HICKORY, N.C. – Newberry College (8-14, 4-12 SAC) was swept Friday by Lenoir-Rhyne (15-7, 13-4 SAC) in Hickory South Carolina by scores of 25-20, 25-19, 25-17.
The Wovles were led by senior Alexus Horton with six kills as well as freshman Samantha De Jong who also added six kills. Senior captain Rachel Moran notched 12 assists and seven digs on the night while freshman setter Maggie Marsh added 17 assists. Freshman Natalie Willis and freshman Kensley Jordan combined 23 digs in the losing effort.
The first set started out with the Bears jumping out with an early 10-5 lead until a couple kills from Samantha De Jong brought the Wolves back within three.
The Wolves would tie the match off an attack error from the Bears to make the score 11-11 and then again at 13-13 with a kill from Madison Darby-McClure.
The Bears would go one a short run to push their lead to 20-16 when an attack error by the Bears brought the Wolves back into striking distance. The Wolves run fell short as they lost the set 25-20.
The second set started out the same way as the Bears jumped out to an early 10-6 lead. The Wolves would slowly climb their way back into the set as they cut the lead to 10-11 with a kill by Alexus Horton.
The middle of the set was back and forth as the Bears never gained a large lead but the Wolves never tied the set until it was tied at 15-15. The Bears went on another run to take a 21-18 lead when an attack error brought the Wolves right back into the set. The error wouldn’t faze the Bears as they to win 25-19.
The third set started out closer as the Wolves didn’t let the Bears jump out to an early lead. A kill by Mary Siebert would bring the Wolves within two with the score at 5-3. The Bears then took control of the set opening up their lead to 13-7. A kill by De Jong started a short run for the Wolves to pull within five and then pull within two as the score was at 15-13.
The Bears went on a seven point run to Newberry’s three points to win the set 25-17 and to win the match 3-0.
This release provided by Newberry College.