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Lady Braves win two in Mt. Olive
By Jonathan Bym Asst. Sports Editor
September 13, 2012
The Lady Braves volleyball team traveled for a two day tournament in Mount Olive, N.C., on Sept. 7-8 in search of some quality wins to open up the season.
MillersvilleMillersville proved to be a tough opponent for the Lady Braves in the opening match for both teams as the Marauders captured a three set victory over UNCP.
Freshman Ashtin Truesdale led a balanced attack at the net by the Lady Braves as she tallied nine of UNCP's 35 kills. Truesdale also helped out Rebok with assists as they both recorded 11 and 20 assists respectively.
Junior Marissa Baker and Senior Taylor Gallentine combined for seven of the Lady Braves 12 block assists.
This was Gallentine's first volleyball match for the Black and Gold; she also played for the women's basketball team last season.
The first set proved to be the most competitive as UNCP was able to keep the score close until Millersville snuck away with a 25-22 win.
After going back and forth with the lead early on in the set, Millersville was able to hold on to a small lead until late.
With the score 20-19, the Marauders rallied off five of the next eight points to capture the win.
A comeback chance by the Lady Braves was stopped by Millersville in set two en route to a Marauders' 25-19 win. UNCP faced a 12-4 deficit early on in the set before rallying to tie the score at 13.
From there, the Black and Gold struggled to take control as the score favored Millersville by a slim margin for the rest of the match.
Millersville was able to hold off an early attack by the Lady Braves to take a 14-7 lead before finishing off the match with a third set win by the score of 25-17.
Mount OliveUNCP saw three comeback attempts in all three sets fall short to tournament host Mount Olive in the final match of play on day one.
Gallentine used a .400 hitting percentage to record 13 kills to lead the Lady Braves on offense. Rebok and Truesdale, much like in the first match of the day, lead the way in the assists category as they both had all but one of the Black and Gold's 32 assists.
The Lady Braves played catch up for most of the first set as Mount Olive ran out to a small lead before the Black and Gold made a quick run to bring the score close.
Mount Olive was able to put together a final 5-1 run to finish off the first set 25-20.
Mount Olive was able to take control early in the second set and held on to a 16-12 lead before the Lady Braves made a run 7-0 to take a 19-16 lead over the hosts.
To close out the set, the Trojans held UNCP to just four points while scoring nine to capture a second set victory 25-23.
With the scored tied at 19, Mount Olive shut out the Black and Gold en route to a 25-19 third set victory to sweep the Lady Braves.
St. Augustine'sAfter falling in each of the previous two matches, The Lady Braves bounced back to power past St. Augustine's in a straight set victory.
Black and Gold newcomer Sawyer Gray found an offensive rhythm as she recorded 10 of the total 35 kills for the Lady Braves.
St. Augustine's gave the Lady Braves a challenge in the first set. The Black and Gold held a 21-10 lead before the Falcons cut the score to 22-19. From there the Lady Braves scored the final three points for a 25-19 victory.
UNCP flew past St. Augustine's in the final two sets as the Black and Gold defense held the Falcons to 15 total points as they took the sets by scores of 25-7 and 25-8.
Virginia StateThe Lady Braves capped off the final game of the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Virginia State.
Senior Shay Peterson and Gray commanded the UNCP offensive attack with 13 and 15 kills respectively. Most of the kills were products of some of Rebok's 37 assists on the match.
UNCP cruised easily through the first set after taking an 11-5 advantage early and never letting up to a 25-14 win.
The Black and Gold rallied off 11 straight points midway through the second set to take a 21-8 lead before finishing off the Trojans by a score of 25-10.
In a very close set, Virginia State was able to keep the score close late and was able to score back-to-back points for a 27-25 victory. Virginia State used an early run to take a 18-12 lead before the Black and Gold rallied back to tie the score at 23 and 25.
In the fourth set, the Lady Braves broke away from the Trojans early and kept the offensive intensity to record a 25-12 victory to finish off the tournament.
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