“Both games this weekend, this team fought to the end,” said ULM volleyball coach Charlie Olson. “Georgia State made some key changes that helped position themselves to get two home field victories. Today I was really proud of the changes we made and the total team effort we exuded.”
ULM jumped out to lead in the first set, but Georgia State tied the score and led briefly before the Warhawks took their eventual lead at 10-9 and held it to the end of 25-18. ULM scored six of seven points to extend its lead to 17-10. Thomas and Jeffus had three kills in the set and Jeffus finished scoring with kills for the 23rd and 25th points for ULM.
Seven straight points for Georgia State opened up the tight set that saw six ties ahead for a 14-8 lead for the Panthers. Down 24-15, ULM snapped a six-point kill streak by three different Warhawks on a comeback attempt. ULM held off seven set points before GSU won at 25-21.
ULM took a 13-9 lead after five early draws kept both sides on their toes. Georgia State scored five consecutive points to move to a 14-13 lead. After ties at 14 and 15, the Panthers tallied five points on their next six possessions to go up 20-16. GSU hit five fours for ULM to finish the set at 25-21.
Three kills by Panther Evoni Lemons and a few errors by Warhawk helped Georgia State build a 9-5 lead into the fourth set. Kills by Thomas and Jeffus put the Warhawks within two 11-9, but GSU added three quick scores to extend the margin to 14-9. ULM tied the game at 15 and again at 16, but Georgia State dropped six of their next seven points to lead 22-17. ULM answered with a five-point streak and Jeffus and Thomas combined for a block to tie the game at 22. Truscott and Gerwig traded kills for a tie at 23 before GSU had a kill and ran a block for the final 25-23.
“As we close our regular season chapter, we’ve taken some time to reflect on all the positives of this year. While we haven’t reigned victorious in an SBC match, we’ve won seven more sets than last year and pushed many teams to extra points or a deciding fifth set. This program is definitely going in the right direction, especially with the addition to our new signature class of nine coming in Fall 2023.”
ULM will play in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference championship on Wednesday, Nov. 16, as the likely No. 7 seed from the West in the 2022 postseason.
“We’re going to Foley, Alabama next week for the SBC Tournament,” Olson said. “It’s a good reset for our team and a last chance for us (as a team) to play for each other and each other. I’m proud to continue to lead them and find every possible way to give ULM the chance to win matches”.