NACOGDOCHES – The University of Central Arkansas volleyball team earned its second Southland Conference victory with a 3-1 win over the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks Saturday afternoon at Shelton Gym.
UCA took the first two games 25-19 and 25-23. The Sugar Bears looked poised to complete the three-game sweep but SFA used a 12-3 run to capture the third set 25-23. UCA recovered in the fourth game and closed out the match with a 25-21 victory.
"It was a nice win today," said head coach David McFatrich. "I thought we did some things really well today in a loud and raucous gym."
One of the things UCA was able to do well was close out the fourth game after struggling to do so in the third set. Jessica Nagy earned five of her 14 kills in the last set and Cristin Curl chalked up seven of her 27 digs to help the Bears close out the win.
"I was really proud of the way our team bounced back after dropping game three," said assistant coach Todd Hay. "We need to get better at finishing games and that’s something we will work on when we get home."
Taylor Hammonds was another Sugar Bear instrumental in the victory. The Kimball, Texas native finished with 12 kills and three blocks. Marissa Collins chipped in a double-double with 42 assists and 11 digs. Meanwhile, Karlie Giesler earned 12 kills and nine digs.
UCA, who has now been on the road for five straight weeks, will spend one more weekend on the road before returning home to the Prince Center where they have won 30 consecutive matches.
"Being on the road like we have been has been very tough," said McFatrich. "It takes a toll on you both academically and athletically."
The Sugar Bears return to action on Thursday when they travel to Thibodaux, La. to take on Nicholls State.