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Volleyball Monarchs Maul the Golden Eagles, 3-1

Keith Lucas

Hailey Duncan

NORFOLK, Va. – On Senior Night, the Old Dominion Volleyball team handled Southern Miss 3-1 Friday night at the ODU Volleyball Center.
ODU won the first two sets 25-21 and 25-18, before Southern Miss fought back to win the third set 25-22. The fourth set the Monarchs led all the way in a dominant 25-14 victory.
Myah Conway had a double-double for ODU with 19 kills and 12 digs, while Hailey Duncan registered 14 kills and had a .650 hitting percentage. Teresa Atilano recorded 40 assists, four kills and a pair of blocks.
"This was a very special night for our program and the team rose to the occasion. We celebrated the first class – the players who committed to building this program. I am so grateful for them and privileged to be their coach," ODU Head Coach Fred Chao said. "Tonight's match reflected a consistency of commitment that is a hallmark of this team. We played well last night despite our loss, so we felt confident that if we cleaned up a couple aspects, we would come out on top. Our seniors deserved this. And thanks to everyone who came out to support us tonight and this season.
A back and forth set to open the game was broken open to a 15-11 lead by Old Dominion with an ace from Jamie Bissmeyer.
Southern Miss kept it close but ODU pushed the lead to 22-16 with kills from Madeline Rudd and Hailey Duncan, and an attack error by Southern Miss.
Myah Conway closed out the set for the Monarchs with a call and an ace for the 25-21 win.
ODU jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the second set by kills from Conway and Rudd. Southern Miss cut the gap to 11-7 but ODU followed with a kill by Atilano and attack errors by the Golden Eagles to make the lead 15-9.
A Mia Wesley ace cut the ODU lead to 16-13 but ODU outscored USM 9-5 the rest of the way and scored the set win on an attack error.
The third set was a back and forth affair and was knotted at 20 before a 5-2 run by the Golden Eagles ended with a Wesley ace for the 25-22 third set win.
ODU took control of the fourth set quickly, jumping out to a 6-3 lead on an Atilano kill and pushed the lead to 13-6 on a kill by Duncan.
The Monarchs then went on a 7-2 run to take a 21-11 lead on a block from Bailey Burgess and Atilano.
ODU served out the set on a kill from Camila Tamburini and a pair of attack errors from Southern Miss for the 25-14 win.