Wolves defeat Lenoir-Rhyne, Brevard in volleyball

Darby McClure

HICKORY, N.C. – The Newberry College volleyball team won its second South Atlantic Conference match in a row, defeating Lenoir-Rhyne 3-1 (25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 25-18) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The match moves Newberry to 6-8 on the season and 3-3 in SAC play. The Bears drop to 4-9 and 2-4 in SAC play.

Four Wolves finished with double-digit kills led by Madison Darby-McClure’s 15 kills. Darby-McClure also recorded four solo blocks. Logan Hayward had a double-double of 14 kills and 15 digs. Toni-Anne Whitlow and Andie Meredith notched 10 kills apiece. Maggie Marsh dished out a career-high 48 assists and Kensley Jordan collected a match-high 23 digs.

Lenoir-Rhyne started off hot, leading 6-1. The Wolves came back to tie the first set at 7-7. The set was still tied at 17-17. Darby-McClure closed an 8-2 run by Newberry with a kill to win the first set 25-19.

Neither team could gain much separation early on in set number two. The set was tied 9-9 before the Bears pulled out to 18-13 lead. Lenoir-Rhyne won the set 25-18.

The third set was more of the same as neither team led by more than three points the entire set. The Bears led 23-20 before Newberry rallied off five straight points to win 25-23. The Wolves were aided by three consecutive Lenoir-Rhyne errors.

The fourth set was all Newberry as the Wolves pulled out to an 11-3 lead. Hayward capped off the dominate set with her 14th kill of the match. Newberry hit a match-best .286 in the final frame.

Abbi Stacherski was the only Bears player with double-digit kills as she finished with 11. Jessica Funk had 29 assists and 14 digs. Jaclyn Denny notched seven solo blocks.

The Wolves return home to Eleazer Arena next Tuesday against Coker (7-5, 1-5 SAC). The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Newberry 3, Brevard 1

BREVARD, N.C. – The Newberry College volleyball team notched a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21) South Atlantic Conference victory over Brevard on Friday night at Boshamer Gymnasium.

The match moves Newberry to 5-8 on the season and 2-3 in SAC play. The Tornados are now 3-7 and 3-3 in SAC play.

The first set was a back and forth affair in which Newberry hit a match-best .344. The Wolves tied the set at 12-12 before using a run to lead 21-16. Logan Hayward closed out the set with a kill to give Newberry the 25-21 set win.

The Wolves started off in control of the second set, running out to a 7-3 lead. Brevard came back and tied the second set at 10-10. Newberry hung tough, tying the set twice, but the Tornados won set two by a score of 25-19.

The Wolves accumulated a match-best 17 kills at a team in the third set. There were 11 ties and seven lead changes. Hayward posted the final two kills of the set to give Newberry a 25-20 set victory.

Brevard started off the fourth set strong, leading 7-2. The Tornado continued to build up their lead and were in front 14-7. Newberry clawed their way back, as they led the set at 21-18 after using a 14-4 run. The Wolves cashed in on nine Tornado errors to win the fourth set and the match 25-21.

Toni-Anne Whitlow led the Wolves with a match-high 13 kills. Andie Meredith and Madison Darby-McClure each tallied nine kills apiece. Darby-McClure also posted four block assists. Maggie Marsh dished out 38 assists and Hayward collected a team-high 21 digs. Kensley Jordan accumulated 20 digs.

Savannah Cox led Brevard with 11 kills. Callie Chappell recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Erin Barr had 28 assists and Aleksandra Vrvilo had a match-high 23 digs.

Darby McClure
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This release was provided by Newberry College.

This release was provided by Newberry College.

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