After dropping a three-set match to East Tennessee State to open the Crimson-White Tournament in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Presbyterian College volleyball team made it a close affair against Georgia Southern, taking two sets into extra frames and winning one, before dropping to the Eagles, 3-1. The Bucs took the first match by scores of 25-17, 25-16, and 25-18, while the Eagles won 25-21, 25-27, 25-19, and 26-24.
How it Happened
ETSU 3, PC 0
In the first set against ETSU, the Bucs used an 8-1 run to break open an 11-11 tie to take the eventual 25-17 win. The second set, the Bucs outscored PC 7-3 early to build a seven-point lead and earn the 25-16 win. In the third set, PC kept it within a few points throughout but a late 6-3 run sealed the ETSU 25-18 set and match victory.
GSU 3, PC 1
Trailing 15-23 late in the first set against Georgia Southern, PC mounted a furious rally, behind two kills and a block from Ashton Stewart, to cut the margin to three-22-24. The rally was cut short by a Katie Bange to give the Eagles the 25-21 win. A back and forth battle in the second set, neither team led by more than three at any time. PC held four set points before a GSU attack error gave the Blue Hose the 27-25 victory. Leading 20-17 in the third set, the Eagles pulled away late with a 5-2 run to take the 25-19 decision and go up 2-1. Another tight battle in the fourth set, the final 10 points saw four ties, the last at 24-24 off a GSU service error. A kill and block gave the Eagles the final two points for the 26-24 set and match win.
Players of the Matches
Sierra Davis recorded a team-leading 15 kills against ETSU, falling just one shy of her career high. It also ranks seventh in PC’s Division I history in kills in a three-set match. Erin Eulitz paced the team with 11 digs, a career-high for her. Sara Rogers posted a team leading 28 assists.
Briana Allmon led ETSU with 13 kills, while Hailey Aguilar had 28 assists. Digs were controlled by Kristen Favre with her 17 on the afternoon.
Cathrine Murray led three Eagles with double-digit kills with her 14. Katie Bange added 24 assists, while Alex Beecher had 24 digs to go with her team-leading four aces.
Stats of the Match
The Bucs controlled the offense, hitting a .356, with 41 kills and just nine errors. ETSU added five aces and had seven players hitting over .200 for the match. PC hit .131 with 33 kills and 20 errors.
Georgia Southern held the slight advantage in hitting, .191 - .145, with both teams in the 20s in errors. GSU posted 11 more kills, 55-44, both teams finishing with 152 attacks apiece. The Eagles had an answer for a lot of those attacks, leading the digs category, 75-63. While PC had six aces, GSU had nine. The Eagles posted 10 kills, to PC’s six.
PC drops to 2-10, while ETSU improves to 7-3 and Georgia Southern 7-6.
PC rounds out the Crimson-White Tournament with a noon match against host Alabama on Saturday. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
How to follow
Fans can follow the matches in the tournament at www.RollTide.com. Fans can also follow on twitter at @BlueHoseVolley for match updates.