- Staff Reporter
- Photo Credit: Chris Reich, NSU Photographic Services
SAN ANTONIO – Getting a road win in the Southland Conference is no easy task. On Saturday, Northwestern State volleyball goes for their second of the week as they take on Incarnate Word at 12 p.m.
Links to live coverage of Saturday’s match are available at www.nsudemons.com.
The Lady Demons (10-7, 2-1 SLC) fought off a talented Texas A&M-Corpus Christi squad on Thursday night to pick up their first road conference win of the season.
“It was a great match on both sides of the net,” coach Sean Kiracofe said following the win Thursday. “I said between sets this is what you want a conference match to be, this is why you play.
“I’m sure the tough preseason matches and the Houston Baptist match prepared us for this, but to do it on the road in front of a good crowd is another good step in the right direction.”
NSU turns their attention to an Incarnate Word (4-13, 0-3 SLC) team that has struggled to find their way of late.
The Cardinals have lost their last seven matches in a row but pushed Central Arkansas to five sets before falling on Thursday night.
UIW took the first two sets in the match before UCA took a close third set and a runaway fourth. The Sugar Bears ended the fifth set with a 6-2 run that made it a 15-13 final.
“They have a lot of talent,” Kiracofe said. “Bethany Clapp was on the preseason all-conference team and any match she can go up there and put up a ton of numbers. She’s going to score her points and if everybody else gets in gear then they’ll be tough.”
Clapp leads the team with 192 kills, sixth most in the SLC, and a 3.0 kill per set average, but the Cardinals rank last in total kills. The defense at the net has proven more fruitful, however.
UIW has two players ranked in the top 10 in the conference in total block, one of just three teams that can make that distinction, and as a team ranks third in the SLC in blocks (131.0) and block per set (2.05).
“They’ve played with a bunch of teams and taken a lot of sets,” Kiracofe said. “They just haven’t been able to turn that into as many wins as they’d like. But they’re fully capable of doing that.”
A win for the Lady Demons on Saturday would match their best start to conference play since 2016.
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Article sourced from provided press release.