Southeastern Upsets Ladyjacks
Oct. 13, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Southeastern Louisiana Lions got 20 kills from Courtney Donald and pulled a stunner at Shelton Gym on Saturday, upsetting Stephen F. Austin 3-2 (15-25, 25-21, 25-18, 21-25, 17-15).
It was just the third time in the history of the series that the Lions (7-12, 2-7 SLC) were able to pick up a win over SFA (15-7, 6-4 SLC), and the first win since 2003, snapping a 13-match win streak in the series for the Ladyjacks.
Sabrina Burns led SFA with 13 kills and six blocks and Jill Ivy had 12 kills, but also committed 11 attack errors on a team-high 43 swings. Meanwhile, the Lions finished with 15 blocks as a team, the most by any Ladyjack opponent this season in holding SFA to just .071 hitting for the match.
SFA took care of business in a hurry in Set 1, forcing 11 Lion attack errors and getting four kills from Ivy to jump out to a 1-0 lead; however, that did not last long as Southeastern summoned up some defense of its own in Set 2, cueing up six blocks and holding SFA to just -.070 hitting in taking its first set off the Ladyjacks since 2009.
One set later the Lions were able to go ahead 2-1, hitting .292 with just three attack errors, while SFA hit just -.057 with 12 attack errors in a 25-18 loss. The Ladyjacks managed to force a deciding fifth set with a win in Set 4, hitting just .188 but putting together a 6-1 run that snapped a 14-14 tie and gave the Ladyjacks some breathing room at 20-15 before going on to pick up the four-point win.
But the Ladyjacks had little answer for the Lion offense in the fifth frame as Donald and Shelby Devlin each had four kills as Southeastern hit a solid .212 in the set. SFA had its last lead at 10-9 before SLU went to Donald for consecutive kills and eventually got a match-point try at 14-13, but SFA managed to summon a block in each of the next two match-point tries for the Lions and nearly had a match-point try of its own before a whistle overturned a Ladyjack kill and gave SLU its third match-point try, one which it would convert with a kill from Devlin.
SFA next goes on the road for a non-conference match at Houston Baptist before hosting McNeese State and Lamar on Thursday and Saturday at Shelton Gym.