The Presbyterian College volleyball team won the first set, but UNCG rallied back with three straight to take the 3-1 win in the opening match of the Spartan-Aggie Invitational held Sept. 1-2, in Greensboro, N.C. The Blue Hose took set one, 27-25, before dropping the next three, 15-25, 18-25, and 19-25. Caroline Henderson led PC with a career-high 12 kills.

Scoring the Match
A back and forth first set, UNCG and PC experienced 11 ties. Tied 13-13, PC used a 6-1 run, highlighted by two kills apiece from Ashton Stewart and Erin Eulitz, to take its largest lead of the set, 19-14. UNCG chipped away at the lead, tying it up at 21-21 off a Lauren Robeck kill. Three straight from PC and the visitors went up by three before four unanswered from UNCG gave the Spartans a 25-24 lead. That would be the last point for UNCG as the Blue Hose used a kill by Henderson and Allie Wright to help PC to the 27-25 first set win.

Tied 4-4 in the second set, UNCG stormed ahead with a 14-3 run to take an 18-7 lead. PC cut the lead to seven, capped by back to back kills from Henderson, to make it 13-20. That would be it as the Spartans took the set’s next five of seven points to earn the 25-15 second set victory.

PC rebounded from an early 6-2 deficit with five straight to take a 7-6 lead in the third set. Both teams would go back and forth until a 54-1 UNCG run snapped a 13-13 tie and gave the Spartans a 17-13 lead. The Blue Hose responded by taking the next three of four to cut the margin to two, 16-18. PC would only get two more points as UNCG won the final four points to win set three, 25-18.

The Spartans opened up set four with a 10-3 lead before two kills by Stewart helped PC go on a 5-1 run to cut the margin to three, 8-11. UNCG responded with a 6-2 run to build a 17-10 lead. The Blue Hose cut the lead to five at 20-15 off a Wright ace, and again at 24-19 off a Stewart kill, but that would be it as a Holly Behrends kill gave UNCG the 25-19 fourth set and match win.

Player of the Match
Henderson led the team on offense with 12 kills, with Stewart’s .278 hitting percentage was tops. Jaclyn Brewington finished with 23 assists, while Gosnell posted 21 digs. Defensively Wright and Brewington added five blocks each. Ashley Muench led UNCG with 17 kills, while Christina Gregory posted a team-leading 22 digs. Allison Penner came away with 49 assists.

Stat of the Match
PC totaled 44 kills and 16 errors for a .192 hitting percentage, and posted 63 assists, 78 digs and seven team blocks. UNCG came away with 69 kills and a .277 hitting percentage. The Spartans tied PC in blocks with seven.

The 70 digs ranks tied for 19th in the PC Division I record book.
Jaclyn Brewington recorded a career-high four block assists.
Daley Gosnell posted a career-high 21 digs.
Carolina Henderson finished with a career-best 12 kills, 34 attacks, and a .235 attack percentage.
Sierra Jones had a career-high 14 assists.
Allie Wright’s 31 attacks and five blocks were a career-best.

For the Record
PC drops to 0-4, with UNCG improving to 3-2.

Up Next
The Blue Hose continue the Spartan-Aggie Invitational Saturday, Sept. 2, with Delaware State at 11 a.m., on the campus of UNCG, and North Carolina A&T at 7 p.m., on the campus of the Aggies.

How to follow
Fans can follow at, and @BlueHoseVolley.