Volleyball rides 12-game winning streak to first conference title in 10 years


“Just blessed,” is how Head Volleyball Coach Laura Groff describes this past season. A season in which the Roadrunners topped off by winning the Southland Conference Tournament Championship, their first in 10 years.

Winning the championship was an impressive feat on its own, but equally impressive was the Roadrunners road to the title.

“We had so many firsts this year: we beat SFA at their place, we beat Lamar at their place and then we beat Central [Arkansas] at home, so it was like, ‘Wow I think we’re going to win this whole thing and the regular season championship,'” Groff said.

During the preseason the Roadrunners had a 6-8 record, but by the time the season started the team had found its stride.

After losing their second game of the season to Texas State, the Roadrunners went on a 12 game winning streak, which kept them tied with Central Arkansas for the number one seed.

During the Southland Tournament, they survived a scare by McNeese to advance to the semifinals, where they swept Lamar and from there they went on to defeat the No. 1 seeded Central Arkansas for the title.

The Roadrunners went on to face No. 8 Texas in their NCAA Tournament opener, who they lost to in three sets.

Next up for the Roadrunners?

Maybe another championship.

“I think every coach and every player should have those goals to repeat,” Groff said.