COLUMBUS, Miss. – On the final day of the 2019 Owls Volleyball Invitational, The W lost one match and won another one to close the season opening weekend with a 1-2 record.
Game One: Alcorn (L, 3-0)
Despite taking on a NCAA Division I opponent, the Owls did not give up in its pursuit of a victory. Facing the Braves of Alcorn State University, The W communicated well and mounted a partially affective defense against the offense heavy team.
Even with the effort, the Owls were unable to defeat Alcorn, falling 3-0 in sets of 25-15, 25-17, and 25-21.
The two teams were almost even in hits with the Braves edging out The W 83-82. Although Alcorn had a much greater efficiency with a .301 kill percentage, the Owls were almost equal with them in service aces and digs.
The opponents saw similar success in serving as the Braves tallied five service aces while The W grabbed four.
Defensively, Alcorn led the game with 40 digs while holding the Owls to 33.
For The W, Tori Weir led the offense with 17 total attacks and six kills. Courtney Poole also aided in scoring effort, contributing 12 total attacks and four kills. Sadie Mitchell led The W with 13 and Madison Lamon led in assist with 10.
Game Two: Judson (W, 3-1)
The Owls grabbed their first win of the season against USCAA-sister institution Judson College in the last game of the Owls Volleyball Invitational. The W defeated the Eagles 3-1 in sets of 22-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-15.
The two teams were equal in total attacks with 116 but the Owls were more accurate in their swings, holding a .259 kill percentage while Judson lingered a .147.
The Owls edged the Eagles out defensively, tallying 59 digs to Judson's 53 with 10 total blocks to their six.
The Owls will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Jackson, Miss. for the Belhaven/Millsaps tournament.
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