SFA Drops Road Trip Finale To Islanders
Oct. 6, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI- Texas - Jill Ivy had 14 kills, but the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks could never get over the hump on Saturday in dropping a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-21) match to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Dugan Wellness Center to close out a two-match road swing.
It is the third consecutive loss by the Ladyjacks (14-6, 5-3 SLC), its longest losing skid of the year and marks the first time SFA has been swept in consecutive matches since late in the 2010 season. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (13-6, 6-2 SLC) managed to remain in a tie for second place in the league with the victory.
SFA hit .196 for the match, led by Ivy's 14 kills and 12 from Tori Bates. Paige Holland had 36 assists, but the Ladyjacks were outblocked 9.0-4.0 and had a hard time slowing down an Islander offense that finished with a .362 attack percentage for the afternoon, the highest by a Ladyjack opponent this season.
SFA led by as much as three points in the first set, but hit just .161 and fell victim to a 9-4 advantage for the Islanders to close out the first set. One set later SFA hit at a .379 clip, but again had no answer for the Islanders who scored 18 kills with just one attack error to hit .630 and take the set with another late run.
Ivy and Sabrina Burns each had four kills apiece in the final frame, but despite holding a 17-16 lead in the set, surrendered another late run, this one a 6-2 spurt that closed out the Islander win.
SFA is next in action at home on Thursday when it hosts Nicholls in conference action.