Lady Braves Take Down Wolves, 3-1, At FMU Invite
FLORENCE, S.C. – After posting a 1-1 record on the first day of the Francis Marion University Invite, the UNCP women's volleyball team used a speeding attack by newcomer Hannah Hill at match point to take down Newberry, 3-1, on Saturday at the Smith University Center in Florence, S.C.
The Lady Braves (2-1) led the Wolves (3-1) with a 21-17 score in game four but allowed Newberry to slide to within a point, until senior Rebecca Morgan hammered a kill giving UNCP a 24-22 score going into match point. Hill received the assist by transfer Ashlyn Rebok and drilled the spike over the net and onto the court to post the final point for the victory.
Game four held the largest lead of eight points at the 18-10 mark until several attack errors allowed the Wolves make a comeback. UNCP controlled the final points of game three due to attack errors by Newberry along with a service ace by Hill and kills by Tricia Varno, Rebok and Morgan.
Newberry battled the Black and Gold in game one but pulled away from UNCP by using two consecutive kills by Madison Schultz and the game winning kill by Anne Staudinger. The Lady Braves bounced back and tied the match at one game apiece on a kill from Shay Peterson in game two.
Morgan registered a team-best 17 kills and 19 digs while Chelsea Phillips and Varno posted 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Marissa Baker collected 30 digs and Rebok tallied 51 assists. Newberry's Shultz and Samantha Parrish totaled 15 and 12 kills, respectively. Setters Chelsea Mayor and Blair Browning each collected 21 assists while Lindsey Hollingsworth posted 28 digs.
"In game four, we had a good lead but they started coming back towards the end making it a close match, until Hill put the ball through the seams which brought us a huge relief to end the game ," said UNCP head coach Jeff Billington. "This next game is going to give us the opportunity to play a different rotation and allow some of our other players time on the court."
The Black and Gold will continue action in the fourth game of the Francis Marion Invitational against Belmont Abbey (0-3) at 7 p.m. in Florence, S.C.