Volleyball enters SWAC Tournament

Senior, Ryleigh Taylor starts the second set by sending the ball to the Braves in their match against Alcorn inside Semoyour Gym on November 11 ( Jamie Calhoun/DIGEST )

Going into Thursday night’s game against the Alcorn State University Braves, the Southern University lady Jaguars standing in the swac tournament was undecided, which they sought to change in their competition Thursday evening which also happened to be senior night for Southern University

While it remained relatively close during the first set with the Alcorn State Braves holding the lead, An outstanding play by the lady Jaguars’ Nya Campbell seemingly revitalized the team, taking the lead and coming out of the first set with a winning score of 25 to 20.

Seemingly maintaining their energy from the first set Jaguars quickly took a lead in the second set quickly scoring points and even having a 5 kill run which led to a 15 to 8 differential on the scoreboard with the lady Jaguars up in the second set. The Lady Jaguars continued to hold that advantage and went on to win the second set 25 to 17.

In the third set, the Jaguars took off to an early lead as they scored 8 consecutive points to catch the Braves off guard early. Despite trying to fight back towards the middle of the set, Southern maintained their lead to claim victory in the set, 25-16. This concluding set saw Southern claim the game victory by a score of 3-0 in the afternoon.

The Jags finished their regular season schedule with a win as they defeated the Alcorn Braves during their Senior Night. The Jags finished the season with a record of 7-9 in conference play, and 8-14. The Jags will be participating in the SWAC Tournament in coming weeks as they seek to rewrite the story of their season.

When asked about the hardships that the team has had to go through to get to this point, Coach Jacobs was candid in her response. “Injuries and movement [within the team]. Having people who haven’t really played a whole lot stepping into these new roles and owning them has been really important.”

This years SWAC Tournament will take place in Huntsville, Alabama as the Jaguars await seeding to find out who they’ll be playing next week.

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