Trojans Sweep Carson-Newman for First Conference WinSeptember 22, 2012
ANDERSON, S.C. – Behind a season-best.357 attack percentage, the Anderson volleyball team wrapped up its brief two-match South Atlantic Conference homestand by sweeping Carson-Newman, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-19) Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.
Anderson (8-5, 1-3 SAC) earned its second win in the last three outings, while garnering its first league victory. Carson-Newman slipped to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the league after dropping its second decision in its last three contests.
Anderson sophomore Shannon Gillespie shared match-high honors with 14 kills, while Hailey Pittman added 11 kills on the strength of a season-best .579 attack percentage. Sophomore setter Meghan Cautero handed out a match-high 36 assists and Alix Hooker recorded a team-high 10 digs. Senior Tiffany Rowe garnered eight blocks on the afternoon.
Sophomore Lauren Santarelli led the Eagles with 14 kills, while sophomore Kristen Pickett dished out 28 assists and senior Angelle Hayes came up with 17 digs.
The Trojans trailed twice early in the first set before taking advantage of Carson-Newman miscues to go on a 5-1 run and taking a lead they would not relinquish at 9-6. Anderson pushed out to an eight-point advantage on four occasions before closing the set on consecutive kills from Pittman and freshman Victoria Wehrmann.
The second frame featured four early ties, with the Eagles claiming a 15-10 lead behind Santerelli’s four kills. But the Trojans refused to go away and reeled off an 8-2 run with Pittman knocking down three kills and the AU defense posting a pair of blocks during the surge, as AU claimed an 18-17 edge. With Cautero and Pittman serving, the Trojans scored seven of the frame’s final eight points to claim a two-set cushion. Sophomore Kelley Lacy notched three of her seven kills on the afternoon during the outburst, while Pittman added a pair as the Trojans closed out the set.
The third and final set featured seven ties before Anderson snapped a 12-12 deadlock on a Lacey kill and an ace from Kalie Endres. The Trojans edged out to a 21-16 lead and Carson-Newman would get no closer the rest of the way.
“This was a weekend of lows and highs,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda. “On Friday, I was very impressed with our team in games one through three, but we didn't finish the match and didn’t stick to the game plan. However, after a disappointing loss to LMU on Friday, the team came out determined not to let our momentum slip. We came out and served aggressively and stuck to the game plan. Most importantly, we fought for every point in every set. Carson-Newman is a very good team and it was a great win for us. We definitely turned a corner today.”
Anderson goes on the road for three contests, beginning at Mars Hill on Friday, continuing with Tusculum Saturday afternoon and wrapping up with Erskine on Tuesday, Oct. 2. First-serve versus the Lions Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m.