Franklin Springs, GA – Southern Wesleyan fell in their first match in the Emmanuel Tournament to the University of Alabama – Huntsville in a 3-0 final score.
Southern Wesleyan posted 28 kills in the loss, with Olivia Johnson leading the pack with eight kills in the contest. Annika Jones posted 15 assists and four Warriors posted a service ace in the loss. Katie Anderson led the team with 11 digs. Two Warriors posted a block apiece in the loss.
Set One Final: University of Alabama-Huntsville 25, Southern Wesleyan 21
Set Two Final: University of Alabama-Huntsville 25, Southern Wesleyan 22
Set Three Final: University of Alabama-Huntsville 25, Southern Wesleyan 20
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-4), University of Alabama-Huntsville (5-1)
How It Happened
The Chargers struck first, however an attack error by Anna LeDuc allowed the Warriors to tie the set 1-1. A kill by Sarah Stone gave the Warriors a 3-2 point lead. Southern Wesleyan lengthened their lead to 6-5 on kills by Annika Jones and Paige O'Connor. The Chargers drove ahead taking their lead to 13-9, but a kill by freshman Liz Kuntz cut their lead to 13-10. With the Charges leading the match 11-16, Southern Wesleyan put another point on the board. However, the Chargers stormed ahead to put too more points on the board and lead 18-12 in the first set. A kill by senior Shelby Sheets put the Warriors back in the game to bring the school to 18-23. Katlyn Von Ins scored a service ace to put the Warriors to 19-23 behind the Charges. Southern Wesleyan would not go down without a fight, but despite their late rally the Charges took the first set in a 25-21 final.
Southern Wesleyan struck first in the second set of the morning, and took their lead to 2-0 on an attack error by the Chargers. Kills by Holly Richardson and Shelby Sheets allowed the Warriors to lengthen the lead to 4-0. The University of Alabama-Huntsville fought back to tie the second set 4-4 and then took a 5-4 lead on an error. However, an attack error by the Chargers gave the Warriors the ability to tie the set 6-6. Each time the Charges pulled ahead, the Warriors would match their move to keep the set tie. Southern Wesleyan took a 13-11 lead on a kill by Liz Kuntz, but the Chargers countered and the match was tied 13-13. The Warriors put it all on the court with kills by Paige O'Connor, Liz Kuntz and Olivia Johnson to bring their lead to 20-18 over the Chargers. An assisted block by Liz Kuntz and Annika Jones gave the Warriors a 21-18 point lead over the Chargers. University of Alabama-Huntsville countered, but a block from freshman Liz Kuntz allowed the Warriors to keep their lead at 22-21. Despite the Warriors lead, the Chargers fought back to win the second set 25-22.
Southern Wesleyan started strong in the third set of the morning with Annika Jones serving the ball in the Warriors. The Chargers could not defend Annika's service as an error resulted in the first point for the Warriors. The Warriors went on to take a 3-1 point lead over the Chargers. University of Alabama-Huntsville countered to pull ahead 7-5. However, Kendall Vallancourt had a kill to put Southern Wesleyan 6-7 behind Alabama and then a solo block by Paige O'Connor to give the Warriors an 8-7 lead over the Chargers. A dig error by the Chargers can Southern Wesleyan a 10-8 point lead. The Chargers countered, tying the third set at 14 and pulling ahead to take at 22-16 point lead. A kill by freshman Olivia Johnson put a point on the board for the Warriors to put them 22-17 behind the Chargers. An attack error by the Chargers, allowed the Warriors to come to four points behind the Chargers and make the score 24-20. The Chargers won the final set 25-20.
The Warriors will continue in the Emmanuel Tournament as they take on Texas A&M International this evening at 4:30 pm. They will then compete against Clark Atlanta and Union on September 9 at 9 am and 4:30 pm. Southern Wesleyan will then travel to Gaffney, South Carolina on September 12 to play their first Conference Carolinas match against the Limestone Saints at 7 p.m.