Scores: ULM 5, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
ULM 2, Georgia State 3
ULM 0, LSU 5
Teams: ULM (14-10)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-11)
#7 LSU (19-5)
T-#10 Georgia State (16-11)
Location: Baton Rouge, La.
BATON ROUGE - The ULM beach volleyball team battled through day one of the Battle on the Bayou on Friday, with a 5-0 win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and losses against No. 7 ranked LSU and No. 10 ranked Georgia State.
-The Warhawks opened the day against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. ULM won 5-0 as all but one of the top five teams finished in two sets.
-The Warhawks played right with Georgia State, who is tied at No. 10 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, before falling 3-2. ULM pushed the Panthers to three sets in four of the top five games as the Warhawks came out on top in two of them. It was the two and four position that captured the two wins.
-The final matchup of the day was against host and No. 7 ranked LSU. The Tigers took control right away and finished four of the top five matches in two sets. The lone match that went to three sets was at the three position.
-Catherine Griffith and Rebecca Brown extended their winning streak to 15 games before falling to LSU. The loss to LSU was the first loss that the pair had seen since taking on UNO at home.
FROM COACH HILTZ
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: I thought we played a very clean match. I thought all of our pairs took care of the ball really well and minimized errors. We kept pressure on them to make great shots in order to beat us and in the end they couldn't.
Georgia State: Our middle match of the day was easily our best. We had an opportunity to take down a top 10 opponent for the first time in our program history but just didn't have enough. We were in control, game plans were working and we couldn't execute enough to get the upset. The takeaway though is that I think we finally started to believe that we are good enough to consider ourselves a top 15-type of team. It's nice to see that mentality on the faces of our Warhawk Beach Volleyball players again. A look of confidence and determination.
LSU: We were not able to sustain our high level of play against LSU in the nightcap. It was going to be very tough to beat them on their home courts as it was. But to have to play them as our third match of the day - our longest, most difficult day of the season - was an extremely tall order. Even still, our team played with the hearts of Warhawks. We fought. We battled to the best of our ability. Today, we came up short versus a very good LSU team that I expect will get an invite to the National Championships in a couple of weeks. I'm happy for Coach Brock and his program. They will represent Louisiana very well.
Looking Ahead: Tomorrow we have another revenge match. This time against Spring Hill. Then Texas A&M-Kingsville for a second time. So there's still two wins out there for the taking. We need to take note of things we can learn from today and then get rest and shift our focus to preparation for tomorrow's matches."
UP NEXTThe Warhawks close out action at the Battle on the Bayou on Saturday as they will face Spring Hill and Texas A&M Kingsville.