Road Teams Dominate Tuesday Action; UCA, SFA Tied for First

first_imgAdditional storylines:• Tie at the Top: Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin find themselves back at the top of the Southland standings with 11-2 conference records after finishing the non-conference slate with the best records. The Sugar Bears have Houston Baptist, McNeese and Nicholls remaining on their schedule while the Lady Jacks will hit Sam Houston State, Abilene Christian and Lamar.• Road Warriors: Tuesday was the first time this season that the away team has won each of the league matches.• Breaking Perfection: Northwestern State handed Sam Houston State its first loss of the season in conference action with a 3-1 win last Thursday. Junior middle blocker Madeline Drake put up a career-best 16 kills while junior outside hitter Reagan Rogers added 21 kills. Since then, the Bearkats have dropped contests to Central Arkansas and Abilene Christian.• Clinched: Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State each clinched spots to the 2017 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas on Nov. 17-19. Houston Baptist, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi can each claim one of the eight spots in the tournament with one more conference win.Results and Schedule:Tuesday, Oct. 31Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3, Stephen F. Austin 0*Abilene Christian 3, Sam Houston State 0*Central Arkansas 3, Northwestern State 2*UIW 3, Lamar 0*Thursday, Nov. 2Central Arkansas at Houston Baptist* – 6 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian* – 6 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls* – 6:30 p.m.Lamar at Sam Houston State* – 7 p.m.New Orleans at McNeese* – 7 p.m. The Ladyjacks (23-6, 11-2 SLC) were in sole possession of first place going into Tuesday’s home match with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11-13, 8-5 SLC) but were swept to give up just their second league loss of the season. The win for the Islanders was the first time they have won back-to-back matches since Sept. 28-30, and the first time this season they have claimed consecutive victories in straight-set fashion. Corpus Christi had most recently defeated Houston Baptist (17-8, 8-4 SLC) 3-0 last Thursday. This time last week, the Bearkats (13-13, 9-3 SLC) were the lone undefeated team left in conference. Since then, Sam Houston has lost three consecutive matches: the Lady Demons, UCA and Abilene Christian (10-14, 6-6 SLC). The Wildcats pulled off the road sweep last night with three players reaching double figures in kills.   UIW (6-14, 5-8 SLC) swept at Lamar (4-19, 2-11 SLC) to round out Tuesday action. The win puts UIW one match behind ACU for the last spot in the 2017 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, from Nov. 17-19. Tuesday’s Southland Conference volleyball action provided more than enough spooks for a Halloween night. Saturday, Nov. 4Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State* – 11 a.m.Southeastern Louisiana at McNeese* – 11:30 a.m.New Orleans at Nicholls* – NoonLamar at Abilene Christian* – 1 p.m.UIW at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi* – 1 p.m.Northwestern State at Houston Baptist* – 1 p.m.center_img The Sugar Bears (22-3, 11-2 SLC) had to come from behind down 2-1 against Northwestern State (13-15, 8-5 SLC) on Tuesday to squeeze into a tie for first place with SFA. UCA rides a five-match win streak heading into Thursday’s contest at HBU. SFA, UCA and SHSU have already claimed their spots in the Southland postseason with HBU, Northwestern State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi needing just one win to punch their ticket. Two of the top-three teams in league standings entering the night – Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State – each got a scare with only the Sugar Bears walking away with a victory. * – Conference Matchlast_img read more