The UAM volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the season after falling in five sets to Henderson State Thursday. The Blossoms won the first and the fourth set before ultimately dropping fifth and decisive set to lose the match 3-2.
MONTICELLO, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello volleyball team suffered its first home loss of the season after falling in five sets to Henderson State Thursday. The Blossoms won the first and the fourth set before ultimately dropping fifth and decisive set to lose the match 3-2.
UAM falls to 6-10 overall and 1-4 in Great American Conference play on the season. HSU moves to 13-4 overall and 3-2 against the league.
In the first set UAM and HSU went back and forth early until the Blossom used a 4-0 run to take a temporary advantage. After the Reddies pulled it back to a tie at 12-12, UAM put together an 11-2 run to retake control of the set. HSU managed a run of its own late, but UAM held off ultimately held off the Reddies to take the set 25-23.
After falling behind to start the second set, UAM battled back to meet HSU at a 5-5 tie. However, the Reddies responded with six unanswered points to go back in front. The Blossoms attempted to fight back, but HSU managed to hold off UAM as the second set ended 25-15 in favor of HSU.
The third set began as a back and forth battle until HSU took control with seven straight points to take a 13-5 lead. UAM responded eventually cutting the deficit to five at 21-16, but again the Reddies held on to win the set 25-18.
UAM jumped out to the early advantage in the fourth set by scoring the first four points. After HSU fought back to make it a close contest, UAM put together another run of five-consecutive points to hold a 17-11 lead late. UAM closed the set on a 5-1 run to win 25-17 and force a fifth set.
In the fifth and final set UAM surrendered the first seven points to the Reddies. The Blossoms tried to battle back into the set, but were unable to overcome the early deficit falling 15-10 to drop the set and the match 3-2.
Mikaela Brown and Jamie Agnew each tallied double-digit kills in the contest to lead the UAM attack. Brown finished with 13 while Agnew added 11.
Setters Kalin Duncan and Mia Smalls both collected more than 20 assists as Duncan led the way with 22 and Small followed right behind with 21.
Defensively, four Blossoms register double-digit digs with Katelyn Richbourgleading the team with 38.
UAM plays host to Southeastern Oklahoma State Friday, Oct. 8 at Steelman Field House. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.