Score: Mercer 4, ULM 1
ULM 4, Jacksonville State 1
Teams: ULM (1-1)
Jacksonville State (0-4)
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
MONROE, La. - The ULM beach volleyball team split a pair of games on day one of the Blazer Beach Duals on the teams' opening day of the season, falling 4-1 to Mercer to begin the season before a 4-1 win over Jacksonville State.
-The Warhawks started the day off against a tough Mercer team that went 3-0 in its opening weekend. With a 4-1 loss, the Warhawks first duals win of the season went to Grace Convey and Bailey Smith in the five spot for their first collegiate career win. All matches were finished in two sets even though Ana Ribeiro and Becca Brown in the four spot pushed for a third with a set two score of 22-20.
-The Warhawks bounced back in their second competition of the day against Jacksonville State with a 4-1 win. The teams of Delanie Drive and Gabby Love, Tara Jenkins and Claire Crossfield, Becca Brown and Ana Ribeiro, and Bailey Smith and Grace Convey all finished with wins. Three of the five matches went to three sets, including the lone loss in the one spot for Hadley Swartz and Kori Simpson (15-21, 21-15, 15-10). The pairs of Jenkins, Crossfield and Smith, Convey were the two teams to finish with two set wins.
FROM COACH HILTZ
About the matches: It's nice to get that first win under our belt. Still, we have to be much, much better at taking care of first and second contacts. We were very inconsistent with a lot of our touches today. One positive though is that I really felt like every pair did a great job of picking a game plan and strategy and then understanding when and how to change strategies if needed. Mentally we were engaged in our matches. Now we need that same focus to transfer into the actual playing and contact of the ball.
Looking ahead: Tomorrow will be even tougher. UAB and Tulane are both very good. We have to be ready to work for every point. It's a good opportunity for us to see how quickly we can make corrections to the little things, the details.
-The Warhawks will continue play in the Blazer Beach Duals on Sunday with matches against No. 15 Tulane and tournament host UAB.