Jacque Allen recorded a season-high 13 digs and the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack volleyball team swept New Orleans 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-8) in the Southland Conference opener for both teams Thursday night in Shelton Gym.
The win over UNO (2-11, 0-1 SLC) marks the first meeting between the two teams since 2008, and is the first victory over the Privateers since they joined the conference. The series is tied 3-3 all-time between the two schools.
SFA (9-4, 1-0 SLC) swung a .286 clip, as Allen made her return to the court after missing the last six matches due to injury. The 13-kill night from the Mansfield, Texas, native, is her fourth double-figure kill performance in eight matches played on the season.
Freshman Kaitlyn Granger joined Allen in double-figures, recording 11. The 11-kill performance ties her career-high and is the third time she has hit the mark in 2013.
Junior Paige Holland hauled in 36 assists in the win, and libero OJ Olson and Janet Hill finished with 26 and 12 digs each, respectively. The Ladyjacks finished with five blocks as a team.
SFA opened all three sets 7-1 over UNO, but had to rally in the opening set after falling behind 18-15. After jumping out to the early lead, the Privateers went on a 13-7 run to tie the match at 14-all. When the match once again evened at 22-22, SFA capitalized on an error from UNO and a pair of kills from Allen to take a 1-0 lead.
The Ladyjacks never relinquished the lead in the next two sets, winning each by double-figures, to take the match 3-0. The sweep is fourth of the season through 13 matches played.
SFA will next welcome Southeastern Louisiana to Nacogdoches, when the two schools square off at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.
- From SFA Athletics