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Volleyball drops 11th consecutive match

By Curtis Brooks
Sports Editor

October 25, 2012

Photo by Sherry Jacobs
Freshman Ashtin Truesdale winds up for a serve to the opposition. Truesdale finished the game with 10 digs against Coker on Oct. 12 in nonconference play.

The Lady Braves volleyball team lost their 11th consecutive game on Oct. 13, when the visiting Montevallo Falcons defeated the host squad in straight sets in conference play at the English E. Jones Center.

The Falcons dominated the nets throughout the match and won by scores of 25-11, 25-9 and 25-11 after recording a hitting percentage of .362.

In the first set Montevallo started with a 7-1 lead and never looked back as they rallied all the way to a 25-11 victory.

Montevallo used a 9-2 run in the second set to establish their dominance en route to a 25-9 win.

In the third and final set, the Falcons duplicated their work from the first two sets and finished the match with a 25-11 victory.

Sophomore Michelle Walker led the way for the visiting team as she recorded a game-high 14 kills with .407 hitting percentage.

The junior duo of Manyi Ati and Michelle Carle each registered eight kills a piece for the Falcons.

Ati finished with a game-high .538 hitting percentage and also recorded six digs on defense.

Carle recorded five of the visiting team's blocks on the day and ended the game with a .471 hitting percentage.

The Black and Gold were led by senior Shay Peterson who registered five kills on the day.

The Lady Braves have lost all seven of their Peach Belt Conference contests this season, only winning a single set against Augusta State on Oct. 12.

Looking forward

The Lady Braves will take on nonconference foe Coker, from the Conference Carolinas, for the second time this season on Oct. 24 as they try to snap an 11-game losing streak.

The Lady Braves last victory of the season was when they defeated Coker in straight sets on Sept. 12.

The Cobras have struggled thus far in the campaign and have compiled a 5-18 record on the season.

In their most recent tilt, Coker lost a nonconference match to PBC foe Francis Marion on Oct. 18 three sets to one.

The Cobras carry a five game losing streak going into their matchup with the Black and Gold and are also looking to gain some momentum in the later portion of the season with a victory.

Following the nonconference rematch with Coker, the Lady Braves will travel to conference powerhouses Armstrong Atlantic and Flagler on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, respectively.

Armstrong Atlantic has won 22 of their 26 matches this season and is currently second in the PBC standings.

Junior Jessica Santaniello has led the Pirates with a PBC-high 297 kills with a .289 hitting percentage on the season.

Santaniello has also recorded 281 digs in 2012 from her outside hitter position.

Flagler is currently the top team in the PBC standings with a perfect 7-0 record in conference play in 2012.

The Lady Saints are led by freshman Amelia Morgan and senior Dianna Craine.

Morgan has tallied a conference-high 830 assists on the season, while Craine leads the PBC in kills per set with over three kills a game.

The Lady Braves have already lost a game each to both sides, Armstong Atlantic and Flagler, earlier in the 2012 campaign.

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