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