Kennesaw, Ga. – The Presbyterian College volleyball team split their pair of matches as part of the Kennesaw State Tournament on Friday, sweeping Jacksonville and falling to host Kennesaw State in four sets. The Blue Hose defeated the Dolphins 25-22, 25-16, and 25-17. PC fell to the Owls 18-25, 27-25, 19-25, and 9-25.
Against Jacksonville, PC was led by junior Erin Eulitz offensively, who paced the team nine kills. Freshman Erin Cooke was not far behind, collecting seven kills while also adding 10 assists. Sophomore Sydney De Jong and freshman Trinity Williams picked up six kills apiece. Sophomore Sierra Jones was the main distributor for the Blue Hose, tallying 14 assists in the match.
Defensively, sophomore Allie Wright recorded a team-high five blocks, three solo, in the contest. Her three solo blocks are tied for 7th most in a game in Division I program history. Redshirt junior Daley Gosnell led PC with 10 digs.
In the first set of the match, the Blue Hose found themselves in an 18-12 hole. They would take the next seven points, highlighted by kills from Cooke, De Jong, and Eulitz, to hold a one-point lead. The set would then turn into a back and forth battle, with PC and Jacksonville being tied at 19, 20, 21, and 22. With the score 22-22, the Blue Hose would win three straight points to win the first set, capped off by an ace from Erin Cooke.
PC quickly jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the second set. Their lead would grow to 10 with a 9-5 run, making the score 17-7. The largest lead of the set, and the match, came when the Blue Hose led the Dolphins 24-12. PC took the second set, 25-16.
In the third and final set, the Blue Hose would use runs of five and four straight points to create a 16-8 lead. The Blue Hose finished the set 25-17 and ended the match with a kill from Cooke.
Against Kennesaw State, Sydney De Jong tied the Division I program record with eight block assists. That mark also sits tied for fifth most total blocks in a match. Erin Cooke collected seven block assists of her own, which is tied for second in Division I program history, while adding a team-high 13 kills.
In the second set, the Blue Hose would jump out to a quick 7-3 lead on the Owls. That lead would extend to 21-14, PC’s largest set lead in the match. Kennesaw State would claw their way back and take a 23-21 lead on the Blue Hose. PC would win six of the next eight points to take the set victory.
The Blue Hose will be in action again next weekend when the travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado to take part in the Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic, hosted by Air Force. PC will take part in three matches on the trip, facing California Baptist and CSU Bakersfield on Friday, September 7 and host Air Force on Saturday, September 8.