Volleyball Closes Season with Best Record Since Athletics Reboot

Iyana Canda during starting line-up announcement first Central Baptist College; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Iyana Canda during starting line-up announcement first Central Baptist College; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

CONWAY, Ark. – The Owls volleyball team concluded the 2019 season at the Central Baptist Tri-Match on Saturday, Oct. 26. In its final appearance of the year, The W split the day with a 3-1 victory over Ozark Christian College and a 3-0 loss to Central Baptist College.

"The intensity on the court today was the highest we've had," said assistant coach Brooke Carter. "It was great to have that intensity the last weekend and I am proud of everyone for their efforts."

The Owls concluded the 2019 season 6-19 overall, marking the best record for The W volleyball team since the reboot of The W athletic program in 2017.

The W vs. Ozark Christian (W, 3-1)

The Owls played well in their first match of the day, recording some of the best stats they have had all season. Against the Ambassadors, The W maintained a new era high of a .267 kill percentage, went for 66 digs, and landed 53 kills.

Junior middle blocker Tori Weir led the Owls offense with 22 total attacks for 13 kills and a .455 kill percentage. The Columbus, Miss. native also grabbed three service aces and four block assists in the Owls first game efforts.

At setter, junior Madison Lamon and senior Mary Grace Prine split duties with Lamon grabbing 16 assists and Prine with 14.

Defensively, junior libero Sadie Mitchell led The W with 16 digs.

Other standouts include Iyana Canada who lent 20 total attacks and 10 kills to the Owls offense and Haley McMurphey who recorded 11 digs, 20 total attacks, and five kills.

The W vs. Central Baptist (L, 3-0)

In game two against the Mustangs, the Owls offense was not as productive as it was against the Ambassadors. With 113 total attacks, the Owls landed 28 kills for a .124 kill percentage.

The W did better at the net than Central Baptist, recording eight block assists and three block solos to the Mustangs' two block assists but CBC had better luck scoring off attacks.

Leading The W, Canada put up 21 total attacks with 10 kills. The Oakman, Ala. native also recorded two block assists.

Other offensive contributors include Weir with 21 attacks for seven kills and McMurphey with 23 attacks for six kills.

Lamon recorded a team game-high of 17 assists and Mitchell recorded a team game-high of 15 digs.