Oct. 20, 2005
Heading into the second round of Southland Conference play, the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks are headed down the bayou to face Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State in a couple of conference matches over the weekend.
This will be the second time the Ladyjacks face the Lady Lions and the Colonels this season.
Coming off a 3-2 victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats on Tuesday, the Ladyjacks head south in search of two victories that will extend their SLC lead and their current 11-match win streak. SFA is carrying an 18-2 overall record and a flawless 10-0 SLC mark.
First up this weekend is Southeastern Louisiana. The Ladyjacks and Lady Lions will square off at 7 p.m. on Friday night in Hammond, La. at the University Center. The two teams have already met this season, with SFA taking the win, 3-1, in the conference opener in Nacogdoches.
Since then, Southeastern La. has only been able to put together two conference wins for a 2-7 SLC mark and an overall 6-12 record.
Heading into Thibodaux on Saturday, the Ladyjacks will face the winless Nicholls State Colonels at 4 p.m. at Stopher Gym. Early on in the season, the Ladyjacks managed a 3-1 victory over the Colonels. In a season cut almost in half because of storms in the Gulf, Nicholls State has only competed in 10 matches, while having another 10 cancelled. Nine of their matches were in conference play.
Although the two teams have not had much success on the court, SFA head coach Debbie Humphreys is not underestimating the Colonels and the Lady Lions.
"Nicholls and Southeastern are dangerous," said Humphreys. "They are dangerous because they haven't had much success on the win-loss side of things.
"These are teams that are capable of causing problems. They just haven't managed to put it together for an entire match," she continued. "For a coach, these are the scariest types of teams because your team might overlook them and not take them seriously."
Although they escaped from Sam Houston State with a win on Tuesday, it was not an easy match for the Ladyjacks. Being down 2-1 and on the verge of their third loss this season, the Ladyjacks turned around a 23-17 deficit in game four to take the win, 30-28. They kept the momentum going into the deciding game with a 15-10 win to close the match, 3-2.
"I'm hoping we'll learn a lesson from what happened at Sam," said Humphreys. "Hopefully we don't have to get a loss to learn."