- Staff Reporter
THIBODAUX, La. — Despite a sluggish first set to open the match, the Nicholls State University women’s volleyball program (9-7, 3-2 Southland) orchestrated a series of surgical strikes across the final three to power past Abilene Christian (4-11. 2-3 Southland) on Thursday evening, eclipsing the Wildcats by a 3-1 set margin at Stopher Gym in Thibodaux, La. With the victory, the Colonels improve to a conference record exceeding .500 (3-2) for the first time since 2014 (3-2 after five matches).
KEY STORYLINES & STATISTICS (W 3-1)
— The Wildcats bolted out of the gate in the first pair of sets, picking up the opening period on a 26-24 final score before the Red & Gray evened the match in the second off a 25-23 mark. The Colonels responded with dominant play to wrap up the eventual victory, initially taking the match lead on a 25-15 third set before sealing the win behind a 25-20 tally in the fourth.
— Nicholls managed to maintain a consistent offensive performance, closing out the match with a .247 hitting percentage and 60 total kills as a team. Overall, the .247 hitting percentage ranks fourth amongst all contests this season and first within the Red & Gray’s five league competitions, jumping HBU in both categories after a similarly strong showing a week ago in Houston, Texas.
— Individually, sophomores RS Katie Jones & OH Emily Gauthreaux shared the offensive load, registering a combined 33 kills on the night; meanwhile, junior S Meghan Wozniak continued to earn her keep as the team’s primary setter, posting her second-highest assist total of the season (49) along with nine digs and one kill. As for Jones, the sophomore’s .368 hitting percentage serves as one of her best of the year, ranking just second below her .400 hitting performance at Georgia Southern in the season-opening tournament.
— Once again, junior OH Kate Hoerdemann plugged a number of holes for the Colonels as the do-it-all athlete, essentially recording a “double-double” with a team-best 19 digs along with 11 kills (third best).
— Defensively, sophomore DS Kylie Lockhart stepped up her game as one of the squad’s principal diggers, registering a team-best 19 digs (shared with Hoerdemann) as well as two service aces.
— Notably, junior MB Lydia Frederick saw her first serious action of the season, logging four kills and two solo blocks across three sets on the hardwood.
With a victory over ACU in the books, the Colonels shift focus to their final home match for the next three weeks, hosting UIW on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. in Stopher Gym.
Article sourced from provided press release.