Volleyball loses in Eagle Madness match to Sun Belt opponent

Michael Smith

Georgia Southern volleyball lost in a close five sets to the visiting Louisiana Monroe Warhawks Thursday night during the Eagle Madness fan event. The loss drops the Eagles to 6-12 and 1-6 in conference play this season. 

ULM, 10-12 and 1-6 in the conference, swapped sets with the Eagles before sealing the win with a 15-11 fifth set. Each team tied with 59 kills apiece, but a six ace and three block advantage combination was enough for the Warhawks to gain an edge. 

The Warhawks, after a 25-19 fourth set win, reeled off five straight points to tear open a 10-5 lead in the fifth set, where they would win 15-11.

Senior Carly Turner and sophomore Haley Fuller received “Eagles of the Match” honors. Turner turned in a 16 kill, nine dig, three block effort and Fuller added another 11 kills and nine digs to give the Eagles a chance. 

A tight 18-16 lead in the fourth set gave the Eagles a window, but two straight aces from ULM’s Chloe Corenza’s two aces helped to full a 9-1 run and a fifth set.

Coach Chad Willis, when asked on the Eagle’s struggles in finishing sets, remained positive.

I think that’s still part of the mentality we’re trying to change,” he said. “We’re not in a spot where we can take plays off. We have to work hard every single play, work hard every single rep. You’ve put yourself in a position to be there, now you just have to close out a set. A lot of that is due to our youth on the court, and we’ll continue to work on that and get better.”

In a quick turnaround, GS hosts a 5-13 Louisiana Lafayette team on Friday at 6:30.

Michael Smith, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, [email protected]