Volleyball Edges Winthrop in Five Games to Advance to Big South Semifinals
Presley Mabrey, Andrea Barman and Rachel Hall recorded double-digit kills to lead the Presbyterian College volleyball team the 3-2 win over Winthrop in the quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament this afternoon in Boiling Springs, N.C. PC won by scores of 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 20-25 and 15-8.
PC improves to 13-17, while Winthrop ends its season at 14-16. The Blue Hose advance to play #1-seed Liberty in the semifinals tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
Mabrey and Barman led the Blue Hose with 15 kills apiece while Hall followed with 12. Ashtin Frank recorded 48 assists, while Mary Trimpe added 25 digs. Winthrop was led by Rachel Lenz with her 13 kills.
PC posted 57 kills, compared to 49 for Winthrop, and had 14 fewer errors, 35-21. The Blue Hose ended the match with a .224 hitting percentage, while Winthrop finished with .079. Blocks were fairly even with PC holding the slight advantage, 17-15.
Tied early at 9-9 in game one, Winthrop scored six unanswered in an 8-2 run, highlighted by multiple blocks by Lenz and Carolyn Weed, to take a 17-11 lead before Mabrey ended the drought with a kill.
Back to back kills by Elizabeth Miler and Mabrey cut the Winthrop lead to three, 19-16, but the Eagles increased the margin back to five, 21-16, off a PC service error and a Mullins kill. After trading points with PC the next several possessions, Winthrop held a 23-19 lead.
The Blue Hose rallied with a Hall kill and bad set by the Eagles to cut it to 23-21. Winthrop responded with a kill by Stephanie Palmer to set up game point. A Winthrop attack error and a Barman kill made it a one point game, 24-23, before Lenz finished it out for the Eagles with a kill to give Winthrop the 25-23 game one win.
Tied 14-14 after a game two that saw 11 ties, PC took a 6-1 run, capped by two kills b y Barman and a block by Mabrey, and led 20-15. A Winthrop block and PC error cut the Eagles' deficit to three, 20-17. Frank and Hall nailed a kill apiece, while Barman added an ace to increase PC's lead to six at 23-17.
The Eagles cut the lead to 23-19 and looked to be changing momentum, but Mabrey ended the threat with a kill, her third of the game to set up game point. After Winthrop scored its 20th point, Mabrey responded with another kill to seal the 25-20 game two win.
PC and Winthrop found themselves tied 2-2 early in game three, but it would not last long as the Blue Hose used two kills by Hall, Frank and Miler, as well as took advantage of two Winthrop attack errors to open up a 7-3 lead.
Winthrop cut it to 8-6 in part by kills from Weed and Lenz before Barman ended the potential rally with another kill to make it 9-6.
Leading 10-7, PC rattled off six straight, highlighted by a solo block by Hall and a block assist by Hall and Brown, to make it a 15-7 game. The Blue Hose increased their lead to 10, 17-7 and again at 18-8 off a kill by Mabrey and two Winthrop errors.
Winthrop cut the deficit to eight at 18-10 and 20-12, but each time PC had an answer and led 23-14 before Hall's kill gave the Blue Hose game point. Winthrop's Palmer made it 24-15 before Hall came through again with her fifth kill of the game to give PC the 25-15 win.
Down 10-8 in game four, PC rattled off a 5-1 run, helped by a kill and two service aces by Mabrey, to take a two-point, 13-11 lead, forcing a Winthrop timeout. The Eagles came out with a kill by Jennica Mullins to cut the lead to one a 13-12, but a Hall kill, as well as Barman and Miler block, gave PC the 15-12 lead.
Winthrop rallied from an 18-15 deficit with six straight, highlighted by two Carolyn Weed blocks, as well as a kill, to retake the lead, 21-18. Two kills by Zimmer and a block by Mullins would give Winthrop the eventual 25-20 game four win.
Presbyterian College dropped the first two out of three points in game five before rattling off three straight with kills by Hall and Miler, as well as a block assist by Hall and Allison Brown, to take a 4-2 lead. Mullins cut the margin to one with a kill before PC scored three straight with Barman posting a kill and block assist (along with Brown) to jump to a 7-3 lead.
The Blue Hose opened up a 10-4 lead off back-to-back kills by Miler before Winthrop responded with a kill by Palmer made it 10-5. Barman increased the lead to six with again with another kill as PC took the 11-6 lead.
PC earned set and match point off a Frank kill, but could not convert the first go around as the Blue Hose recorded and attack error to make it 14-8. Winthrop returned the favor with an attack error of its own to give PC the 15-8 game five and match win.