- Staff Reporter
ARLINGTON, Texas – The ULM Warhawks jumped out to a quick start in their conference opener on Friday, but ultimately fell to UT Arlington in four sets, 3-1.
“Tonight, we showed up to compete, but failed to capitalize on opportunities,” head coach Charlie Olson said.
Kylie Jedlicka scored the first point of the night for the Mavericks (9-4, 1-0 Sun Belt) with a kill. Seconds later, Kathryn Raschilla put the Warhawks (9-6, 0-1 Sun Belt) on the board with a kill of her own. UTA took a slight lead, but back-to-back bad sets by Jessica Stancliff and a kill by Ina Gosen gave ULM a 5-3 lead in set one.
The Warhawks gained a steady lead, but the Mavericks weren’t done yet. Brooke Townsend gained a kill to bring UTA within one before Madison Hill tied the set up at 11. ULM forced the Mavericks into some bad sets and a block by Mikaela Worley and Alix Christie gave the Warhawks an 18-13 lead before UTA took a timeout.
After the timeout, Bre Walp attempted to turn the momentum in favor of the Mavericks, but ULM kept its commanding lead. However, the momentum did shift and UTA came back. Another kill by Walp tied the set at 24. Every time the Warhawks had a chance to put the set away, the Mavericks would answer with a point of their own.
Finally, back-to-back kills by Cali Assaley and Kate Blasingame gave ULM a 29-27 set one win.
“After the first set, we felt as if things were going in our favor,” Olson said. “We were excellent in serve receive, so kudos to our passers for giving our setters balls in system.”
The Warhawks jumped out to a quick start in set two with a kill by Raschilla and a kill by Gosen. UTA got on the board and a block by Madison Hill gave the Mavericks a 3-2 lead. ULM jumped out to another lead and a kill by Christie gave the Warhawks a 10-7 lead.
The Mavericks mounted a comeback and a kill by Townsend tied the set at 11. The two teams traded points and a kill by Hill gave UTA a one point lead. A couple of points later, Walp nailed a kill to give the Mavericks a two-point advantage before ULM called a timeout.
The timeout didn’t phase UTA and the Mavericks were able to increase their lead to six. ULM attempted to mount a comeback with back-to-back kills by Worley and Blasingame, but UTA pulled out a set two win, 25-20.
The Mavericks opened the third set with a 3-0 lead. A kill by Hailey Hughes gave the Warhawks their first point of the set. UTA commanded a big lead before Blasingame turned the momentum back in favor of ULM. Two errors by Stancliff brought the Warhawks within one.
However, the Mavericks turned up the heat and cruised to a 25-15 set three win.
UTA again started set four with a 3-0 lead before Blasingame gave ULM its first point of the set. The Mavericks didn’t let off the gas and rolled to a 16-7 lead before the Warhawks called another timeout.
Worley earned another kill to give ULM hope. That was followed up by a block by Assaley and Christie before Blasingame nailed another kill. Walp gained another kill to end the game and give UTA a 25-14 set four win.
“UTA outplayed us defensively and won virtually every long rally due to their scrappy defense,” Olson said. “We’ll make the proper adjustments and move forward to Texas State.”
The Warhawks will stay in Texas for a matchup at noon on Sunday against Texas State. The matchup can be viewed on ESPN+.
Links to live coverage, including live stats, for Sunday’s game against Texas State 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.