BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Presbyterian College volleyball team picked up its first Big South Conference victory on Saturday afternoon, winning 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-7) at Gardner-Webb. The Blue Hose improve to 6-9 overall and 1-1 in conference play, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs fall to 2-11 overall and 0-2 in the Big South.

 

Notables

- Sophomore Erin Cooke posted a double-double for the third straight contest, leading PC’s attack with 10 kills and adding 12 assists. She has eight double-doubles for the season, and five in the Blue Hose last six matches.

- Junior Sierra Jones handed out a match-high 20 assists, moving her within one of former Blue Hose Jaclyn Brewington (2015-18) for fifth-most in PC’s DI era (2007-present).

- Freshman Gracie Davis registered seven kills on a .778 hitting percentage.

- Sophomores Lauren Talbert and Trinity Williams had six kills apiece. Talbert and senior Erin Eulitz each had 13 digs to lead PC.

- In her first start as a Blue Hose, junior Hannah Chapman picked up three kills and a pair of blocks.

- Presbyterian notched a season-high 13 service aces, led by junior Allie Wright’s four.

- The Blue Hose also posted a season-best .306 hitting percentage.

- PC has won five straight meetings against Gardner-Webb, and come away victorious in its last four trips to Boiling Springs.

 

How it Happened

- The opening set was tight early, but PC broke it open with runs of 7-2 and 5-0 to claim a 20-11 advantage. GWU cut the deficit to seven, but the Blue Hose closed out the set with a 5-2 spurt.

- A 4-0 run helped Presbyterian jump on top, 5-2, in the second set. The Runnin’ Bulldogs drew within one, but PC responded by pushing the advantage right back to four, at 8-4. An 8-2 run by the Blue Hose extended the margin to 16-8, and Gardner-Webb did not get any closer than six for the remainder of the set.

- The Blue Hose carried the momentum into the third set, with a 6-0 spurt helping the visitors open up a 9-2 lead. Gardner-Webb came within six on multiple occasions before PC put the ‘Dogs away with a match-clinching 12-0 run.

 

Up Next

PC returns to Clinton for its 2019 home opener on Friday night as it hosts Charleston Southern at the Templeton Center. First serve is slated for 6:00 pm.