- Staff Reporter
MONROE, La. – The ULM Warhawks return to Fant-Ewing Coliseum to open a three-game homestand, starting Tuesday night with Louisiana Tech. Match time is set for 6 p.m.
“There’s nothing like playing at home,” head coach Charlie Olson said. “Our team has gotten better since the last time we went toe-to-toe. We’re looking forward to the match (Tuesday) night.”
Louisiana Tech (10-4, 1-0 Conference USA) swept ULM (9-7, 0-2 Sun Belt) earlier in the season during the Louisiana Tech Invitational and the Warhawks are coming off of back-to back road losses against UT Arlington and Texas State over the weekend.
“You would never tell from the emotion and tone on the bus ride home that we came out of the weekend 0-2,” Olson said. “The team understands that it’s a process that we must follow and continue to learn and grow in order to be successful in the long term.”
ULM will be led by Mikaela Worley, who is averaging 3.46 kills per set. The tandem duo of McKinley Thiede and Darby Fisher will be on display during the game as setters for the Warhawks. Thiede is averaging 5.36 assists per set and Fisher is averaging 4.41 assists per set.
Kate Blasingame leads the team in service aces with 18. Fisher, Thiede and Ina Gosen are right behind her with 14 aces apiece. Albany Schaffer will again show off her skills as libero and attempt to improve upon her 3.58 digs per set. Alix Christie and Gosen will lead the team at the net. Christie leads the team with 33 blocks while Gosen follows closely behind with 31 blocks.
The Lady Techsters are coming off of a 3-1 win over UAB over the weekend.
During the game against ULM, Marie Helene-Verlinden, Kaitlyn Adams and Madeline Davis all had a hitting percentage over .350. During the stretch of games since, they are all averaging below .250.
“They have a few key players, as do we,” Olson said. “They have players that put up big numbers, but we do as well.”
Abigail Hildenbrand leads Louisiana Tech with 6.86 assists per game while Verlinden leads the team with 45 blocks. Verlinden and Davis also both have 15 aces apiece.
“They have beat us at their place, now it’s our turn,” Olson said. “We’re looking forward to the I-20 rivalry rematch. It’s always a great day to compete, but an even better day when it’s at home.”
Links to live coverage, including video and stats, for Tuesday’s game against Louisiana Tech can be found on the volleyball schedule page at ULMWarhawks.com. Follow along with all things Warhawk volleyball on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @ULM_VB.
Article sourced from provided press release.