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Buffalo Volleyball loses to Southern Mississippi in five sets to finish Ole Miss Rebel Classic

Matt Gritzmacher

We don't know much about Volleyball's final match of the weekend against Southern Mississippi this afternoon, because once again GameTracker wasn't functioning for me. I assume this was a global issue, and it comes after there were no live stats for last night's match against Belmont, either. Very disappointing.

Anyway, Buffalo once again won the first two sets, and once again dropped the final three to give the Golden Eagles the win. Southern Miss had been 10-1 on the season, with their only loss to Ole Miss this weekend, but against a somewhat weak schedule.

Buffalo continued their stronger play this weekend in the 28-26, 25-22, 19-25, 19-25, 10-15 loss. I feel pretty good about the Bulls finding their first win of the season against Canisius on Tuesday.

I'll update here once a box score becomes available.


With stats, some quick takeaways:

(1) UB once again managed to go a full match without hitting in the negative in any set - that's eight sets in a row now, which pleases me - and hit .197 for the match, their best mark on the season.

(1a) But once again, the Bulls were unable to match an apparent adjustment from their opponents after the third set. UB hit .300 over the first three, and .000 in the final two.

(2) Buffalo was closer to closing this one out than they were against Ole Miss, at two separate points leading 10-6 in the fourth and trailing just 9-10 in the fifth.

(3) That aside, this match was UB's best by most stat perspectives: the Bulls set season highs in kills, hitting percentage, assists, digs, and blocks,

(4) Megan Lipski (19), Cassie Shado (14), and Amber Hatchett (11) once again brought UB a diverse offense, and Valisha Watkins (10) also hit double digit kills, though she also committed 14 errors in her 37 swings.

(5) We continue to see the bench lengthen. Abby Beecher played in all five sets, and Raven Jordan (2 sets) and Megan Wernette (1) also saw time.


UB's next match is Tuesday against Canisius, and the way the Bulls are playing, it could be a good chance for their first win.