MONTICELLO, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Monticello Volleyball team came upo short in their Thursday night showdown against Great American Conference foe Southern Nazarene University. The Blossoms played three sets in the match, falling to the Crimson Storm, 3-0.
UAM closes out the day with a 9-12 season record and a 3-5 GAC record on the 2022 season after the conclusion of Thursday.
The opening set began with Southern Nazarene jumping ahead 5-0 on the Blossoms. Monticello began chipping away point by point on the SNU lead, eventually bringing the score within three points at 17-14. Unfortunately the Crimson Storm held onto the lead for the remainder of the set, taking the win 25-19.
SNU may have been the first to score in the second set, but the Blossoms bounced back into the lead with four straight points. The Crimson Storm answered with a 5-0 run of their own to regain that lead. UAM found a handful of multi-point series throughout the set, but were ultimately unable to stop the visiting team, dropping the second set, 25-18.
The third set began with a back and forth battle between the two teams, coming to a tie at 4-4 to start the match. The SNU offense kicked into a second gear as they would take the lead and continue to score more points. An alternating series late in the set showed the Blossoms fight, but the set would ultimately come to an end with the visiting team on top, 25-12, as Southern Nazarene would take the match 3-0.
Jasmine Welton and Holiday Ellis led the Blossoms in kills with seven each.
Mia Smalls contributed 21 assists in the match.
Defensively, the Blossoms were led by Alyssa Smith who had eight digs.
UAM returns to action tomorrow, Friday, October 7 as they host Great American Conference member Oklahoma Baptist University for a Cancer Awareness Day, PINK OUT GAME! The game is set to begin at 4:00 p.m.
Live stream and live stat links will be posted as clickable links on the UAM Volleyball schedule at uamsports.com.
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