Trojans fall short at Invitational
Women’s volleyball fell short in three matches in two days in the University Plaza Invitational at Memphis, Tenn.
The Trojans played back-to-back volleyball matches on Friday against Oral Roberts and Austin Peay. They played their last match on Saturday against Missouri State.
UALR played five sets against Oral Roberts and lost, 3-2 on Friday. The Trojans won the second and fourth sets at scores of 25-20 but lost 25-19, 25-22, and 15-6 in the other three sets.
Sophomore outside hitter Edina Begic led UALR in double-figures with a game-high 21 kills and 14 digs. Senior outside hitter Eva Xie had 13 kills, while Sophomore outside hitter Adisa Hodzic had 11 kills and five blocks. Senior defensive specialist Emily Pepperman finished the game with a team-high 16 digs.
After falling short to Oral Roberts in the first match of the day, the Trojans faced Austin Peay in five sets and lost, 3-2.
UALR won the first set (30-28) and the fourth set (25-21) but fell short to the Lady Governors in the last set, 15-13.
Begic led UALR in double-figures again by finishing with a career-high 26 kills and 26 digs. Xie had 21 kills and six blocks while teammate Hodzic contributed 17 kills three blocks. Pepperman finished with a career-high 30 digs while Allison Wyatt had 17 digs.
In the Missouri State matchup, Edina Begic led UALR for the third time in the invitational with a game-high 25 kills and 13 kills, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans were defeated 3-1.
UALR beat Missouri State in the first set, 30-28. The Lady Bears bounced back to beat the Trojans 25-18, 25-21, and 25-19.
Along with the performance of Begic, senior outside hitter Xie finished with ten kills. Pepperman lead UALR with 17 digs while Wyatt and sophomore setter Marleen de Zoete each had eleven digs.
The Trojans fall to 2-4 on the season and will travel to Carbondale, Ill. for the Saluki Invitational on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8.