No. 1 SFA Remains Perfect, Locks Up Title Berth With Win Over Islanders

first_imgCONWAY, Ark. – No. 1 -seeded Stephen F. Austin continued its run through the postseason with a 3-1 victory over No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday afternoon inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. The Ladyjacks were pushed to victory by Corin Evans’ match-high 19 kills and .419 hitting percentage in addition to 20 digs from Madelynn Miller.Set OneSFA took the opening game 25-23 after tucking away 14 kills on 41 swings and a .268 hitting mark. Danae Daron opened the offense up for the Ladyjacks, who recorded six kills in their opening seven points of the afternoon to knot the score at 7-7. Evans then tucked away a pair of strikes that placed the SFA squad ahead by a two-point margin. The Islanders then took the lead 9-8 on a service ace from Faith Panhans. The two teams remained close up until the set was deadlocked at 23 points. Xariah Williams and Bailey Mulder proceeded to close out the opening game for the Ladyjacks, notching a kill and a block, respectively, to put their team up 1-0 over the Islanders.Set TwoSFA jumped ahead on the opening play and never relinquished the lead throughout the second set of the semifinal match. Williams provided the punch this time, logging four kills on five attempts with no errors to her name. In total, the Ladyjacks’ notched 19 kills en route to a .474 team hitting percentage for the set. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Madison Green woke up and tacked on seven terminations to her stat line but the SFA offense proved too powerful and ultimately took the second game 25-18.Set ThreeThe Islanders’ seemed to be clicking throughout the third set as Green (13) and Chloe Simon (11) entered double-digit kill figures for the match. A&M-Corpus Christi’s offense was a force at the net as it edged out the Ladyjacks 16-13 in the kills category. Simon sealed the set for the Islanders with another termination on an assist from Green, to put SFA away 25-21.Set FourWith a bid to the championship match at stake, Stephen F. Austin hit the gas early in the final set, jumping out to a 3-1 lead and never looking back. Evans paved the way with six more kills to bring the Ladyjacks to a .355 attack percentage for the contest. Mulder’s defensive play at the net secured a 25-19 win for SFA, wrapping up a four-block set or the Ladyjacks and punching a ticket to the championship match.Stephen F. Austin will now face No. 2 Sam Houston State for the Southland Conference Tournament Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Opening serve is slated for 3:05 p.m. CT inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. The match will be an exclusive presentation of ESPN+, available via ESPNPlus.com and the ESPN app.last_img read more

Premier League: Unai Emery Pleads for More Time as Arsenal Lose to Leicester

first_img arsenalJames Maddisonjamie vardyLeicester City First Published: November 10, 2019, 10:06 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Leicester: Arsenal manager Unai Emery pleaded for calm and patience after his side lost 2-0 at Leicester on Saturday to fall eight points behind the Premier League’s top four.Jamie Vardy and James Maddison were the architects of another fine victory for the Foxes, who moved into second, as the English duo struck in the space of seven second-half minutes. A return to the Champions League next season was Emery’s target after a summer of heavy investment in reshaping his squad.But Arsenal will fall nine points behind the top four should Manchester City avoid defeat away to league leaders Liverpool on Sunday.”We are very ambitious in our target, but we know we need time and patience,” said Emery, who faces an anxious wait to see if his wish will be granted by the Arsenal board with a two-week international break coming up.After early signs of promise at the start of the Spaniard’s reign last season, Arsenal have now taken fewer points in Emery’s first 50 Premier League games in charge than the final 50 of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year tenure.In the face of mounting speculation over his future, Emery surprisingly maintained Mesut Ozil alongside the front two of new captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.That bold strategy nearly paid off when Lacazette fired the first big chance of the match inches wide after Aubameyang had burrowed his way into the area.”If we score the first goal, we could have controlled the game. We didn’t do it and they did,” added Emery.Thereafter, it was Leicester who showed the greater threat going forward.Wilfred Ndidi missed a glorious opportunity when he smashed off the crossbar with the goal gaping from Ricardo Pereira’s cutback four minutes into the second half.Arsenal were the first to put the ball in the net when Aubameyang supplied a characteristically clinical finish but was rightly flagged offside.Vardy has an excellent record against Arsenal and when his chance came, the Premier League’s top scorer was ruthless with a low finish past Bernd Leno from Youri Tielemans’s pass.”It was a brilliant goal and from there I thought we took control of the game,” said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.Vardy turned provider for Leicester’s second as he laid the ball back into the path of Maddison to drill a low shot in from outside the box.”People say they enjoy watching us but we enjoy playing so much. It’s a great feeling,” said Maddison.Arsenal offered precious little after going behind and have now won just two of their last 10 league games. last_img read more