NEWBERRY – Newberry College (10-15, 6-13 SAC) swept Lincoln Memorial University (13-13, 10-10 SAC) at Eleazer Arena Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference (SAC) showdown.
Samantha De Jong held the top spot offensively with 12 kills on 18 attempts giving her a .556 hitting percentage. Logan Hayward and Mary Siebert combined for 15 kills and 19 digs while adding three blocks in match. Alexis Bryant added eight kills while Kensley Jordan notched team high 12 digs. Rachel Moran and Maggie Marsh handed out 35 assists in the 3-0 sweep against the Railsplitters.
Newberry started out hot in the first set getting five kills in their first five attempts. Each of the started had a kill in the opening frame but the Railsplitters kept the game close and tied it up 12 times. Newberry held the largest lead of three and Lincoln Memorial battled back to take the lead at 15-14. Maggie Marsh notched a service ace to tie it back up at 15.
The match went back and forth from their till Newberry took a 20-19 lead with a kill by Alexus Horton. Lincoln Memorial battled back to tie the set up again at 22-22. Logan Hayward and Rachel Moran each added a kill to take the 24-22 lead and set up the Wolves with set point. The Railsplitters again started a comeback but fell short when Hayward grabbed the final point with a kill.
The Wolves kept up the offensive pressure in the second set and jumped out to an early 7-3 lead. The Railsplitters battled back again to tie the match at nine and then took the lead 10-9. Newberry was behind for most of the set. Three kills by Samantha De Jong and a kill by Hayward brought the Wolves back and gave them the lead at 17-14.
Newberry kept up the pressure to take a 20-14 lead with more kills from De Jong and a kill by Mary Siebert. Lincoln Memorial battled back to pull within three with the score at 23-20. Alexis Bryant notched a kill to give the Wolves set point. De Jong then tallied the final kill of the set with Rachel Moran adding the assist on the play. Newberry won the second set 25-21.
Both teams wanted to win the third set as if Newberry won then the match is over, if Lincoln Memorial won then it would go into a fourth set. Lincoln Memorial came out firing along with Newberry. The set was tied at 6-6 when the Railsplitters started a short run to take an 8-6 lead. Then another run to go up 10-7. Newberry battled back with kills by Alexis Bryant to tie the set at 10.
The Railsplitters then took a 13-11 lead with kills by Casey Mense. Back and forth the teams went till Newberry tied the set up again at 16-16. Neither team grabbed a lead as each team went up by one and then next play would tie up again. Newberry took a 24-23 lead late in the set but a kill by Jazzy Oates tied it up again at 24-24. The set was tied again at 25-25 when a kill by Bryant gave the Wolves a 26-25 lead. Lincoln Memorial had a great opportunity with an attack from Jazzy Oates but it was just a little long which gave the Wolves a 27-25 win.
Newberry won the match 3-0 with scores of 25-23, 25-21, 27-25.
On Friday, Newberry College (9-15, 5-13 SAC) fell to Carson-Newman (24-5, 17-3 SAC) by a score of 3-1, (25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 25-15) in volleyball.
The Wolves were led by Logan Hayward as she tallied a double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs. Alexus Horton notched six kills and seven blocks while teammate Rachel Moran added 25 assists. Freshman Kensley Jordan and Maggie Marsh contributed 19 assists and 22 digs.
Carson-Newman jumped out to an early led with the score at 9-4. The Wolves bounced back to tie the match up at 10 off a kill from Madison Darby-McClure. The match went back and forth from their till the match was tied at 18-18. Mary Siebert notched a kill to give the Wolves 20-18 led. The Eagles bounced back to tie it at 20. The Wolves stopped their run to score the next five unanswered points to win the first set 25-20.
The second set started out close with the score tied at 6-6. Carson-Newman tried to go on a run and pushed their lead to 14-10. Newberry battled back but couldn’t tie the set up. Carson-Newman held on to their lead with the score at 18-15, Newberry battled back again but fell short in the set 25-20.
Carson-Newman jumped out to an early 11-3 lead. Newberry battled back to pull within five to make the score 15-10. Alexus Horton notched a kill to make the score 17-12 but the Eagles kept their lead. Newberry came back again with one last run. The score was 24-17 when Newberry had kills by Alexus Horton and Logan Hayward to pull within three when the Eagles tabbed their last point to take the second set 25-21.
Carson-Newman kept their offensive going jumping out to an early 11-5 lead. The Eagles never looked back as Newberry had no offense in the fourth set. Newberry was down 22-10 when they started making a comeback but fell short and lost the set 25-15.
The Wolves host Mars Hill University on Tuesday at Eleazer at 7 p.m.
This release provided by Newberry College.