Score: ULM 2, ULL 3
(21-25, 25-27, 25-20, 25-17, 7-15)
Records: ULM (9-23, 3-12 SBC)
ULL (10-19, 6-8 SBC)
Location: Monroe, La. (Fant-Ewing Coliseum)
Monroe, La. - The ULM volleyball team was dealt a 3-2 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday night at home inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Warhawks took an initial lead in set one, but after a tie score of five ULL went on a seven-point run to take the lead. The Cajuns would see that lead to a set one win.
-The teams battled back and forth in set two. ULM looked to take the set at 24-21, but ULL came from behind with a 5-1 run to take set two.
-The Warhawks started the set off with the lead as the Cajuns trailed closely behind. ULM, however, was able to push through and finish the set 25-20.
-ULL looked to take the fourth set and started things off with a 5-0 run, but the Warhawks came storming back. ULM regained the lead after a 10-all tie and continued to further the lead as the set progressed. The Warhawks closed out the set with a five-point run.
-The Cajuns took control right away in set five and maintained the lead from beginning to end to close out the match in the favor of ULL.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-ULM posted its highest attack percentage in set four (.361).
-ULM posted its highest total of kills in set three (18).
-The teams recorded at total of 22 tie scores and 13 lead changes in the match. The most contested set was set two with nine tie scores and six lead changes.
-Kalena Caruthers led the offensive effort with a new career-high of 18 kills. Hope Pawlik followed closely behind Caruthers with 17 kills. Catherine Griffith also posted double digit kills for a new career high of 13 kills as well as contributing two solo blocks and four assisted blocks.
-Tara Jenkins, Presleigh Williams and Kacey LeBlanc fed the offense with a total of 60 assists and recorded 33, 15 and 12 assists respectively. LeBlanc’s 12 assists notched a new career-high for the libero.
-LeBlanc led the defensive effort with 30 digs on the night.
-Three Warhawks posted double-doubles on the night: Pawlik with 17 kills and 23 digs, Jenkins with 33 assists and LeBlanc 12 assists and 30 digs.
FROM COACH HILTZ
About the match: It's hard when you beat a team in every statistical category and still lose the match. I want to be proud of our effort. We did so many things well. But in the end, we crumbled again. We got tentative late after making some aggressive errors early. I told the girls afterwards that the lesson tonight HAS to be to stay confident and aggressive at all times. We fought back and forced a fifth set by swinging the whole night as if we had nothing to lose and then for some reason stopped in the fifth set. I have to give Heather some credit, she made a lineup change that switched the matchups defensively for her team and it worked. I wish there was a rule that would allow for me to counter but once the lineups are set there's nothing I can do. We tried to regroup and counter but couldn't get it going in time.
About the team: Our defense was outstanding. Setters played efficiently and our block was pretty good. Once again, while serve receive wasn't terrible, it needs to be better in order for us to win. And I have to mention the impressive performances of both Kalena and Cat. They were both really fun to watch tonight.
Looking forward: I feel like if we continue to play with the same confidence and aggressive attitudes Friday and Saturday then we will have a couple of fun matches on our hands.
The Warhawks look to close out their homestand this weekend against Texas State on Friday, and UT Arlington on Saturday. The seniors will be recognized on Saturday prior to the last regular season home game.