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Volleyball breaks winless streak in tourney

By Cody Parker Asst. Sports Editor

September 12, 2013

Photo by Sherry Jacobs

One of two seniors on the team, Marissa Baker is looking to lead the Lady Braves back to their winning ways.

The UNCP volleyball team traveled to Jefferson City, Tenn., to participate in the Carson-Newman Classic on Sept. 6 to 7.

The Lady Braves went 1-3 over the weekend, which was the their first action of the season.

Game one

The Black and Gold dropped the first match of the weekend as they lost to 25th ranked Palm Beach Atlantic three sets to none on Sept. 6.

There were six lead changes in the first set, but with the score tied at 11 Rachael Holehouse of the Sailfish scored five straight points to give Palm Beach Atlantic a hold on the lead.

The Lady Braves closed the gap on a kill from Sarah Bower to pull within three.

Five straight points from Palm Beach Atlantic’s Alex Marszalek put the lead out of reach as the Sailfish took the first set 25-16.

The Black and Gold jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second set after four errors from the opposition, but Melissa Buckingham of the Sailfish scored seven straight points to wipe away the team’s early mistakes.

Marszalek finished the set with three straight points as Palm Beach Atlantic took the set 25-14.

Early errors once again played a factor in the third set, but this time the errors were by the Black and Gold. They committed four errors which allowed the Sailfish to take a 7-1 lead.

Palm Beach Atlantic went on to take the final set 25-17 to win in straight sets.

Game two

In the second Match on Sept. 6, the Lady Braves again lost in straight sets to Carson-Newman.

The Black and Gold never led in the first two sets of the match as they lost those sets by scores of 25-15 and 25-12 respectively.

The Lady Braves had a 9-5 lead in the third set with five of those points coming from Bower and Morgan Westphal.

But Carson-Newman made a late run to pull away and take the final set 25-17.

Game three

The Black and Gold earned their first match victory in 24 contests as they beat Converse in straight sets on Sept. 7.

The Lady Braves got out to a 6-1 lead in the first set on five straight points from Sabrina Gonzalez.

UNCP held the lead the entire set and even pushed out to a 10 point lead at one point. The Lady Braves took the set with a  25-16 win.

The Valkyries took their first lead of the match in the second set when they took a 11-10 lead.

 Marissa Baker served for three straight points to give the Black and Gold a boost. Caroline Pridgen later scored the set point to give the Lady Braves a 25-21 set win.

The final set was tightly contested as neither team held a lead of more than four points. But a late run sparked by Pridgen changed the momentum in favor of the Lady Braves.

An error by Converse ended the match as the Black and Gold took the final set 25-22.

Game four

The Lady Braves lost their last match of the weekend on Sept. 7 as they were defeated in straight sets by Tusculum.

The Lady Braves were only behind by two late in the first set, but Tusculum scored five of the next seven points to take the set 25-20.

Tusculum led the entire second set as they again won 25-20.

The Black and Gold were looking to push the game to a fourth set as they held a 17-11 lead in the third set, but a five point run put Tusculum back in the set.

That momentum swing was enough to propel the Pioneers to a 25-22 final set win.

The Lady Braves will be back in action on Sept. 13 and 14 when they compete in the Belmont Abbey Tournament.

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