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Volleyball splits 4-game road stretch

Nate Nasworthy, [email protected]

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The Warhawks traveled to Texas on Sept. 4 to take on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and start off a tough four game road stretch.

SFA started set one and quickly had a 2-0 lead on the Warhawks. A kill by freshman outside hitter, Kate Blasingame, who was also the team leader for kills, gave ULM their first point of the set.

With the Warhawks playing catch-up, an attack error by SFA tied the set up at 6. But, a quick service error by ULM allowed SFA to take back over. ULM couldn’t sem to catch up and lost set one 21-25.

A serve by Tara Jenkins, also the team leader for assists with 15, and a bad set by SFA gave the Warhawks a 1-0 lead to start set two. A few plays later, another attack error on the Warhawks would give SFA a 3-2 lead. SFA controlled the rest of the play and won set two 12-25.

ULM started set three strong and kills by Blasingame and freshamn outside hitter, Karlee Wilkerson gave the Warhawks a 2-1 lead. After a service error by Albany Schaffer and an attack error by Catherine Griffith, SFA took the lead 3-2.

ULM regained the lead after a SFA attack error and within a few plays the Warhawks had taken an 8-5 lead after another kill by Blasingame. The attack errors stacked up as SFA took the lead once again. ULM stayed on the hunt, but could never regain the lead, losing set three 20-25 to lose the solo match.

The Warhawks road stent wasn’t over though. On Friday Sept. 7, the team traveled to Memphis for a two day three game invitational and looked to improve upon their recent slump.

They opened their weekend with an early morning matchup on Friday against the hosting team, the Memphis Tigers. After struggling to find a rhythm, Memphis won set one 25-17. The Warhawks fought back to find their identity, winning set two 25-20 and set three 25-18.

Memphis rebounded in set four, winning 25-20. As the last set began, both teams came out strong wanting to pick up a win and leave a lasting impression on the invitational.

In a nail-biting finish, Memphis manged to pull it out, winning set five 25-12 and ultimately winning the game 3-2. Despite the loss it was another killer performance by Kate Blasingame, who led the team with 13 kills followed by Tara Jenkins who led the team with 21 assists.

Later in the afternoon, the Warhawks returned to take on North Alabama. A back and forth set one showed both teams looking to take control of the game early.

A hard fought set saw the Warhawks pull it out 26-24. Sets two (winning 25-18) and three (winning 25-19) were easier for ULM, allowing the Warhawks to coast to an easy 3-0 victory.

The Warhawks returned to the tournamnet Saturday morning to take the court one last time to face Tennessee Tech. To start the match, Tech came out strong and at one point managed to gain a five point lead on the Warhawks. A big kill by Griffith, however gave the Warhawks the lead right back.

ULM battled back and forth with Tech, but never broke a swezst as they stayed in control for the entire game to pick up their second win of the invitational,  3-0. The two wins this weekend bring the Warhawks overall record to 4-6.

The Warhawks will return to Monroe to take on Grambling State in Fant-Ewing on Sept. 14, followed by another home game on Sept. 18 to take on Jackson State.

The Warhawks  will also open conference play on Sept. 21 at home against the Texas State Bobcats.

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