- Staff Reporter
LAKE CHARLES, La. – The ULM volleyball team split a pair of matches Friday at McNeese State, defeating Grambling State, 3-0, and falling to the hosts, 3-0.
ULM (7-5) started set one against Grambing (2-9) quickly, gaining a 3-0 lead. The Warhawks kept the pressure on the Tigers and a kill by Alix Christie allowed ULM to command a 16-7 lead. The Warhawks stayed in control for the set and a McKinley Thiede ace and an attack error by Grambling allowed ULM to cruise to a 25-18 set one victory.
“We were extremely focused and executed our game plan, which allowed us to run the offense we needed to score points quickly and effectively,” head coach Charlie Olson said.
The Tigers were looking for revenge and jumped out to a 6-1 lead in set two. The Warhawks didn’t quit fighting, as back-to-back aces by Kate Blasingame allowed ULM to come within one. A couple of points later, Mikaela Worley nailed a kill to give the Warhawks a 9-8 lead.
The two teams traded points with each other before a kill by Christie allowed ULM to win set two, 26-24.
The Warhawks jumped out to another 3-0 lead to start set three. Grambling mounted an offensive attack and tied the set at five, but ULM took charge and didn’t look back. Madeline Hogan notched an ace to effectively end the match, with ULM taking set three, 25-17.
ULM had to then turn around and take on McNeese State later in the evening. The two teams went back and forth to start set one before an Ina Gosen kill tied the set at three.
The set stayed extremely close before the Cowgirls (7-4) pulled away. The Warhawks tried to mount a comeback, but it wasn’t enough as McNeese held on to win set one, 25-20.
“They served extremely aggressive and kept us out of system the majority of the match,” Olson said.
The Cowgirls jumped out to a 6-1 lead to start set two. ULM gained ground and a kill by Blasingame brought the Warhawks within four. However, McNeese didn’t let off the gas and cruised to a 25-15 set two win.
ULM started set three down 11-4, but a kill by Christie gave the Warhawks some momentum and they started to rally. A kill by Blasingame allowed ULM to be down 24-20. McNeese held strong though and won set three, 25-20.
“We will improve upon the first touch of the ball and turn the tables come Sunday,” Olson said. “We’re looking forward to a chance at redemption.”
The Warhawks will play in their first home games of the season on Sunday in Fant-Ewing. ULM will rematch with McNeese at 1 p.m. before taking on Alcorn State at 5 p.m.
Links to live coverage, including live video and stats, for Sunday’s games in Fant-Ewing 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.