Score: ULM 5, New Orleans 0
Teams: ULM (4-5), UNO (3-5)
Location: Monroe, La.
MONROE, La. – The ULM beach volleyball team continued its winning tradition at home and remained undefeated all-time in Monroe with a 5-0 sweep over New Orleans on Thursday afternoon in the team’s first home match in nearly two years.
-The Warhawks started the day with two wins at the two and four positions with wins by the pairs for Delaney Driver and Gabby Love, along with Bailey Smith and Grace Convey. The rest of the team followed in the second flight with wins in the one, two and three positions for the sweep.
-The number one pair of Hadley Swartz and Kori Simpson were the only pair that went to a third set out of the top five teams.
-Convey and Smith upped their winning streak to five straight with another win over UNO on Thursday.
-ULM moves to 8-0 on home court and 7-0 against New Orleans. Each time the Warhawks have played New Orleans the result has been 5-0 in favor of ULM. ULM now holds a 31-9 all-time individual match record on its home court. The Warhawk win on Thursday was the first match on their home court since capturing a 5-0 win over New Orleans in 2015.
FROM COACH HILTZ
About the fans: I have to start by saying thank you to everyone that helped make today as great as it was. ULM staff from many different departments helped make our home beach courts look fantastic. It was a great atmosphere out here today. Our fans were great and I know it helped us play as well as we did.
About the game: I couldn’t be happier with the way we played at all spots today. We were very surgical in our approach to the game. Our side-out game looked really good and I saw several times where we used some of the shots and strategies that we worked on in practice this week. I feel like we continue to improve each week. Next week we will have to play just the way we did today but we will add some more tools to our toolboxes during practice that we can utilize in the games as well.
About home court: Protecting home court was big today. After a long layoff it was nice to get back home and pick up right where we left off a couple of seasons ago. Great win for ULM today.
The Warhawks will return to action in Houston, Texas, in the Houston Baptist tournament next Friday and Saturday. The team will take on Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Houston Baptist, Texas A&M – Kingsville and New Orleans.