Senior middle hitter Madison Murphy had seven kills and blocked seven shots in the Lady Hornets' three-set loss to the Lady Owls to open North Central Missouri Conference play on Thursday.
Fulton (0-2, 0-1 NCMC) fell in the first set 25-22, took the middle game 25-17 and bowed in the final 25-23.
Freshman outside hitter Kate Pani had 12 digs and served two aces while senior setter Kat Berrey contributed a team-high 15 assists.
"We fought back in a really awful environment, they had a big crowd and a loud crowd," Lady Hornets head coach Coleman Lee said. "...We had some opportunities at the end, but we couldn't push through.
"We have to get better at finishing games. We lack a little bit of confidence; we have talent, but our talent hasn't caught up with our confidence."
Fulton bowed in the three sets in the JV game. The Lady Hornets (0-2) lost 25-15, took the second set 25-19 and fell in the third 25-10.
The Lady Hornets host Blair Oaks at 5 p.m. Tuesday.