SEWANEE, Tenn. – On Thursday, Sept. 12, The W volleyball team (0-10) faced off against Sewanee: The University of the South (9-1), a promising team currently ranked second in the Southern Athletic Conference. After playing against Covenant College Wednesday, the Owls adjusted their game plan in hopes to best their out-of-state foe. The W, still laying the ground work for the season, was unsuccessful in its attempt, dropping the match in three sets; 5-25, 13-25, 18-25.
"We tried a new offense today that we believed could have worked really well against this opponent," explained Head Coach Roxanne Hernandez. "Unfortunately, we came up empty handed today and could not get into a rhythm or slow down Sewanee's offense enough to get ourselves into a groove"
The Owls offense grabbed a couple of bright spots. Hannah O'Barr, freshman outside hitter, recorded a .143 attack percentage with seven total attacks and three kills to lead her team in scoring with 3.0 points. Also aiding in the offensive effort, sophomore middle blocker Tori Weir gave three kills on nine total attacks for an additional 3.0 points.
Mary Grace Prine, current Renasant Player of the Month, led her team in digs and assist. The sophomore utility player collected six assists and six digs in Wednesday's match.
There are plenty of games left in the season and the Owls volleyball team is not letting the rough start get them down. "There's no time to dwell on our mistakes these past two days, as we are heading into another weekend of competitive play," continued Hernandez. "My hopes are we can move on quickly to recuperate for this weekend in Dallas."
The Owls will return home for a brief recovery but will head back out in a couple of days to compete in the University of Dallas Volleyball Tournament. The Owls are scheduled to take on Southwestern Adventist in their first match of the tournament on Friday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.