COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls volleyball team saw improvements physically and statistically but it was not enough to pick up a victory at the Huntingdon Volleyball Tournament. In day two, the Owls competed against Tuskegee University and North Carolina Wesleyan University to come up empty in both matches. The W fell 0-3 to Tuskegee and 0-3 to NCW.
Owls vs. Tuskegee
"We played much better against Tuskegee this time around," explained Roxanne Hernandez, Owls volleyball coach. "We struggled early on in serve receive and could not come back from that. Our communication and energy was much better and we served tough enough to keep them out of system. We needed to control the game a bit more from our side, but just came up short this time."
More to come when stats become available.
Owls vs. NCW
The Owls were almost evenly matched with Bishops, dropping their last match of the tournament in three sets; 21-25, 18-25, 21-25.
The W recorded several season against the Bishops. The Owls had a season high of .109 attack percentage, assist with 27, and kills with 28.
Hannah O'Barr and Haley McMurphey both did well offensively, O'Barr, a freshman from Huntsville, Ala., maintained a .267 kill percentage with six kills and 15 total attacks. She also recorded a team match high of 10.0 points with one block solo, two block assist, and two service aces.
McMurphey, a junior from Caledonia, Miss., held a .235 kill percentage with six kills and 17 total attacks. She also recorded one block assist for 6.5 points.
The USCAA Setter of the Week and Renasant Bank Athlete of the Month Mary Grace Prine is starting to get comfortable in her new role as setter. Starting in the position against the Bishops, Prine recorded a match high and career high of 19 assists.
"We finished fighting which was our goal for this weekend," continued Hernandez. "Statistically, we did a better job across the board in our match against NC Wesleyan. We made improvements in just two weeks since we opened up at UWA and we need to continue to stick to the process and our efforts on mental toughness as we have a quick turnaround before we head into a long week of more tough matches."
The Owls will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 11 when they travel to Covenant College. The first serve is set for 5 p.m.