By Benjamin Draper
Head coach Karen Chisum and her Bobcats improved their record to 10-6 on the season and finished their first weekend of conference play as they swept the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Strahan Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Bobcats and Warhawks played hand-in-hand throughout the first set as the bobcats led 11-8 until both Cheyenne Husky and Janell Fitzgerald rallied the team by producing eight kills total, extending the lead to 17-8 forcing ULM to call a timeout. The Bobcats went on to take the first set 25-13.
Sophomore, Emily Dewalt, was a big asset to the bobcats as she produced 12 assists in the second set, finishing with 41 total assists. Both teams had many errors throughout the set, but ultimately the Warhawks committed more errors and they were not able to comeback in the set as the Bobcats would win 25-17.
Tyerranee Scott played a big factor in the third set as she produced five kills. The Warhawks played a tough set with the Bobcats. The score was 19-17 in favor of the Bobcats until a couple of costly attack errors by the Warhawks extended the bobcat lead to 22-17. On match point, Fitzgerald was the one to complete the sweep with a kill to win the set 25-19 and winning the match 3 sets to 0.
After the game, both coach Chisum and Husky expressed how much it meant to have the team fully committed to getting better all around as the season switches gear with conference play. “We had kids step up and asked for extra reps outside of practice time and that’s telling me that these kids want to win,” Chisum stated.
The Bobcats are now 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play and are atop the West Division. They will be on the road for more conference action as their next three games next weekend will be at Arkansas State on Oct. 4, Little Rock on Oct. 5, and UT Arlington on Oct. 8. The Bobcats return to Strahan Arena on Oct. 11 as they welcome the Georgia State Panthers.
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Featured image by Benjamin Draper.