HARTSVILLE — The Newberry Wolves picked up their first South Atlantic Conference victory of the 2013 season with a 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-11, 25-12) win over the Coker Cobras at the Timberlake-Lawton Gym on Saturday afternoon.
Newberry moves to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in SAC play. After visiting Lander next Tuesday, the Wolves will finally open their home schedule on Friday and Saturday, hosting Carson-Newman and Lincoln Memorial in Eleazer Arena.
Samantha Parrish led the Wolves’ attack with 13 kills, while Jessica King had 10 kills with a .571 hitting percentage and four blocks. Logan Hayward had nine kills and 12 digs with three blocks, while Rachel Moran passed out 35 assists.
Newberry had a sizeable advantage on offense with a .252 percentage compared to the Cobras’ .033 rate. The Wolves were also extremely strong at the net with 10 blocks compared to Coker’s two.
After the Cobras scored the match’s opening three points, the Wolves rolled, scoring 19 of the next 25 points to take a 19-9 lead. Newberry cruised to the 25-14 set win thanks to a .357 hitting percentage in the set.
Newberry struggled in the second set, as from a 5-all tie, 16 of Coker’s remaining 20 points came on a variety of Newberry errors. The hosts’ 25-22 set win evened the match up.
The third set was tight early, but the Wolves turned up the heat and left the Cobras in the dust after scoring 11 of 12 points to push the set lead to 15-6. Coker was barely able to get double digit points in the set, and a Hayward kill put away a 25-11 set win.
The fourth set was all Newberry from the beginning, as the Wolves were quickly up by an 11-5 margin with four service aces. By the time Coker hit its 10th point, Newberry was already up by seven at 17-10. The Wolves closed out the match strong, scoring eight of the final 10 points.
The Newberry Wolves started their South Atlantic Conference schedule with their toughest test, fighting valiantly before falling 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-14) to the No. 16 Wingate Bulldogs at Cuddy Arena on Friday night.
With the loss, Newberry falls to 4-1 overall and 0-1 in SAC play, while Wingate is now 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the league. Newberry plays at Coker at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the two school’s first meeting as SAC opponents in any sport.
Samantha Parrish led Newberry with eight kills and 10 digs, while Alexus Horton and Jessica King each put away six kills. Rachel Moran passed out 16 assists, but the Wolves managed to hit only .067 as a team in the match.
The Bulldogs hit .250 in the match, including a .367 rate in the third set, as Shelly Stumpff’s 10 kills led all players.
In the first set, Newberry scored the opening two points, but the hosts responded well and jumped out to a 12-8 lead. Kills from Horton and Logan Hayward as well as a WU error got the Wolves to within one point before Wingate scored five straight points to take a strong lead at 17-11. Newberry was in dire straits at a 22-14 disadvantage, but fought back well, getting back to within five before the Bulldogs took the opening set.
Wingate opened strong in the second set as well, scoring seven straight points after Newberry scored the opener. The Wolves trailed by as many as eight points in the set before chipping away and eventually narrowing their deficit to as few as three at 23-20. Unfortunately for the scarlet and gray, the Bulldogs closed out the set with two straight points to take a 2-0 lead.
In the final set, Wingate’s attack was clicking, making it hard for the Wolves to mount a comeback as they had in the previous sets. The Wolves trailed by only three at 12-9, but Wingate scored six straight to pull away and Shelby Nassar’s service ace on match point sealed the home team’s win.