COLUMBUS, Miss. – For the first two sets, the Owls volleyball team kept pace with its NCAA Division II opponent Mississippi College on Tuesday evening. The W struggled in the third set and was unable to get back in the game for a 3-0 loss to the Lady Choctaws.
The Owls were almost even with MC in total attacks on the night, tallying just three under, 84-81. They minimized their service errors to just six while capitalizing on the Lady Choctaws 11.
On the offensive side of the ball, The W struggled to leave a mark, tallying just 15 kills throughout the competition. Haley McMurphey led the effort with four kills on 23 total attacks and Lacey Evans and Tori Weir trailed her effort with three each.
Defensively, the Owls recorded just three fewer digs than MC, 37-34. Junior setter Madison Lamon led the team with eight digs and contributed a team-high of eight assists.
"Yesterday at practice, we worked on serving tough and I thought we did a good job of that in the first two sets," said assistant coach Brooke Carter. "It kept our opponent off balance. Unfortunately, we couldn't recover quick enough in the third set.
"Throughout the remainder of the season, we are continuing to build our mental toughness in an effort to turn around situations like those in set three," Coach Carter continued. "We look forward to growing more in the tournament this weekend."
The Owls return to the court on Friday, Oct. 11 when they travel to Hanceville, Ala. to participate in the Wallace State Exhibition Tournament. The W's first match will be against Selma University at 4 p.m.
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