COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls volleyball team worked hard against NCAA DIII opponent Rhodes College on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The W battled back from point deficits and continued long rallies in an attempt to gain a victory over the Lynx. Even with the newfound energy, the Owls were unable to stay ahead of Rhodes falling in three sets (16-25, 16-25, 21-25).
The Owls were almost statistically matched with Rhodes in Tuesday night's competition. The W recorded just two less attacks than the Lynx with 98 and five less digs with 48.
Offensively, the Owls performed better than the previous five matches with a kill percentage of .112. With a kill percentage of .348, Haley McMurphey led the effort by spiking down eight kills on 23 total attempts. The junior outside hitter also worked hard defensively to bring up 10 digs and push down one block assist.
Owls setter Madison Lamon aided in the offensive effort with 13 assist and two kills.
On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore libero Sadie Mitchell trailed the match high by one with 16 digs. The Corinth, Miss. native also landed three kills on seven total attacks and managed two assists.
"Today was a hard fought match and I am proud of our efforts overall," stated head coach Roxanne Hernandez. "We limited our unforced errors and stayed mentally consistent for most of the match. We served tough, kept serve receive under control, and rallied better than we have all season."
"Although we struggled a bit to get our middles into action," Coach continues, "our pin and back row hitters saw more success today. With plenty of volleyball left to play, I am confident that we can take this momentum and continue building."
The Owls volleyball team will return home on Wednesday, Oct. 17 when they face Judson College in its Dig Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Game. The Owls are asking all fans to wear pink. The first serve is set for 6 p.m.