RIVERSIDE, Calif.- Stephen F. Austin defeated California Baptist 3-0 to finish out the regular season. SFA finished out conference play with a 27-3 overall record and a perfect 16-0 in WAC play. The Ladyjacks are tied with Florida Gulf Coast and Loyola Chicago for the eighth longest win streak in the nation.
Both teams traded points early on in the first set until SFA went on an astonishing nine-point run which gave them a 21-13 lead. With that lead, SFA was able to cruise comfortably to a 25-20 first set victory. SFA jumped out to a lead early on in the second set, 8-3. CBU tried to mount a comeback with two separate three-point spurts, but SFA was able to maintain their lead the entire set and win by a score of 25-22. The Lancers would not go down without a fight as they got the lead early in the third set, 7-3. However, SFA went on a 5-0 spurt to take a slim 14-12 lead later on. Each team went on multiple three-point runs, but SFA came out on top 25-22 after Jayden Flynn sealed the win with an ace.SFA led CBU in points (60-50), aces (9-4), blocks (13-4), and hitting percentage (.270-.205). Ielan Bradley and Camryn Hill led the ‘Jacks with eight kills each, followed by Izabella Ortiz and Ariana Pagan who each recorded six. Jayden Flynn led the team with 15 assists followed by Maddy Bourque with 13. Pagan led the team with 11 digs, followed by Caroline Kahle, who earned her first collegiate start at libero, with 10 digs. Freshman Kyanna Creecy continued her dominance on the net recorded nine blocks which led the team today and is the best single-game block performance for SFA this season. Bradley also recorded five blocks and Tanishua Joseph recorded four.
The Ladyjacks will head into the WAC Tournament with the No. 1 seed and will play the No. 8 seed on Thursday, November 16th at 5:00 p.m. central time.
By: Amanda Paver, SFA Assistant Director for Strategic Communications