Tonight, the UAFS volleyball team will host its first home game of the season.
After spending the first two weeks of the regular season on the road, the UAFS volleyball team will finally make its home debut on Thursday when the Lady Lions host the University of Arkansas-Monticello at the Stubblefield Center.
First serve will be 6 p.m. Following the match, there will be an ice cream social in the Bill and "Miss" Wanda Srygley Hospitality Room in the Stubblefield Center.
It will be just the second meeting ever between UAFS (3-5) and UAM (2-8). The Lady Lions won the only match between the two teams in 2009.
UAFS will carry a 17-match home winning streak into the home opener. The Lady Lions last lost at home on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, to Heartland Conference foe Newman Jets in four sets.
Overall, though, the Lady Lions will be looking to snap an uncharacteristic five-match losing streak. UAFS won its first three matches of the season before losing to then-No. 14 Alaska Anchorage in five sets in the championship match of the 20th annual SpringHill Suites Invitational.
This past weekend, UAFS competed in the ultra-tough Colorado Premier Challenge, where the Lady Lions lost to defending national champion and then-No. 2 Wheeling Jesuit and Regis in four sets, then-No. 8 Lewis in three sets and Metro State in five sets.
UAFS has compiled a 0.160 hitting percentage this season with 349 kills on 1,153 attempts with 164 errors. Senior outside hitter Kennedi Coleman leads the team with 3.61 kills per set, while senior middle hitter Payton Hamilton leads the team with a 0.301 hitting percentage.
Freshman setter Erin Black leads the team with 8.55 assists per set, and Hamilton leads the team with 11 aces.
The Lady Lions have held opponents to a 0.187 hitting percentage with 416 kills on 1,243 attempts with 183 errors. Senior middle hitter Shannon Thompson leads the team with 32 total blocks (six solo, 26 assists) and 1.07 blocks per set. Senior libero Emily Tripp leads the team with 6.35 digs per set.
UAM (2-8) is coming off a Great American Conference home loss to Ouachita Baptist on Tuesday night.
The Blossoms have compiled a 0.198 hitting percentage with 412 kills on 1,244 attempts with 166 errors. Senior outside hitter Carolina Gasparini leads the team with 3.14 kills per set, and freshman setter Kendall Vondra leads the team with a 0.270 hitting percentage.
Vondra also leads the team with 8.60 assists, and Gasparini leads the team with 16 aces.
UAM has held opponents to a 0.240 hitting percentage with 498 kills on 1,332 attempts with 178 errors. Senior middle hitter Kya Standford leads the team with 40 total blocks (12 solo, 28 assists) and 1.14 blocks per set.
Junior defensive specialist Macy Mitchell leads the team with 3.97 digs per set.
It will be the last home match for UAFS until Thursday, Sept. 29, when the Lady Lions host conference foe Dallas Baptist at the Stubblefield Center. The Lady Lions will spend next week on the road with conference matches against Lubbock Christian on Thursday, Sept. 22, and against Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday, Sept. 24.