Volleyball struggles against conference opponents

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Volleyball struggles against conference opponents

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Returning home to Fant-Ewing on Friday night, the Warhawks made a late rally on the backs of several key players, but were unable to take down South Alabama, losing 3-0.

The match started out slow for ULM, losing set one 25-6. During the break between sets, head coach Russ Friedland gave some simple, yet effective advice to his team.

“We talked about responding and I thought they responded really well.” Friedland said.

The Warhawks started set two strong, jumping out to a 8-4 lead. South Alabama was able to catch up and the strong play from both teams allowed for an exciting set with 6 different ties in the set. A kill from redshirt junior middle blocker Catherine Griffith forced a 24-24 tie at the end of the set. However, South Alabama pulled it out, winning set two 26-24.

Looking to force a set four, ULM started set three with a 7-4 lead. The back and forth set ended the game with South Alabama winning set three 25-21.

“I think we have a lot of good leadership on the court. I saw some really good play from some newcomers which is really exciting to see.” Friedland said.

Junior outside hitter Mikaela Worley led the team with 11 kills. Freshman setter McKinley Thiede and senior setter Presleigh Williams had 13 and 10 assists, respectively. Junior defensive specialist Albany Schaffer contributed 7 digs to the team. Williams also added 7 digs to the stats.

“You have a couple of unlucky plays here and there. It’s part of the game and that’s why we play.” Friedland added.

The Warhawks stayed at home on Saturday to take on the Troy Trojans. Though a hard fought battle, The Warhawks couldnt get it done falling one set to three.