Volleyball Defeats Lane in Three-Set Decision

Haley McMurphey, Mary Grace Prine, and Kayla King; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Haley McMurphey, Mary Grace Prine, and Kayla King; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

JACKSON, Tenn. – The Owls volleyball team defeated Lane College in a three set decision, 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, on Monday, Oct. 23 in J.F. Lane Gymnasium. With the victory, The W improves to 4-19 on the season while the Dragons fall to 4-22.

The Owls dominated the Dragons in almost every category. The W maintained a .186 kill percentage while tallying 34 kills on 97 total attacks for 49.0 points. Lane held a .085 kill percentage with 28 kills on 94 total attacks for 38.0 points.

The two teams were almost even defensively with both teams recording 43 digs. The Dragons edged out the Owls in block assist with eight but The W surpassed Lane in overall blocks with four block solos and six block assists.

On the offensive side of the ball, Kayla King and Tori Weir led the Owls in the scoring effort. Both King and Weir grabbed 9.0 points each while King tallied eight kills on 19 total attacks with two block assists and Weir landed 7 kills on 17 total attacks with one service ace and one block solo.

Defensively, Sadie Mitchell chased the low balls for 13 digs while Hannah O'Barr stuck close to the net for three block assists.

"I am proud of the results today," said head coach Roxanne Hernandez. "We made some good plays and did not let the ball land on our side without max effort. We were able to keep our energy consistent enough to battle home court advantage and other external factors that could potentially affect us. I think our girls had fun just playing and getting the result we deserved thanks to hard work. I'm excited to see how we can carry the momentum into this weekend."

On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Owls will travel to Denver, Colo. for a three-game road stretch. The W will take on Colorado College on Friday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. CST and will face Johnson and Wales University and the University of Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 27.