MONROE, La. – The University of South Alabama volleyball team defeated ULM in straight sets Sunday in Sun Belt Conference action at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
South Alabama (17-6, 10-1 SBC) extended its win streak to five games with the victory, which also marked the fifth consecutive victory over ULM (5-21, 1-10 SBC). Three Jaguars recorded 10 kills apiece: Carissa Bradford, Hannah Maddux and Maddie Soboleski.
– USA jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two kills each from Maddux and Soboleski.
– A kill by Niki Capizzi, service ace from Soboleski and a kill by Bradford doubled the Jag lead at 8-4.
– South Alabama closed the opening set with a 4-0 scoring run, earning set point at 24-18 on a Warhawk ball-handling error, and clinching the set 25-18 on a service ace by Rachel Hickey to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
– A bad Jaguar set gave ULM an 8-6 lead before the Jags went on a 3-0 run, highlighted by consecutive kills from Soboleski, to take a 9-8 lead.
– Kills by Maddux and Soboleski, and a service ace from Hickey pushed the Jaguar advantage to 12-10.
– ULM cut the USA lead to 14-12 on a kill by Avery Cole, but South Alabama responded with a 6-0 scoring run that featured back-to-back service aces by Soboleski to take a 20-12 lead.
– USA earned set point at 24-15 on a kill by Lillie Simons, and clinched the set 25-17 on a kill by Kennedy Wallace to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
– The Jags faced a two-point deficit at 3-1 before a 4-0 run, highlighted by a service ace from Paige Lynn, gave USA a 5-3 advantage.
– South Alabama extended its lead to 11-5 with a 4-0 run on a pair of kills by Bradford, a kill by Morgan Stalcup and a block-assist from Bradford and Stalcup.
– USA doubled its lead to 16-8 with a 4-0 run that featured a pair of kills by Maddux and solo block from Stalcup.
– South Alabama later earned match point at 24-13 on a bad Warhawk set, and clinched the set 25-13 on a ULM attack error to secure the sweep.
– Bradford, Maddux and Soboleski finished with 10 kills apiece. Maddux also recorded a .444 hitting percentage, while Bradford posted a .318 hitting percentage.
– Soboleski tied her career high in service aces with four, and also added one assist, four digs and one block.
– Hickey recorded a game-high 11 digs, along with four assists and two service aces.
– Keeble finished with a game-high 35 assists, in addition to three kills, six digs and one block.
– South Alabama recorded eight service aces in three sets, led by Soboleski’s four.
– The Jags averaged over 15 kills per set with 46 kills in three sets.
– The win marked the Jaguars 10th SBC victory of the season, marking the first time since 2019 that South Alabama has won 10 or more conference matches. It also marks just the third time (2017 & ’19) in program history USA has won 10 or more SBC contests in a season.
Head Coach Jesse Ortiz
– On the win:
“ULM was the last opponent we hadn’t seen yet; some of our players have, but most of them had not with myself and the (coaching) staff included. So they were extremely motivated just to cap off the fact that we were going to see the last (Sun Belt Conference) opponent of our opponents that we have to really focus on. The team was extremely motivated throughout the day and just matchup against the serve. They (ULM) were trying to unload serves to keep us at bay, but I thought our littles were great and we were super efficient on both pins. We did a good job of just maintaining our cool and continuing to keep on coming after them.”
– On the three-game road swing:
“I thought they were pros. We talk about being a pro all the time, taking care of what you have to do in school so you can take care of what you need to do in terms of your body and giving yourself that time. And obviously being mentally present when we’re scouting for our opponents. That was a crazy little stretch there, but they handled it as good as we could have ever handled it. I’m happy with the win, but I am mostly happy with our intent and how we attacked that. They feel fresh and say they are doing well, and I think it is partly just them being adults and pros about it along with having something they really want to accomplish. It’s pretty exciting.”
South Alabama will return to action Fri., Oct. 29, when it hosts Appalachian State in a Sun Belt Conference East Division match at Jaguar Gym.
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