CHATTANOOGA, TENN – The Presbyterian College volleyball team stormed out to an 11-4 lead in the first set and never looked back, taking the 3-0 win over South Carolina State in its opening match of the Chattanooga Classic, presented by Hampton Inn & Suites, being held Aug. 26-27, in Chattanooga, Tenn. PC took the sets by scores of 25-10, 25-10, and 25-12.

How it Happened
The Blue Hose jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the opening set, building it to a 13-point, 20-7 lead, before taking the 25-10 win behind a .500 hitting percentage and a set-high 14 kills, while holding S.C. State to -.045. More of the same in the second set, with PC making it 22-6 until the Bulldogs rattled off two straight to make it 22-8. PC rebounded quickly to win the second set 25-10 as well. PC hit .500, while holding their opponent to -.083. A little closer in set three, the Blue Hose led by just five, 14-8, before winning the final 11 of the set’s 15 points to close out the match with the 25-12 win. PC finished with a .526 hitting percentage, compared to -.118 for S.C. State.

Player of the Match
Halle Tripp provided the offensive spark for PC, collecting 12 kills off just 14 attacks for a .786 hitting percentage, a career-high for the senior out of Traveler’s Rest, S.C. She also finished with six digs, a block assist, and one service ace.

Stats of the Match
The Blue Hose finished with 13 aces, setting the PC Division I three-set record. The mark is second overall. Sierra Davis and Sara Rogers each finished with three, which is tied for ninth in the record book. The .508 attack percentage, which came from 38 kills off 61 attacks and just seven errors, is also a PC Division I record. The 32 combined points given up will be hard for the Blue Hose to top as well.

Notables
• The win marked the second season in a row the Blue Hose have opened 1-0. PC will look to start the season 2-0 for the first time in its Division I history.
Ashton Stewart, Martina Shamley, Samantha Del Toro, and Sierra Davis each finished with at least five kills, with Del Toro second on the team with nine. Sara Rogers, collected 30 assists, marking the 15th time in her career she has eclipsed the 20-assist mark.

Record
PC moves to 1-0, while SC State drops to 0-1 on the young season.

Up Next
PC continues tournament action with a 4:30 p.m., match with Mississippi Valley State. The Blue Hose round at the tournament with a 12:30 p.m., match against host Chattanooga.

How to follow
Fans can follow all the matches at http://www.sidearmstats.com/utc/wvball/. The match against Chattanooga on Saturday will be broadcast live on https://www.youtube.com/user/MocsVision/live.  Fans can also follow on twitter at @BlueHoseVolley for match updates.