DALLAS, Tex. – The Owls volleyball split day one of the University of Dallas Volleyball Tournament. The W gained its first win of the season by defeated Southwestern Adventist University, 3-0. In the Owls second match of the day, they played well but struggled to score points, falling 0-3 to the University of Dallas.
Owls vs. SWAU
The Owls volleyball team dominated Southwestern Adventist University for its first win of the season to take match one of the University of Dallas Volleyball Tournament. The W defeated the Knights in three sets; 25-16, 25-15, and 25-16. With the victory, the Owls move to 1-10 on the season.
"It's always a good feeling to get the first win of the season and there is a lot to be proud of," said Roxanne Hernandez, Owls head coach. "Our serve receive was much better than it has been the past few matches and our setters made some good decisions. Our hitters did an overall good job putting the ball away and used our experiences against tougher teams to help us stay disciplined even after we established some good leads."
Taking control of the front row and leading the Owls offense, Haley McMurphey maintained a .364 kill percentage. This week's USCAA Volleyball Player of the Week tallied 29 attacks for 13 kills to surpass her season high. Because of the effort, McMurphey talled 13.0 points for the Owls.
In the setter position, Madison Lamon led the Owls for a match high of 17 assists. The sophomore from Russellville, Ala. put in a work on both sides of the ball to tally one service ace and six digs.
Courtney Poole, a junior defensive specialist, grabbed a match high of 23 digs to lead the Owls defense. The Ohatachee, Ala. native also collected three kills and three service aces to add 3.0 points.
Owls vs. Dallas
The Owls volleyball team came up short in match two of the University of Dallas Volleyball Tournament. The W pushed against host Dallas but was unable to gain control of the game to drop the match in three sets; 4-25, 13-25, 19-25.
"While the result was not what we hoped for, UD was a very high caliber team," explained Owls coach Roxanne Hernandez. "We answered their relentlessness with high energy and enthusiasm."
Offensively, the Owls exceeded the Crusaders in attacks. The W put up 101 attacks while holding Dallas to 100.
Leading the Owls in scoring, Hannah O'Barr recorded 4.0 points against the Crusaders. The freshman from Huntsville, Ala. maintained a .111 kill percentage with nine total attacks and two kills. She also issued two service aces to round out her scoring.
Defensively, Courtney Poole led the team with 10 digs. She also recorded eight total attacks and one kill.
"Despite the score, we stayed level headed and matched their team in a lot of ways even though it didn't translate to direct points," continued Hernandez. "Overall, this was a successful day for us and tomorrow is another good opportunity for us to come out on top. "
The Owls will be back in action on day two of the tournament Saturday, Sept. 15 when the take on Randall University. The first serve is set for 10 a.m.
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