Warhawks split games in Lake Charles

Miles Jordan, [email protected]

Another road trip has come and gone for the ULM volleyball team, Friday the Warhawks traveled to Lake Charles to face off against I-20 rival Grambling State and McNeese State.

The Warhawks split the two games and swept the Tigers before getting beat by the Cowgirls.

ULM continued their winning streak against Grambling State and won their 12th straight set against the Tigers.

The Warhawks opened up the first set up 3-0. Alix Christie kept the pressure on the Tigers with a kill that put ULM up 16-7.

A McKinely Thiede ace and an error from the Tigers let the Warhawks keep control.

The first set was a dominant seven point win and they beat the Tigers 25-18.

Grambling State came out trying to turn the tides, opening the set up 6-1. ULM would not let the Tigers dominate the set as back-to-back aces from Kate Blasingame got the Warhawks within one point.

Mikaela Worley would nail a kill to give the Warhawks a lead. Points were traded before a Christie kill won the set, 26-24.

The third set was more of the same from the Warhawks taking a 3-0 lead. Grambling would fight back tying the set at 5, ULM would not let a comeback happen, winning 25-17.

“We were extremely focused and executed our game plan, which allowed us to run the offense we needed to score points quickly and effectively,” said Charlie Olson, head coach.

The story of the season for the Warhawks has been success followed by a setback.

The final match of the last three weekends, ULM has been swept. Against McNeese State nothing changed as after three sets the Warhawks would be swept.

The game versus the Cowgirls followed that formula.

The Warhawks went down 6-1 to the Cowgirls. ULM would fight back and stay in the set before dropping the set, 25-20.

“They served extremely aggressive and kept us out of system the majority of the match,” Olson said.

The second set was dominated by McNeese who jumped out to an early 6-1 lead. A kill by Blasingame brought the Warhawks back into the set, only down four.

The Warhawks though could never quite catch up. McNeese cruised to a second set victory of 25-15.

The third set much like the second with the Cowgirls getting an early lead 11-4.

ULM fought back with a kill by  Christie. The kill gave the Warhawks momentum and ULM began to rally. McNeese would hold on and win 25-20.

The Warhawks open up a conference play traveling to Texas to face off against UT Arlington and Texas State.