Ladyjacks volleyball team beat North Western State Friday Night, at Shelton Gym in Chilly Fillmore’s Invitational.
The first game of the invitational was held this past Friday, at 1p.m. between Souther Mississippi and Robert Morris. Following with the Ladyjacks vs. North Western State at 6:30p.m. The Ladyjacks ended the periods; 15-25, North Western; 25-17, SFA; 25-19, SFA and 25-20 SFA.
The Ladyjacks ended their first game with a 3-1 victory. SFA gets off to a great start in their Invitational opener. Sabrina Burns, number 8, middle blocker, of SFA did a great job, not only getting high in the air but scoring a few points on her end and, a few spikes as well. She ended the game with 16 kills and 5 blocks. Paige Holland, number 1, setter, ended her night with 39 assist of SFA’s 49 of the night. Madison Hanlan, number 7, defensive specialist, went for 27 of SFA’s 65 digs.
The Demons came out of the locker room determined to win, while the Jacks seemed sluggish in the first period. But after that first period the Jacks dominated the court. Players and coaches alike had their game faces on. They pumped each other up after every point. The intensity in the game was visible and felt.
Coach Humphreys, did a greta job pumping her ladies up. After every huddle and time out SFA would come out with great combinations and spiking the ball back in the Demons faces. They came out pumped and cheering not only each other on but the crowed as well.
It seemed that after winning the first period, the Demons could never regain the lead. Each period the Demons trailed the Ladyjacks by a few points or simply tied the game but never gained the lead. They just could not overcome the Jacks.
The last two periods were exciting, nail biting and a match not to be missed. The 3rd period was a close one the whole time. The Demons and the Jacks really did some work. A couple of defensive stops were made by both sides, which got hearts pumping and blood flowing, bringing the crowd to it’s feet, and cheering.
Jill Ivy, number 10, outside hitter for SFA held her defensive ground, jumping up at the chance to reject anything North Western had to throw at her. In the 4th she seemed to be a brick wall, which the Demons could not break down. Anything that went her way she spiked back.
The real game was in the 4th period. The Demons came out spitting fire again, as they did in the 1st. The Demons started with a 3-0 run over the Ladyjacks. SFA then managed to tie the Demons at 10-10 toward the end. Finally when the Ladyjacks hit 20, the Demons could not come back, sending them back to the locker room with their first loss of the Invitational.
The Ladyjacks gave their crowd an exciting opening game. A game that kept the crowd wanting more. Cheering, and hollering; the Ladyjacks are a team who are fun to watch. They are the kind of team that gets the crowd going and involved. The spectators did their part as well; by getting themselves to the game and supporting their Ladyjacks. It was a moderate crowd at Shelton Gym that night, moderate but loud.
“ It was an intense 4th period, with Northwestern taking the lead at he beginning, but SFA came clutch at the end, and bombarded the Demons with spikes in the end. Go Jacks!” First time volleyball spectator, Jorge Martinez, sophomore, criminal justice major, LSU member said.
The invitational ended this past Saturday Sept 15. The Jacks won their last two games, remaining undefeated in their Invitational. Beating Robert Morris 3-0 and Souther Mississippi 3-1.
The Ladyjacks regular season will continue, Sep 18, vs. Sam Houston, Nacogdoches, Tx, Shelton Gym, at 6:30p.m. Your Ladyjacks are having a great year with a 8:3 record so far. There are 11 home games left, games are free. No excuse not to come support your Ladyjacks. Plus it’s fun.