Williams hits 1,000th kill in weekend loss

Beau Benoit

Warhawk volleyball lost twice to Appalachian state this weekend, pushing the first game to a fifth set and getting swept after a first-set victory in the second meeting.  Despite the loss, graduate middle blocker Madeline Williams picked up her 1,000th kill as a Warhawk. 

“[I am] so thankful that God has given me the ability to play volleyball,” Williams said. “Being able to reach 1,000 kills is something I am so grateful for,” 

Friday’s match went to five sets, but the Warhawks were unable to clinch the win.  

The first set saw App State smother ULM in a suffocating 25-12 loss. Set two showed improvements from the first. After trailing only 22-19, the Warhawks made a drive, pushed to a 24-point tie then took the set after an attack error by App State and the set ended with a 26-24 score in favor of the Warhawks.  

The third set resulted in another loss for ULM, this time with a closer score of 25-19. After losing momentum, the fourth was a complete change in pace. ULM saw two runs, a five-point run started by a kill from Williams, and an eight-point run started by a service error on App State. The Warhawks were able to pull away 25-22. 

The final set was a disappointing loss for the Warhawks, as for every point they scored, the Mountaineers had three or more to answer. The set ended with ULM losing 15-8. Sophomore Cameron Rogers expressed her disappointment in not being able to complete the win. 

“It stings when we lose just because we truly know in our hearts that we could have won,” Rogers said. 

Saturday’s match appeared to feed off the intensity of the previous, as ULM took the first set 25-23. 

The rest of the match was a combination of too many runs from App State and costly errors by ULM. 

Freshman Tessa Gerwig shared her advice about dealing with tough deficits. “Something to do to snap out of [a losing streak] is just to understand they’re not doing anything special. It’s all our errors that are making them get on this big run.” Gerwig said. 

The losing streak extends to eight in a row as ULM now holds an 0-8 conference record. 

The Warhawks will travel to Arkansas-Pine Bluff to break up their conference schedule. The match will take place on Oct. 17.