Owls Drop Doubleheader Matches at Centenary

Haley McMurphey, junior outside hitter; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Haley McMurphey, junior outside hitter; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

SHREVEPORT, La. – Playing in its first road matches in two weeks, The W volleyball team dropped back-to-back matches at Centenary College in two 3-0 decision on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Match One
The Ladies of Centenary won in straight sets: 25-9, 25-12,25-8. Overall, The Owls edged out the Ladies in total attacks by 60 to 56 but they struggled to convert the attempts into kills.

Junior outside hitter Haley McMurphey stepped up to lead the team offensively and defensively. The Caledonia, Miss. native led the team in digs with six and collected one block assist while recording two kills on 14 total attacks.

Mary Grace Prine, sophomore outside hitter, aided in the offensive effort collecting four assist. The part time setter also collected nine total attacks and one service ace.

Match Two
The Owls did better offensively in the second match of the game. The W managed to take its hitting percentage out of the negative and increase its kills from 10 in the first match to 17 in the second.

Centenary was still able to stay ahead of the match, taking the game in three sets: 25-10, 25-11, 25-10.

McMurphey had a much better second match to again lead the team's offense. In match two, she recorded 19 total attacks for five kills.

On the defensive side of the ball, both Sadie Mitchell and Courtney Poole collected six digs and Hannah O'Barr and McMurphey tallied a block assist each.

Madison Lamon, sophomore setter, led the team with nine assist and collected five digs.

"Centenary evenly matches us in a lot of categories, however their hitters did a better job at putting the ball away than we did," explained head coach Roxanne Hernandez. "Some crucial errors early in the first match set the tone and we couldn't recover from our offensive and serving errors in both matches. With our next match coming up against Rhodes at home, we will need to use our home court advantage and hopefully put some balls away."

The Owls will return to the court on Tuesday, Oct. 9 when they host Rhodes College. The first serve for that match is set for 6 p.m.m