Batesville, Ark. - The Hannibal-LaGrange University Women's Volleyball team continued their road trip today as they played in a tri-match at Lyon College. The Lady Trojans are fresh off an impressive victory over Central Baptist College where they won their first conference game of the season. Another win today would put the team at .500 in the American Midwest Conference.
The first set was a competitive one but unfortunately for the Trojans their old habits caught up with them as they would lose by a score of 25-18. From that point on the Trojans would go on to get shutout by losing the last two sets to Lyon College by scores of 25-13 and 25-19. The women's team record now falls to (4-15) and (1-3) in conference play.
Claire Maupin (SO/St. Peters, Mo.) led the team in assists with 15 and had 6 digs. Taylor Fry (SR/Boonville, Mo.) went on to lead the Trojans in digs with 10 while also finishing second in kills with 5. Shelby Maupin (SR/St. Peters, Mo.) once again would lead the team again in kills as she finished with 7.
Coach Kyle Smith said, "we seemed asleep during our match against Lyon. Everyone was going through the motions and expected to succeed. Our passing was out of system all day putting a lot of pressure on our setter to put up a quality ball for our hitters."
In game two, HLGU faced off against College of the Ozarks whom they just played against last weekend. The result was the same as the Bobcats took control and won the game in three sets, 25-8, 25-14, and 25-16. College of the Ozarks is currently the top ranked team in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) for a reason. S. Maupin and Fry were each limited to six kills in the game. On the defensive side, four players each had five digs.
"The Bobcats were teeing off on everything and our block was not able to take care of their responsibilities. They were well prepared for us and we regressed to a team without next ball mentality," added Coach Smith.
The Trojans are looking forward to their home match-up against conference opponent William Baptist, which will be on October 6. Coverage will begin at 3 PM. The ladies will then turn around and play Freed-Hardeman on October 7 during the HLGU Homecoming festivities. Volleyball will start at noon with soccer games scheduled for 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM.