Volleyball Falls Short on Day Two of Invitational

Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins
Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Completing three games in two days, the Mississippi University for Women volleyball team go 0-2 in the second day of the 2017 Owls Invitational. The Owls put up a good fight against two talented teams but it was not enough to defeat Southern Union Community College and Bevill State Community College.

In a 3-0 decision, The W hung close to Southern Union for two sets (21-25, 14-25, 22) but errors at crucial points in the match made the game for the Bison. As a team, the Owl recorded 23 kills on 91 total attacks, 25 assists, five service aces, 42 digs, one block solo, and six block assists for 32.0 points.

On the offensive side of the ball, Haley McMurphey, sophomore outside hitter, led MUW with six kills on 26 total attacks and Madison Lamon, freshman setter, led the team defensively with 12 digs and recorded a team match high of 18 assists.  Tori Weir, freshman middle blocker, collected the most points for the Owls with six kills on 13 total attacks and four blocks (one solo and three block assists) for 8.5 points.

In the match against Bevill State, the Owls played four sets, beginning the match with a wave of enery to take the first set. After Lamon was injured early in set two, the momentum shifted for the Owls and they were unable to push through for a victory. MUW dropped their second game 3-1 (25-18, 11-25, 12-25, 23-25).

Against Bevill, The Owls performed better defensively with 50 digs to the Bears 48 but were out killed 40-24. As a whole, The W recorded 24 kills on 100 total attacks, 22 assists, eight service aces, 50 digs, two solo blocks, and two block assist for 35.0 point.

McMurphey again led her team offensively with seven kills on 26 total attacks. Loren Schmitt stepped up defensively with 14 digs and McMurphey and Mary Grace Prine picked up a solo block and a block assist each to round out the Owls top performers.

"Although not the result we were hoping for, this weekend was a good experience overall,"said head coach Roxanne Hernandez. "We will get a chance to redeem ourselves against Bevill and will get a chance to see Southern Union again in tournaments and matchups. I want to thank everyone who came out and showed their support on our opening home weekend and we look forward to hosting these teams again." 

Up Next: The Owls will travel to Judson College for their next match on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The first serve is set for 7 p.m.

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