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Volleyball falls in final home PBC match

By Jonathan Bym
Assistant Sports Editor

November 8, 2012

Photo by Sherry Jacobs
The Lady Braves huddle together prior to a set earlier in the season. The Lady Braves played their last home game of the season on Nov. 3 against Lander.

Two strong showings in the first two sets by the Black and Gold volleyball team were not enough to knock off the visiting Lander Bearcats on Nov. 3.

The visitors were able to take the win in straight sets by scores of 25-20, 26-24 and 25-16. This was UNCP's final Peach Belt Conference home match of the season.

Senior Shay Peterson made the most of her final home conference match as she recorded her first double-double of the year.

Peterson had a team-high 11 kills and 16 digs.

Lander was able to shake off the Lady Braves early in the first set and held a six point lead at 19-13 late.

Both teams traded out scoring spurts to end the set as Lander took the first set by posting six points to UNCP's seven.

Junior Sawyer Gray recorded five of the team's 12 kills in the set with two coming in back-to-back points late as the Lady Braves cut into the Bearcat lead.

To start set number two, the home team ran out to an early 7-1 advantage behind many miscues from Lander as well as two kills from freshman Ashtin Truesdale and one added from Gray.

From there, Lander was able to fight their way back to tie the score at 16. Both teams tied the score six more times throughout the set with the last coming at 24-24.

Lander posted the next two points to win the second set. Much like in the second set, UNCP was able to capture an early 5-2 lead before Lander responded to take the lead at 8-7.

The Black and Gold found themselves down 11-10 before the Bearcats used a 4-0 run to take a 15-10 lead over the home team.

To close out the final set, Lander outscored the Lady Braves 10-6 to finish off the set and match.

Gray was the only other Lady Brave to have double- digit kills as she recorded 10 kills. Truesdale added nine kills to help out the cause.

Senior Ashlyn Rebok recorded 30 assists for her final PBC performance inside the English Jones Center.

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