- Staff Reporter
- Photo Credit: Gary Hardaman
HAMMOND, Louisiana – Nothing in life is perfect, but Northwestern State volleyball’s performance in their dominant sweep of Lamar on Tuesday night was pretty close.
It was the second-best hitting night of the year (.425), nearly .400 points better than Lamar, including a second set that saw them go at a .500 clip with zero attack errors.
The Lady Demons (12-7, 4-1 SLC) are riding momentum and playing at a high level with a lot of consistency, something that head coach Sean Kiracofe and staff have preached the last several weeks and one he hopes continues into Thursday.
“The simple answer is consistency,” Kiracofe said. “It’s a little more complicated when you’re talking about mentality, but I think we’ll be fine from a skill standpoint but as long as we keep our mental approach the same, I think we’ll be good.”
Hannah Brister continues to put up impressive numbers, adding another 16 kills to her conference best 273 and 4.48 per set average. She remains in the top 20 nationally in total kills and ninth in kills per set.
What has made the Lady Demons take the next step this season has been the presence of Alexis Warren, Kourtney Seaton and others who have become even more dangerous options offensively as the season has progressed.
Warren nears 200 kills, while Seaton has commended her spot in the middle, along with redshirt freshman Reagan Lee as both offensive and defensive presences with a combined 190 kills and 94 blocks. Lee leads the team in solo blocks (11), block assists (43), and total blocks (54).
The 4-1 start to Southland Conference play matches the best for the Lady Demons under Kiracofe. A win on Thursday at Southeastern Louisiana (8-10, 3-2 SLC) would give NSU its best conference start under Kiracofe and the first 5-1 start since the 2013 season.
The Lady Lions stumbled in their most recent outing, falling to Sam Houston in straight sets this past Saturday. Before the loss they rattled off three straight conference wins against McNeese, Lamar, and Nicholls over the course of six calendar days.
Southeastern ranks in the middle of the conference with a .197 attack percentage with Jodi Edo (.292) and Sam Gomez (.286) leading the charge at fourth and seventh in the conference respectively. The Lions have five players with more than 100 kills on the season, three of which average better than 2.0 kills per set.
“They’ve found a way to get Edo in a good position to score,” Kiracofe said. “There are matches where she will put up huge numbers. Once that happens everyone else fills in and plays their role and scores because the defense is focused on her. It’s about managing her and when everyone else gets some good looks playing defense and transitioning that out into points for us.”
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Article sourced from provided press release.