Offense stalls out in 3-game tournament sweep

Volleyball lost 9 matchups in 3-0 losses this season

Johan Bostick, [email protected]

The ULM volleyball team traveled to  Nacogdoches, Texas to participate in the Stephen F. Austin Invitational in their final non-conference tournament of the season. 

The Warhawks came into the tournament with losses in seven out of their last eight matchups. Their only win came against Louisiana Tech in the previous match.

ULM’s offense has struggled with consistency all season. They are last in the Sun Belt Conference in kills per set.

The first opponent for the Warhawks was Houston Baptist. The Warhawks were swept in the series 3-0 by the Huskies. This included a 25-13 first set in which the Huskies would finish with a 13-1 run. The second set would be a much closer affair but would end in a 25-22 defeat. The Huskies ended up dominating the third set, winning 25-10.

The Warhawks would then face in state opponent Grambling State. After losing their first set in a close loss, the Warhawks would go on to win their next two sets, with scores of 25-12, and 25-19. However, Grambling would respond, and would win the final two sets 25-22, and 15-8. This loss to the Tigers brings the all-time series to 19-2 still in favor of the Warhawks.

The Warhawks would end their stay with a series against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The Warhawks would start the first set with a 9-8 lead, but would allow eight straight points to SFA, and would lose 25-16. The second and third sets were controlled by the Ladyjacks, and ULM would lose 3-0 in the series.

For the third time this season, the Warhawks were swept in a tournament, and it will be the ninth time this season that the Warhawks have been swept in a series with the loss to SFA.

Some standout performances for the Warhawks include senior Cali Assaley, who had 37 kills overall, freshman Cameron Rogers, who had 23 digs vs. Grambling and junior Darby Fisher, who had 25 assists vs. Grambling State.

The Warhawks fall to a 4-12 record on the season after the tournament. The Warhawks are 1-10 after a 3-2 start.

The Warhawks start their conference schedule when they host Georgia State Thursday, Sept. 23 at Fant Ewing Coliseum.