Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Presbyterian College volleyball team fell in their opening matches at the Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic on Friday. The Blue Hose dropped the first match to California Baptist 17-25, 9-25, 25-21, and 25-23. PC was narrowly edged out by CSU Bakersfield 17-25, 16-25, 28-26, 28-26, and 10-15 in the nightcap.
Sophomore Sydney De Jong led PC in the first match with 10 kills and was tied with junior Erin Eulitz for most total blocks, four. Sophomore Sierra Jones tallied 23 assists, the most in any match so far this season for the Blue Hose. Redshirt junior Daley Gosnell paced the team with 16 digs and added five assists. Freshman Erin Cooke chipped in with nine kills, seven digs, and four assists.
In the third set, the Blue Hose quickly jumped out to a 7-3 lead. The Lancers would fight back to tie the set at 13. PC would once again extend their lead to four points at 18-14. Although CBU clawed back to bring the deficit to one point twice, the Blue Hose would take the final three points of the set to win 25-21.
The fourth set was a back and forth affair, with neither team leading by more than two points during any point in the set. The set was tied on 14 separate occasions. CBU was able to pull away at the very end by winning four of the last six points.
Sydney De Jong tied the Division I program record for total blocks (nine) and block assists (eight) in the match against CSU Bakersfield. She and Erin Eulitz each picked up a team-high 13 kills. Sierra Jones and senior Jaclyn Brewington each recorded at least 20 assists in the contest, 26 and 20, respectively. Sophomore Allie Wright and freshmen Lauren Talbert and Erin Cooke each added eight kills.
After dropping the first two sets against CSU Bakersfield, the Blue Hose would have to play extra points in both the third and fourth sets to extend the match. In the third set, PC jumped to a quick four-point lead. That lead would grow to six, but the Roadrunners fought back to tie the match. From that point forward, the set was tightly contested. The set was even 11 times in the set. The Blue Hose scored the last three points to take the set.
The story was similar in the fourth set. The lead on either side was never larger than three. This set was tied at 17 different points. The Blue Hose came away with four of the last six points to force the fifth and final set.
The Blue Hose will be back in action again tomorrow as part of the Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic, taking on host Air Force at 2:30 p.m. That match will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network. A link to that stream can be found here. The link for the live stats of that match can be found here. For Blue Hose news and updates, be sure to follow PC Volleyball on Twitter @BlueHoseVolley.