Columbia College volleyball loses to UT Brownsville

Friday, September 2, 2011 | 10:45 p.m. CDT; updated 11:09 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 2, 2011

COLUMBIA — In the midst of a weekend-long tournament, Columbia College women’s volleyball faced one of its toughest opponents of the season in No. 4 University of Texas at Brownsville. But it wasn’t the Scorpions who got the best of the Cougars.

“They didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves,” coach Melinda Wrye-Washington said.

After losing the first set 25-17 largely because of lacking communication and balls hit out of play, the Cougars realized they needed to make a change. 

“We did not execute our plan at all,” Washington said. “We gotta keep working in ball control.”

The Cougars came back and won the second set 25-21, fueled by senior Nicole Murphy, who jumped for every ball that came near her. Murphy struggled serving at practice Thursday, but smiled in relief after her first serve made it across the net Friday.

She had 11 more successful serves, including an ace that electrified the crowd as the Cougars tied the third set at 22. The run was short-lived as the Cougars couldn’t handle the Scorpions’ serves.

“They had fairly easy serves, we just didn’t control the ball," Washington said.

The Cougars won 3-0 against Bethel University earlier in the day and hope to return to that form quickly as they play Briar Cliff University at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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