NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Northwestern State volleyball team kicked off its spring season with a bang, putting together a 4-0 mark over in-state rival Louisiana Tech on Thursday and Southland Conference foes on Saturday at Stephen F. Austin.
"Overall, we were pleased with each contest. We looked a little rusty at Louisiana Tech, but I think everyone does their first time out in the spring," said co-head coach Hugh Hernesman. "I thought we played good defense and we saw some of the things we've been working on in the spring come out in each match."
At LA Tech, the Lady Demons walked away with a 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-14, 10-15) advantage, and followed with straight victories over Sam Houston State and the Ladyjacks, defeating them both 2-0 in a best-of-three style tournament.
Lamar posed the only threat in Nacogdoches, taking NSU to a third set as the Lady Demons prevailed with a 15-9 rally to claim the match, 2-1.
Stacey DiFrancesco, Caiti O'Connell and Amanda Kunz led the Lady Demon offense, while libero Keelie Arneson anchored the back line.
"We've brought up the tempo of our play quite a bit, and I expected there to be more errors, but it went pretty well, so we're excited with where that's going," said Hernesman. "We're starting to change some of our personnel so we can make those moves in the fall, and we're basically adding some tools to our belt," said Hernesman.
NSU hits the court once again on Saturday at Louisiana-Lafayette with matches versus Southern Mississippi, Jackson State, San Jacinto Junior College and Louisiana Tech.