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Lady Demons fall in five set thriller in Southland volleyball tournament final
Nov 27, 2013 | 186 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Southland Conference tournament All-Tournament team members Ashley Elrod and Keelie Arneson led the Northwestern State volleyball team in a heart-breaking 3-2 (25-19, 25-20, 13-25, 14-25, 12-15) loss to Central Arkansas in the tournament championship match, Sunday afternoon at the Dugan Wellness Center.

Despite the loss, the Lady Demons have posted the best record in program history, collecting a 21-12 overall mark. The Sugar Bears (29-3) claimed the regular season championship after posting a perfect record in league play. They notch their second conference tournament championship and NCAA tournament appearance in a row, and extend their win-streak to 22.

"First of all, congratulations to Central Arkansas. They do things the right way and are worthy champions,” said fourth year co-head coach Hugh Hernesman.

“That being said, this is a difficult and bittersweet moment for us. While we would like to recognize, once again, the best season in program history, the bottom line is that we came up of our goal for the season,” said Hernesman

Elrod and Stacey DiFrancesco registered double-doubles on the day, knocking down 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Elrod dug up 11 UCA attacks while DiFrancesco notched 17. The duo also slapped two service aces each.

“We're very proud of this group and this season and as time passes, I believe we'll be able to appreciate this historic season a little bit more than we can at the moment,” said Hernesman.
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