Ladyjacks Face Texas in NCAA Tournament Opener

first_imgTHE FIRST SERVE• For the first time since 2006, the SFA volleyball team is back in the NCAA Tournament field and Thursday night inside Gregory Gym the Ladyjacks start their postseason run against fifth-ranked Texas inside Gregory Gym. • First serve in the third meeting between SFA and Texas in the Ladyjacks’ NCAA Division I era is set for 7:00 p.m. The match will be televised nationally on the Longhorn Network with Paul Sunderland and Karch Kiraly providing play-by-play and analysis. Video streaming will be available via tinyurl.com/SFAvsUT and ESPN apps.• Setting up shop inside Gregory Gym will be longtime SFA volleyball expert Greg Miller. His call of the match can be heard on an internet radio stream available at SFAVolleyblog.net. NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY• 2018 marks the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance for SFA and its first in 12 years. • SFA previously made the cut for the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2006. • SFA has an all-time record of 1-4 in the NCAA Tournament with its only victory coming in five sets over Alabama in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament which was played, oddly enough, inside Gregory Gym. • SFA’s losses in the NCAA Tournament have come against Clemson (3-2 on 11/30/94), Texas (3-0 on 12/4/97 and 3-0 on 12/2/06) and Texas A&M (3-0 on 12/2/99).LET’S TALK STREAKS AND WINS• SFA’s 29-match winning streak is currently the longest in the nation at the moment. It’s also one of five active winning streaks that are at 20 matches or longer. Stanford (26 matches), UCF (24 matches), Kentucky (21 matches) and Creighton (20 matches) have all won 20 or more matches in a row as well. • That winning streak by SFA is also the longest in program history. With their Southland Conference Tournament quarterfinal win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Ladyjacks passed 2006 edition of the the team for the longest winning streak in program history. That 2006 squad won 26 in a row which included the program’s first – and so far only – NCAA Tournament victory.• SFA is a perfect 11-0 in road matches this season. That makes the Ladyjacks the only NCAA Division I volleyball team in the nation who has not lost a true road match this season. Also, the Ladyjacks’ 11-match winning streak in road matches is tied with Stanford and Kentucky for the lengthiest in the nation.• Not only is SFA perfect on the road, but it is perfect inside Shelton Gym this season, too. The Ladyjacks are 14-0 on their home floor and have won 15-straight matches there dating back to last season. That gives SFA the nation’s eighth-longest active home court winning streak and makes it one of 14 teams in the land this year that haven’t lost a home match in 2018. • Dating back to last season, SFA has also won 17 consecutive Southland Conference matches – the sixth-longest active in-conference winning streak in all of NCAA Division I volleyball. • No team in the nation has amassed more wins so far than SFA. The Ladyjacks are the only team in the land that has reached the 30-win mark and their 32 victories are three more than the next closest team in the land. Pittsburgh has won 29 matches to put them second in total wins behind SFA. LAST TIME OUT• Danae Daron was named the Southland Conference Tournament MVP while Anyia Williams and Makenzee Hanna each earned spots on the Southland Conference All-Tournament Team as the Ladyjacks blasted Central Arkansas 3-0 in the Southland Conference Tournament title match on Sunday, Nov. 18. • On her birthday, Williams accumulated team-highs in both kills (nine) and blocks (eight) to help lead SFA back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. • Ann Hollas delivered a trio of service aces while Haley Coleman and Sabrina Monaco added two more each for SFA who racked up eight winners from the service line. • SFA hit .337 and held the Sugar Bears to a clip of just .146. DEFENSE• SFA ranks fourth nationally in opponent hitting percentage with a mark of .139. That figure is the best in the Southland Conference, too. • The Ladyjacks’ front-row defense has played a part in that, too, as SFA leads the Southland in both blocks per set (2.71) and total blocks (316.5). On the national scene, SFA ranks 12th in total blocks and 20th in blocks per set. • Most of SFA’s front-row defensive prowess has been because of three individuals – Danae Daron, Anyia Williams and Makenzee Hanna. Daron and Williams rank 41st in the nation as both average 1.26 blocks per set while Hanna adds 0.97 blocks per set. SERVICE PRESSURE• Four Ladyjacks have accumulated 25 or more service aces this season. That has helped SFA rank 26th nationally with 178 total aces and 37th in the land with a service aces per set mark of 1.52. • McKenzie Brewer, Haley Coleman and Marisabel Torres have each totaled five service aces in a match one time this season. It’s Coleman who leads SFA with 36 winners from the service line while Brewer (29), Ann Hollas (27) and Peyton Redmond (26) each have over 25 aces as well. SCOUTING TEXAS | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS• After winning their second-straight Big 12 crown, the Longhorns set their sights on another deep postseason run. One of those runs hinges on a powerful offense as Texas ranks second in the land with an attack percentage of .308. • The Longhorns are led by 2018 Big 12 Coach of the Year Jerritt Elliott who has 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year Micaya White and 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Logan Eggleston at his disposal. • White leads the team in kills per set (3.88) and ranks second in digs per set (2.41). Offensively, other big players for the Longhorns include Eggleston (2.87 kills/set), Brionne Butler (2.09 kills/set) and Yaazie Bedart-ghani (2.59 kills/set). • Bedart-ghani (.370), Butler (.363) and Morgan Johnson (.358) ranks second, third and fourth among all Big 12 players in terms of hitting percentage. They rank 38th, 45th and 53rd in the nation respectively, too.• Butler (1.20 blocks/set) and Johnson (1.08 blocks/set) lead the way at the front of the net for Texas. As a team, the Longhorns rank 48th nationally with 2.44 blocks per set. COMING UP NEXT• Should SFA defeat the fifth-ranked Longhorns, it would move on to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Ladyjacks would take on the winner of Texas State and Rice in a second-round match on Friday night at 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

Budgeting For Your Internet Strategy

first_imgThe cost of running and promoting your website can vary greatly depending on the scope and how much you decide to handle in-house. Often you can save money by doing things yourself or using free tools, but this can be demanding on staff time and, depending on your staff’s experience and expertise, can compromise the quality of the outcome. Hiring a consultant will cost more money, but with the right one, the impact on staff will be minimal, the project will be completed in a timely manner, and you will save your self some hard lessons about strategizing and implementation. Of course, you’ll have to weigh your own resources to decide the best path for your organization.To successfully fundraise online you have to take a special interest in your website and overall Internet strategy. Here’s an overview of the resources you may require.Planning/development costs. Integrate your online work with the rest of your organization’s strategic plan. From a staff cost perspective, you want to look at what you want to accomplish first, how much money you want to spend overall in your first phase, how you want to manage the project, and which employees will do the work.In addition to staff, you will have to make budget decisions on what vendors to use for your Internet presence- for designing (or redesigning) and hosting your web site, for example. While it is possible to design your site in-house, most organizations outsource the initial design to a design firm or consultant, then handle the maintenance and updates in-house.Contracts for building Web sites vary tremendously according to the anticipated size of the site, interactive features, and any special technologies. Be sure to compare bids from multiple vendors, and, depending on the complexity of your site, consider hiring a consultant to help you with the vendor selection process. TechSoup.org has an excellent section on working with consultants.Hosting your web site and making technology decisions is another cost factor. If you have a very simple site with little technology, your hosting fees can be as low as $20 per month. If you have a more complex site that is database-driven, be prepared to pay between $250 and $1,000 per month or more.Marketing and promotion. Often a web site launch has two phases – the “soft launch” and the “hard launch.” For the soft launch, a site is made “live” without a lot of fanfare and promotion. Often organizations use this time to ensure everything works as expected, work out any kinks, and make final changes to the site. Then, when everything is in tip-top shape, the hard launch begins – a fanfare-filled series of announcements and events that drive traffic to the new site.A combination of online promotional strategies and traditional public relations techniques is most effective for the hard launch, and the costs can vary based on the scope of the promotion and the degree of outsourcing. At a minimum, your launch should include e-mailing all of your lists and contacting relevant portals and sites. A more aggressive launch would include faxing your press release to known media outlets, developing an online campaign to drive traffic to your site, pitching stories about newsworthy features on your site to specific reporters, holding a public meeting or event to announce the launch, distributing collateral marketing materials and more. A marketing firm or consultant might charge between $2,000 and $25,000 (and up!) to handle the launch, or you could handle the promotion in-house, investing less money but more staff and volunteer time.Source: Groundspring ITS Topic 7last_img read more