Lourdes Rosario used 13 kills and a .571 hitting percentage to lead Winthrop to the 3-0 win over the Presbyterian College volleyball team Friday night at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. Martina Shamley paced the Blue Hose in the losing effort as the Eagles took the three sets by scores of 25-19, 25-20, and 25-14.
PC drops to 3-13 overall and 1-2 in the Big South, while Winthrop improves to 7-11, 2-1. The Blue Hose take the rest of the weekend and week off, resuming action Friday, Oct. 9, at Gardner-Webb.
The Blue Hose held the advantage in attacks, 100-87, but the Eagles held the edge in kills, 39-26, posting a .264 hitting percentage compared to .020 for PC. Winthrop recorded seven blocks to PC’s four, with the Blue Hose posting four service aces to the Eagles’ six.
Behind Shamley and her eight kills was Rachel Elshoff with five. Jaclyn Brewington led the team in assists with 19, while Mikayla Register ended the night with nine digs, as the team finished with 28.
Madilyn McCarty had 34 assists, while Maria Volstad had 13 digs for Winthrop. As a team the Eagles collected 40 digs.
Winthrop opened the first set with an 11-5 lead but the Blue Hose rallied back with an 8-3 run, capped by a kill from Ashton Stewart and an ace from Elshoff, to cut the lead to one, 13-14. The Blue Hose trailed by just two at 18-20, but Winthrop came back with five of the next six points to take set one, 25-19.
A close margin throughout the second set, PC trailed by just one or two most of the time, and even tied it up on several occasions, including 15-15 off a Halle Tripp kill. Leading 21-19, the Eagles used back to back blocks to make it 23-19. After a Shamley kill made the score 20-23, PC recorded back to back errors to give Winthrop the second set, 25-20.
Winthrop stormed out of the gates in the third set, building a 20-3 lead before an Eagle service error stopped a 16-0 run by the visitors. The point sparked a furious PC rally as the Blue Hose rattled off the set’s next nine of 10 points to cut the margin to nine, 21-12. That would be as far as PC would get as the Eagles rounded out the set taking the final four of six points to earn the 25-14 set and match win.