Taylor Lillard recorded 19 kills, while Sydney Marshall added 10 to lead the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs to the 3-1 win over the Presbyterian College volleyball team in Big South action Friday evening in Boiling Springs, N.C. After winning the first set, 27-25, PC dropped the next three, 25-27, 19-25, and 15-25.
PC drops to 3-14 overall and 1-3 in the Big South, while Gardner-Webb improves to 5-14, 1-3. The Blue Hose head to UNC Asheville Saturday for a 2 p.m., match.
Leading the Blue Hose in kills was Ashton Stewart with 10, followed by Samantha Del Toro with eight. Mikayla Register added 22 digs, with Rachel Elshoff close behind with 18. Jaclyn Brewington recorded 37 assists. PC collected 39 total kills and posted a .024 hitting percentage, while finishing the night with four blocks and 69 digs.
Gardner-Webb came away with 49 kills, a .129 hitting percentage, 74 digs, and 16 blocks. Jene Lee added eight blocks, with Anna Pashkova posting 16 digs and Justine Bowers totaling 36 assists.
Trailing 14-11 in the first set, PC rallied back with three straight kills from Martina Shamley, Del Toro and Elshoff to make it 14-14. The Blue Hose extended their lead to 20-16 off a 9-2 run before Gardner-Webb out-scored PC 7-3 and tied the set, 23-23. The Runnin’ Bulldogs earned set point off a PC attack error, but back to back GWU attack errors gave the Blue Hose their own set point at 26-25. Sara Rogers sealed the deal the next point with a service ace as PC took the 27-25 win.
In a second set reminiscent of the first, the Blue Hose and Runnin’ Bulldogs found themselves tied on several occasions, including 20-20 off a Del Toro kill. A 4-2 run by GSU made it 24-22, before a kill by Stewart and GW attack error knotted the set against at 24-24. Tied again at 25-25, Gardner-Webb earned the next two points to take set two 27-25.
Gardner-Webb came out firing in the third set, building a five-point lead on several occasions, including 20-15. PC cut it to four at 23-19 and looked to start a rally, but a Blue Hose attack error and GWU service ace stopped it short, giving the home team the 25-19 third set win.
A close fourth set early, GWU held a 7-6 lead before taking control with a 15-3 run, including 10 straight to build a 22-9 margin. A block by Stewart and Del Toro ended the drought to make it 22-10. Two kills by Stewart helped make the score 23-13, but GWU held on for the 25-15 fourth set and match win.