SFA hit just .053 in its 3-0 loss to Sam Houston State on Thursday.
Oct. 4, 2012
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Coming off its first loss in conference play, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks struggled throughout the night and dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-18) at Sam Houston State on Thursday at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
SFA (14-5, 5-2 SLC) hit just .053 for the match and let for just one point in the three-set affair. The loss evened the season series with the Bearkats (9-9, 5-1 SLC) and was the first sweep by Sam Houston of Stephen F. Austin since 1996.
It was also the first loss of the season for the Ladyjacks on an opponent's home floor and keeps SFA winless in Huntsville since 2007.
Jill Ivy led SFA with nine kills, and Sabrina Burns had seven. Madison Hanlan led the Ladyjacks with 15 digs and while Cara Leslie continued to show well at the net with eight blocks.
Kaylee Hawkins was the only player to reach double figure kills for either squad, scoring 12 times on 32 swings for the Bearkats. Sam Houston pulled out the win despite nine service errors and just a .193 attack percentage.
SFA hit just .044 in the first set and was never able to get into the set until late, falling behind 18-9 before eventually trimming the lead all the way back to three on an ace from Tori Bates. But the Ladyjacks could get no closer as three Ladyjack miscues in the final four points closed it out.
The next set went no better as SFA quickly fell behind 16-6 and eventually trailed by as much as 13 points at the 23-10 point of the set before scoring seven of the final nine points to cut the lead to as low as seven points on their way to hitting just .118 for the set.
SFA came out better in the in the third set, taking a short 5-4 lead early in the set before the `Kats eventually stretched things back out to 16-11 later in the frame. The Ladyjacks committed 10 miscues in Set 3, eventually giving up the final three consecutive points to give the `Kats the win.
The Ladyjacks continue their road trip with a matinee match on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.