COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls volleyball team started off strong during its Military Appreciation Game against in-state foe Belhaven University. The W battled for every point in the first set to force a scoring war but it was not enough to keep the Owls on top. After a 27-25 loss in the first set, The W was struggled to keep the momentum going, closing the match under the Blazers in three; 25-27, 10-25, 14-25.
"This was definitely a match that was well within reach for us and it's going to sting for a bit," said head coach Roxanne Hernandez. "We started off extremely well and had we won the first set, I think we could have kept the momentum on our side. Belhaven minimized their errors enough to keep the momentum and played well tonight."
Offensively, Haley McMurphey led the team in scoring with 11.0 points. The junior outside hitter collected 10 kills on 24 attacks for a .208 kill percentage. The Caledonia, Miss. native also collected eight digs and two block assist to contribute to the Owls defense.
"Haley had a particularly successful match and made some critical plays for us when we needed it most," Hernandez said of McMurphey."
Sophomore libero Sadie Mitchell led The W defense. The Corinth, Miss. native grabbed a match high of 12 digs and collected one service ace and two assists.
"We have a short stint of practices again before we head back on the road," continued Owls coach. "We will continue to focus on our mental game in practice and work on finishing. "
The Owls will be back on the court when they travel to Shreveport, La. on Saturday, Oct 6 to take on Centenary College in doubleheader action. The first match is set for noon.