Volleyball's Comeback Season Comes to an End at Home

Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations
Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The historic comeback season of the Mississippi University for Women volleyball team came to a close on Saturday, Nov. 4 when the Owls hosted Martin Methodist College and Judson College in the beautiful Emma "Ody" Pohl Gymnasium. The W closed the 2017 season 5-22 in its first time on the court since 2002.

The Owls played hard during their final day of competition but despite the effort, they were unable to grab a win. Competing against two tough opponents, The W fell 3-0 (14-25, 12-25, 12-25) to Martin Methodist in match one and 3-0 (25-23, 20-25, 24-26) to Judson in match two.

Against Martin Methodist, the Owls started the match strong, exchanging points with the Red Hawks to start the first set. In the middle of the set, the Owls began to slow defensively allowing Martin Methodist to pull ahead 14-10. For the rest of the set, The W struggled to close the scoring gap but was unable to overcome unforced errors to drop set one 25-14.

For the rest of the match, the Owls struggled to push through difficult sets and recover ground offensively, allowing Martin Methodist to secure the win.

Kayla King, freshman outside hitter, started against the Red Hawks to lead the Owls offense with 9.0 points. Playing in all three sets, King collected 8 kills on 18 total attacks and one service ace

Megan Parks, a freshman from Fayetteville, Ala, took up libero duties in match one for The W. With three sets played, Parks led the Owls defensively with 10 digs.

Other standout players include Madison Lamon who led the team with 18 assists and Mary Grace Prine who collected 3 kills on 8 total attacks and 1 service ace for 4.0 points.

The Owls played much better offensively against the Judson Eagles with each set being decided by less than five points. Unforced errors again played a role in match two, pushing the score in the wrong direction to prevent an Owls win.  

Against Judson, King again led The W offense.  The Caledonia, Miss. native only played in two sets but was able to collect 11.0 point with 9 kills on 25 total attacks with two service aces.

As setter, Lamon collected the most assist for the Owls with 10 and she tied Sadie Mitchell for the team's match high of 13 digs.

The Owls volleyball will continue to practice for the next couple of weeks to continue to build and solid foundation for next season and the coaching staff will continue recruiting efforts to bring depth in key position.

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