Volleyball drops pivotal game to South Alabama

Dakota Ratley

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ULM volleyball dropped a heartbreaker to South Alabama Friday, losing in the fifth set.

The Warhawks were locked in a back-and-forth battle with the Jaguars.

South Alabama was able to take the first set, 25-20.

ULM would return the favor by defeating the Jaguars by the same score in the second set.

The momentum would be short-lived, however, as South Alabama roared back and dominated the third set 25-17.

The Warhawks fought back with their backs against the wall to take the fourth set 25-19.

The Warhawks looked to take the match in the decisive fifth set. The Warhawks had the lead during the switch in the fifth set. The score would eventually be knotted up at 13 each before the Jaguars scored two consecutive points to put away ULM.

Senior libero Marcela Araya expressed her disappointment in the way the game turned out.

“We just lost at the very end so it really sucks. I think we need to learn from our mistakes, so it shouldn’t happen again,” Araya said.

Araya was able to lead the Warhawks defensively, tallying 24 digs.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Shearer also made her presence felt, leading all players with six blocks.

Freshman Bayleigh Hoffman set up the Warhawks on 35 of ULM’s 44 kills during the match.

Head coach Patrick Hiltz noted that his team needs to make up ground fast in conference play.

“At this point there are no moral victories. We’re trying to make a conference tournament and we are running out of games,” Hiltz said.

The Warhawks went on to lose Sunday’s matchup against UT-Arlington and moved their losing streak to five straight games.

The streak of losses has dropped the Warhawks down to 7-19 on the year. The team holds a 1-12 record in the Sun Belt.

ULM now will turn their attention to a Halloween matchup with UALR. UALR has not lost a conference game at the time of this article.