COLUMBUS, Miss. – It was a big evening for The W women's volleyball team as they recorded its first home victory of the 2018 season against USCAA-sister institution Judson College. The Owls defeated the Eagles in four sets (25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 25-3) inside Pohl Gymnasium for its third W of the 2018 season. With the victory, the Owls improve to 3-19 on the season while Judson falls to 1-8.
Junior Haley McMurphey was on fire with a .500 hitting percentage and a career high of 15.0 points. The Caledonia, Miss. native also tallied nine kills on 14 total attacks with five service aces.
Sophomore middle blocker Tori Weir led the team in points and kills with 15.5 points and 10 kills on 31 total attacks. The Columbus, Miss. native also grabbed five service aces and one block assists.
Madison Lamon chipped in 20 and Mary Grace Prine added 18 to contribute to the Owls 44 total assists and defensively McMurphey and Prine gave nine and eight digs respectively to head up the Owls defense.
"Today was a good opportunity for us to showcase what everyone can contribute," said head coach Roxanne Hernandez. "We should have taken better advantage of some opportunities but we pushed physically and mentally for the win. We look forward to the rest of the week at practice as we prepare for Lane."
Wednesday's match also marked the 2018 Dig Pink Game for the Owls. Prior to the start of the game, the Owls honored one of their own, Maridith Geuder, director of special projects, who is currently battling breast cancer. Geuder, honorary captain for the night, hit the first serve of the game to begin the match.
The Owls will return to action on Monday, Oct. 22 when they travel to Jackson, Tenn. to take on Lane College. The first serve is set for 6 p.m.