After falling behind 2-0, the Blue Hose fought back to take the third set in thrilling fashion, but could not overtake the Spartans in the fourth, as the Presbyterian College volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to USC Upstate in the opening match of the Clemson Classic being held Sept. 11-12, in Clemson, S.C. PC lost the first two sets, 16-25 and 18-25, before rallying to take the third, 29-27. USCU claimed the fourth set 25-17 to take the match.
PC falls to 2-6 on the year, while Upstate remains perfect at 9-0. The Blue Hose return to the court at 7 p.m., to take on host Clemson.
The Blue Hose recorded 26 kills in the match, with Halle Tripp pacing the team with seven. Ashton Stewart and Sierra Davis followed with five apiece. Sara Rogers added 23 assists, while Mikayla Register came away with 26 digs, followed closely by Rogers with 20.
USC Upstate had four players with double-digit kills with Brianna Tellschow leading with 14. The Spartans posted 67 kills and a .163 hitting percentage, compared to .046 for PC.
The Blue Hose held the block advantage, 11-3, with Samantha Del Toro finishing with six block assists.
After falling behind early and ultimately losing the first two sets, the Blue Hose led for much of the third set, including 13-8 off two kills by Tripp and an ace by Register. Upstate fought back to tie it up at 13-13 and it was a back and forth battle from there. In a set that saw 13 ties, nine came after that with neither team able to pull ahead.
After Tripp used a kill to stave off match point at 26-27, Upstate committed two attack errors to hand the Blue Hose the third set, 29-27.
The Spartans rebounded in the fourth set, taking a 6-0 lead early and building a 20-14 margin to finish with the 25-17 set and match win.