DAVIDSON, N.C. – Sophomore Erin Cooke notched a triple-double (17 kills, 24 assists, 11 digs) and fellow sophomore Lauren Talbert racked up a career-high 19 kills to lead the Presbyterian College volleyball team to a 3-1 win (26-28, 25-23, 25-19, 25-19) over N.C. Central on Saturday in the final match of the Davidson Invitational at Baker Sports Complex. The Blue Hose improve to 3-7, while the Lady Eagles drop to 0-11.
-Cooke’s triple-double was her first of the season and fifth of her career. The sophomore hit .433 for the contest, and her 17 kills equaled her career high. Cooke was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 11.3 kills, 16.0 assists, and 6.0 digs over the three matches.
-Talbert’s 19 kills led all players. She posted a .368 hitting percentage and chipped in six digs.
-Sophomore Trinity Williams added a season-high 11 kills on a .333 hitting percentage.
-Junior Sierra Jones dished out a season-high 30 assists. Saturday’s contest marked the second time this season that Jones and Cooke each registered 20 or more assists in the same match.
-Senior Erin Eulitz dug up a match-high 15 balls, her ninth straight double-digit dig effort.
-PC totaled a season-best 10 service aces and posted a season-high .278 hitting percentage in the contest.
-Saturday was the second win of the season for the Blue Hose over the Lady Eagles. PC is 4-0 against NCCU in its DI era (2007-present).
How it Happened
-PC held an early 7-5 edge in the opening set, but a five-point spurt vaulted NCCU in front, 10-7. The Lady Eagles remained on top for much of the set, and were up 24-21 until PC rattled off the next three points to even the score at 24-24. The Blue Hose fended off a total of five set points before NCCU claimed the set, 28-26.
-With the second set deadlocked at 13-13, Presbyterian ran off four consecutive points to grab a 17-13 lead, but NCCU countered with the next six to take a 19-17 advantage. After trailing 20-18, the Blue Hose used a four-point spurt to take a lead they did not relinquish on their way to evening the contest at one set apiece.
-Trailing 17-16 in the third set, PC surged ahead with four straight points to snag a 20-17 edge. The Blue Hose then closed out the set with a 5-1 run.
-In the final set, Presbyterian broke a 5-5 tie with a three-point run, then stretched the advantage to six, 13-7, with a four-point spurt. The Blue Hose maintained the lead throughout the remainder of the set to seal the victory.
The Blue Hose gear up for their final non-conference tournament as they head to Edwardsville, Ill., next Friday and Saturday to take on Central Arkansas, Purdue Fort Wayne, and SIUE.