After winning the first set, the Presbyterian College volleyball team dropped the next two before coming back and taking the fourth set and forcing a fifth, but fell in the deciding stanza to the Radford Highlanders in Big South action in Radford, Va. PC won the opening set, 25-20, before falling 25-18 and 27-25 in the next two. The Blue Hose rebounded with a 25-21 win in the fourth but fell 15-7 in the fifth and deciding set.
The Blue Hose, who drop to 9-12 overall and 4-5 in the Big South, step out of conference play when they travel to Clemson Tuesday, Oct. 28, for a 7 p.m., match. Radford improves to 17-7, 7-2.
Rachel Hall led the offensive effort with 17 kills, followed by Rachel Elshoff with 14. Ashtin Frank totaled an impressive 45 assists and 15 digs for the Blue Hose, while Mary Trimpe recorded a team-leading 29 digs. PC hit 56 kills for a .216 hitting percentage and had 79 total digs and nine blocks.
Radford was led by Rachel Wiechecki with 21 kills, with Emma Deininger behind with 14. Jena Braden recorded 56 assists, while Wiechecki added a team-leading 19 digs. The Highlanders posted 67 kills and a .251 hitting percentage.
PC led the majority of the first set, but it was close, with Radford cutting the lead to three on several occasions, the last at 17-14 off a Megan Short kill. Hall and Halle Tripp posted back to back kills to extend the PC lead to 19-14. PC hit set point at 24-19, but a Blue Hose service error made it 24-20. Elshoff ended any Radford rally with a kill to give the Blue Hose the 25-20 first set win.
The Blue Hose held the early 7-4 lead in the second set, but three straight from Radford tied the set at 7-7. Tied again at 10-10, the Highlanders scored the next 11 of 15 points, highlighted by multiple kills from Deininger and Wiechecki, to storm out to a 21-14 lead. PC could not recover, falling by the final, 25-18 margin.
PC led 17-11 in the third set, but Radford rallied after outscoring PC 10-4 to tied it up at 21-21. The Blue Hose used back to back kills from Elshoff to score three straight and reach set point, 24-21. A Radford kill and two PC attack errors enabled the Highlanders to come back and tie the set at 24-24. A back and forth battle ensued with Radford earning set point off a Maddie Palmer kill. A PC attack error the next point gave the Highlanders the come from behind 27-25 third set win.
Tied 11-11 in the fourth set, PC took the lead off a Tripp kill and held on down the stretch, leading by as much as five, 22-17 before settling on the four-point, 25-21 fourth set win, to force a deciding fifth set.
Radford opened up a 6-2 lead in the fifth set, capitalizing on three kills from Wiechecki. The Highlanders held on to at least a four-point lead, using three more Wiechecki kills to take the 15-7 fifth set and match win.