ROCK HILL, S.C. – Four different players recorded double-doubles, but it was not enough as the Presbyterian College volleyball team fell 3-1 (24-26, 25-12, 25-22, 26-24) at Winthrop in its Big South Conference opener on Friday night. PC dips to 5-9 overall and 0-1 in conference play, while WU improves to 9-3 overall, and 1-0 in the Big South.

 

Notables

- Sophomore Lauren Talbert paced the PC attack and led all players with 16 kills, and added 12 digs for her second double-double of the season.

- Fellow Sophomore Erin Cooke’s double-double (13 kills, 22 assists) was her seventh of the season and fourth in PC’s last five matches. Cooke also chipped in eight digs, three service aces, and three blocks.

- Sophomore Trinity Williams notched a double-double for the fourth straight contest, collecting 10 kills and 14 digs.

- Junior Sierra Jones registered her first double-double of the season and fourth of her Blue Hose career, posting 19 assists and 10 digs.

- With her match-high 20 digs, senior Erin Eulitz moved past former Blue Hose Ashley Dunlap (2007-10) for the fourth-most career digs in PC’s DI era (2007-present). Eulitz has recorded 20 or more digs in four straight countests.

- Freshman Taylor James recorded the first start of her collegiate career.

- Junior Hannah Chapman recorded a dig and a block in her first appearance as a Blue Hose.

 

How it Happened

- After Presbyterian claimed the first two points of the contest, Winthrop tallied the next five to open up a 5-2 advantage. The Eagles held that lead until the middle of the set, when the Blue Hose were able to even it up at 15-15. The two squads went back-and-forth until Winthrop nosed ahead, 24-22, but PC roared back with a 4-0 run to steal the first set, keyed by three kills from Talbert.

- Winthrop raced out to a 5-0 start in the second set, and tacked on runs of 7-1 and 5-0 to even the match at a set apiece.

- A 4-0 spurt put the Blue Hose on top 12-9 in the third set, but the Eagles answered with an 8-2 run to wrestle the advantage back at 17-14. Presbyterian countered by rattling off the next four straight to snatch a one-point edge, 18-17. With the set deadlocked at 22-22, WU took the next three points to claim the set.

- PC took an 11-7 edge in the fourth set, but a 4-0 spurt by Winthrop helped the Eagles grab a 14-13 advantage. The remainder of the set went back-and-forth, with neither team getting more than two points of separation. The Blue Hose held a 24-23 edge, but WU once again took three consecutive points to take the set and the match.

 

Up Next

The Blue Hose continue their first weekend of conference play on Saturday afternoon with a trip to Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on Gardner-Webb. First serve is set for 2:00 pm, and fans can watch the match live on ESPN+.