March 20, 2017
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Starting with a trip to Huntsville, Texas, this Saturday, the Stephen F. Austin volleyball team begins its 2017 spring season. In all, the Ladyjacks have four competition dates set up through a span of nearly one month which will help prepare the squad for its upcoming 2017 regular season.
“We are excited to get the opportunity to compete this spring,” SFA head coach Debbie Humphreys said. “We have 14 returning players and look forward to getting all of them some quality court time so we can really see how they are progressing. This spring will lay the foundation for a successful fall season.”
Humphreys, who will start her 30th season in charge at SFA once the regular season begins in August of 2017, will take SFA on the road for its first three spring dates before closing out the competition period in Shelton Gym on Saturday, April 22.
Despite losing 2016 All-Southland Conference First Team middle blocker Justice Walker and fellow senior Shannon Connell, the Ladyjacks return a number of familiar faces as they set their sights on a 2017 Southland Conference regular season crown.
Reigning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year Ann Hollas returns to set up the Ladyjacks’ offense and in the back row the Ladyjacks are led by rising senior and 2016 All-Southland Conference Second Team member Lexus Cain.
In all, over 80 percent of the Ladyjacks’ offense from the 2016 season comes back to the court and in terms of front row defense Danae Daron is back after averaging 1.08 blocks per set through her All-Southland Conference Honorable Mention freshman season.
The 2016 season saw the Ladyjacks post a second-place finish in the Southland Conference standings and advance to the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament. SFA finished with a 20-11 record which included a 12-4 mark in league play, marking the 20th time in Humphreys’ tenure as head coach that the Ladyjacks have posted 20 or more wins in a season.
SFA Volleyball 2017 Spring Schedule
Saturday, March 25 | at Sam Houston State
Sunday, April 2 | at Texas Tornados College Tournament (Houston, Texas)
Saturday, April 8 | at FAST College Tournament (Houston, Texas)
Saturday, April 22 | SFA Tournament