COLUMBUS, Miss. – For the first time since opening weekend, the Owls volleyball team returned home to take on Central Baptist College on Tuesday afternoon. A lagging offense and unforced errors kept The W down against the Mustangs and the Owls were unable to finish on top. The W falls to 3-9 (25-17, 25-22, 18-25, 25-18) on the season after the 3-1 loss to CBC.
The Owls played well defensively, out digging the Mustangs 62-55. Junior libero Sadie Mitchell led the effort with 31 total receives for 16 digs. The Corinth, Miss. native also garnered three assists and five total kills.
Despite a dragging offense, the Owls managed to have a higher hitting percentage than the Mustangs. As a team, The W put up 110 total attacks for 30 kills and 19 errors for a .100 kill percentage. CBC recorded 136 total attacks with 39 kills and 28 errors for a .081. kill percentage.
Haley McMurphey, a senior outside hitter, led the Owls offense with 24 total attacks and seven kills. She also put in work on The W defense with 10 digs. Freshman Iyana Canada also put in work for the Owls in the front row. The Byram, Miss. native tallied 17 total attacks with seven kills and three block assists.
Another standout was Mary Grace Prine. The senior setter put up 18 assists to lead the team and recorded seven digs.
The Owls will return home on Thursday, Sept. 19 when they host Lane College. The first game of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.
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