Volleyball splits pair of road games

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The Warhawks continued their road stretch and traveled to Jackson State on Tuesday, followed by ULL on Friday.
An evening battle was set up against Jackson State and the Warhawks went to work. ULM jumped out to a great start, leading 19-14 at one point in the set. ULM would keep the pressure up, winning set one 25-21.
The second set started almost the same way. ULM took a 6-0 lead to start the game and never looked back.
Looking to compete, the Warhawks had a tough start in set three. Jackson State took a 12-8 lead. ULM was able to rally and keep it competitive. A kill by redshirt junior middle blocker Catherine Griffith tied the set at 23. ULM used the momentum and won set three 25-23. ULM took the road win three sets to none.
However, the stretch wasn’t over. ULM traveled down to Lafayette to battle in-state rival ULL on Friday for a very important conference game.
ULM started the game in an impressive fashion. A kill by senior middle blocker Taylor Wood gave the Warhawks an 11-5 lead. However, ULL was able to come back and tie the set at 19. ULL eventually won set one 25-22.
The Warhawks were ready to keep fighting though. An extremely competitive set came to an end with another kill by Wood put ULM over the top. ULM took set two 25-22.
Looking to continue the dominance of set two, a kill by freshman outside hitter Kate Blasingame gave ULM a 12-5 lead in set three. However, ULL was able to turn the tide and run away with set three, winning 25-19.
Going into set four, ULM would not go quietly into the night, leading 21-13 at one point. ULM won set four 25-19.
A crucial set five was upon us. ULL started the set with a 5-1 lead, but ULM fought back and tied the set at 5. But, it wasn’t enough as ULL won set five 15-11 and won the game three sets to two.
It was a big night for some Warhawks though. Tara Jenkins registered 23 assists, Blasingame ended with 26 digs and Katie McKay accumulated another 22 digs for the team.