MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Owls volleyball team played hard against the Lynx of Rhodes College on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The W forced rally after rally to stay in the game but was unable to keep a lead to fall 3-0 in midweek action.
The Owls won the toss and Lamon served the first ball of the game. Back-to-back errors by Rhodes gave The W a two-point lead but the Lynx quickly tied.
Successful block execution for Rhodes and slow-moving Owls offense turned the tide and allowed the Lynx to jump ahead, 10-4.
The W was unable to get the momentum to pull ahead and dropped the first set, 25-16.
Set Two (25-23)
The Owls went with the same starter as the first set and mounted a better offense than in the first.
A strong attack by middle blocker Weir gave The W the first point of the set and missteps by the Lynx gave The W a 4-1 advantage.
The W continued its lead for most of the set with its greatest lead being 16-10.
Rhodes began to fight back with small point runs until it was able to tie the game at 20.
The two teams exchanged scoring but the Lynx were able to outlast the Owls to take the set, 25-23
Set Three (25-13)
The W changed up its starters, playing Lacey Evans in place of Navarre.
With two sets under their belts, the Lynx kept the same energy to jump ahead of the Owls, 10-3.
The Owls battled with unforced errors which kept them out of the game.
The W could not get a point run going to lose the final set, 25-13.
Weir led the Owls offense with 17 total attacks for seven kills. Lamon led the team in the setter position with 14 assists, followed closely by Mary Grace Prine who tallied 11. On the defensive side of the ball, junior libero Sadie Mitchell did her part to keep the ball off the ground with a match-high of 17 digs.
Coach Roxanne Hernandez's Thoughts
"We came out to a slow start today and unfortunately couldn't get ahead long enough to gain momentum. I was proud of our serve receive as I think our passing gave our setters opportunities to distribute the ball. We were generally disciplined in our defensive efforts but just came up short from an offensive side."
The Owls will have a couple of days to work on things before getting back on the road to Sewanee, Tenn. to participate in the Sewanee Volleyball tournament. During the two day invitational, The W will face Agnes Scott College, Sewanee: The University of the South, and LaGrange College. The tournament will kick-off on Friday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. when the Owls take on Agnes Scott.