UAFS will begin its final home stand of the regular season on Thursday when the Lady Lions volleyball team hosts the Dallas Baptist Patriots in a Heartland Conference match at Stubblefield Center.
First serve will be at 6 p.m. The match also will be broadcast on KHGG-FM 101.1 and KHGG-AM 1580.
It will be the first of two final home matches for UAFS, which will host St. Edward’s at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the home finale, and the first of four final matches of the regular season.
Following this week’s home matches, UAFS will play Newman at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Fugate Gymnasium in Wichita, Kan., and Lubbock Christian on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Rip Griffin Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
It will be a crucial home stand for the Lady Lions, who are battling for one of the four spots in the Heartland Conference Tournament. UAFS (15-10, 5-3) is third in the conference and trails league leader Lubbock Christian (17-7, 7-1) by two matches and second place St. Mary’s (12-10, 6-2) by one match.
St. Edward’s (14-10, 4-4) is close behind in fourth place, followed by Dallas Baptist (10-15, 3-5), Texas A&M International (5-17, 3-5) and Newman (1-21, 0-8).
UAFS began the second round of conference play last week with a three-set loss at St. Mary’s, which swept its regular-season series against UAFS, and a three-set win at Texas A&M International, which was swept in the regular-season season against UAFS.
UAFS won its first match against Dallas Baptist on Sept. 25 at The Burge Center in Dallas. It will be the 21st meeting in the all-time series between UAFS and Dallas Baptist. The Lady Lions lead the series 18-2 and haven’t lost to the Patriots since the 2013 Heartland Conference Tournament title match, which the Patriots won in five sets at the Stubblefield Center.
The Lady Lions are hitting at a .197 clip. Senior middle hitter Debra Rogers leads the team in kills (296), kills per set (3.33) and hitting percentage (.366). Freshman setter Taylor Stoops leads the team in assists (685) and assists per set (8.35). Redshirt sophomore right-side hitter Erin Black leads the team in aces (26) and aces per set (.31).
UAFS is holding opponents to a .153 hitting percentage. Rogers leads the team in blocks (80) and blocks per set (.90), and redshirt freshman Pilar Onstad leads the team in digs (406) and digs per set (4.67).