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Lady Demons look to continue Southland volleyball streak against McNeese, Nicholls
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Northwestern State sophomore Caiti O’Connell fires a ball through two Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack players. The Lady Demons sit in fifth place in the Southland standings. Photo by Gary Hardamon/Northwestern State.
Northwestern State sophomore Caiti O’Connell fires a ball through two Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack players. The Lady Demons sit in fifth place in the Southland standings. Photo by Gary Hardamon/Northwestern State.
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The Northwestern State volleyball team will host Southland Conference foes McNeese State and Nicholls State at Prather Coliseum on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., respectively.

The Lady Demons (8-9 overall, 4-1 SLC) picked up a huge win over conference powerhouse Oral Roberts on Saturday, defeating the Golden Eagles in a five-set thriller.

The Cowgirls (12-8, 5-2) are coming off of a five-game win-streak with recent victories over Southeastern and New Orleans while Nicholls (4-12, 1-5) defeated the Privateers on Saturday for their first league win.

NSU took two wins from McNeese last season, blanking the Cowgirls both times. The lone match-up with the Colonels resulted in a 3-2 win for the Lady Demons.

Redshirt sophomore Caiti O’Connell and freshman Ashley Elrod lead the NSU attack.

O’Connell currently knocks down 2.98 kills per set while Elrod sits just behind with 2.95.

The duo sit 13th and 15th in the conference kills per set ledger.

Libero Keelie Arneson holds down second in the league in digs, registering 5.13 per set behind ORU’s Bruna Silva with 5.16.

Setters Emily Johnson and Natalie Jaeger have dished out 588 total assists this season while sophomore Glynna Johnson holds down the middle with 48 total blocks.

For McNeese, sophomore Malina Sanchez leads with a .270 attack percentage while sitting 11th in the league, followed by freshman Sophie Tenbusch with .257.

Sanchez also holds a team-high kills mark, noting second in the Southland with 3.83 per set.

Setter Vanessa Bentley, a freshman out of Roseburg, Ore., dishes out 9.04 assists per set while picking up 2.03 digs per set.

Middle blockers Amber Fryer and Carly DeMarque put up .97 and .80 blocks per set, respectively.

Kayla Burling steers Nicholls with 3.31 kills per set while Kalynn Egea digs up 3.84 attacks. Burling also knocks down .37 service aces per set behind Kayla Mashburn with .44 per set.

Thursday night’s match is deemed as kids’ night.

Fans can enjoy free food while supplies last, a jump in the Mighty Vic’s Kids Club bounce house, meet and greet with the NSU cheerleaders and the opportunity to have fun with face-painting.

Matches with Lamar and Sam Houston State on Oct. 24 and 26 are official ‘Dig Pink’ contests.

The Lady Demons will be wearing pink uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness month. As always, it is free to attend all volleyball home events.

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