Montgomery, AL – Southern Wesleyan fell in their first two games of the AUM First Invitational Tournament on Friday. The Warriors fell to the Alabama – Huntsville Chargers in game one in a 3-0 final and then to the Montevallo Falcons in game two in a 3-0 final.
Southern Wesleyan scored 29 kills in the first match of the afternoon with sophomore Olivia Johnson leading the team with 12. Senior Annika Jones had 16 of the 28 assists in the match one loss. Both Jones and Sarah Stone had a service ace during the match. Anna Martin and Katie Anderson led the team in digs with Martin boasting 21 and Anderson 11. Southern Wesleyan recorded five blocks, with Danairi Malave recording two of them.
The Warriors put up 25 kills in the second match of the afternoon. Olivia Johnson led the team with nine kills. Annika Jones delivered 20 assists in the loss. Katlyn Von Ins and Jones had the lone aces of the evening. Anna Martin led the team with 17 of the 39 digs in the loss. Southern Wesleyan had eight blocks in the loss with Davis Hendricks leading the team with three. Hendricks was followed by Darby Sheets with two.
Match One Final: Alabama – Huntsville 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Match Two Final: Montevallo 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-4) University of Alabama – Huntsville (4-2) Montevallo (5-1)
Coach Reininga says…
"We learned a lot today! The team is working to be ready by conference and they continue to get better each week!"
How It Happened
Match One: SWU vs Alabama – Huntsville
The Alabama – Huntsville Chargers took an early lead with kills by Anna LeDuc, but Southern Wesleyan countered with a kill by Davis Hendricks to come to 4-1 behind the Chargers. A kill by Olivia Johnson and an attack error by the Charges allowed the Warriors to cut the Chargers lead in half and make the score 6-3. Alabama – Huntsville continued to pressure to take a 14-4 point advantage over Southern Wesleyan. Back-to-back kills by Olivia Johnson allowed the Warriors to cut the Chargers lead to 19-7. Alabama – Huntsville won the first set in a 25-10 final.
The Chargers jumped out early with a kill by Isabelle Barnes, but the Warriors countered with a kill by Olivia Johnson to tie the second set at one. Alabama – Huntsville continued to pressure to put their lead to 7-2. Sarah Stone delivered a kill to allow Southern Wesleyan to come to 9-3 behind Alabama-Huntsville, and then a kill by Katie Anderson made the score 11-4. Back-to-back kills by Courtney Price and Olivia Johnson allowed the Warriors to cut the Chargers lead to 15-7. Southern Wesleyan continued to pressure with a service ace from Annika Jones to put them to 11-17 behind Alabama – Huntsville. The Warriors battled on as a kill by Olivia Johnson made the score 13-17. Southern Wesleyan put up a fight, but Alabama – Huntsville won the second set 25-20.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the third set with a kill by Olivia Johnson to put the Warriors on top 1-0. The Chargers countered, but a kill by Sarah Stone allowed the Warriors to maintain the lead and make the score 2-1. A service error and attack error by the Chargers pushed Southern Wesleyan's lead to 4-2, but a kill by Lorah Yonce allowed the Chargers to tie the set up. Katie Anderson and Courtney Price delivered kills to put the Warriors back on top 6-5. Alabama – Huntsville pushed ahead, but a kill by Sarah Stone allowed the Warriors to keep the set tied 10-10. A kill by Darby Sheets allowed the Warriors to push ahead and take a 12-10 point advantage over the Chargers. Alabama – Huntsville would not let Southern Wesleyan pull ahead much further as they took a 16-14 point lead on a service ace by Lorah Yonce. The Warriors continued to fight with a kill by Courtney Price to come to 15-18 behind the Chargers. Back-to-back kills by Olivia Johnson and Courtney Price brought the Warriors to 19-20 behind the Chargers, and then an attack error by the Chargers allowed the Warriors to tie the set at 20. The Warriors pressed on with kills by Olivia Johnson and Darby Sheets, but the Chargers won the final set 25-22.
Match Two: SWU vs Montevallo
The Montevallo Falcons jumped out first on a kill by Amanda Nugent. Southern Wesleyan fought back with a kill by Katie Anderson to tie the set 3-3. The Falcons push ahead, but kills by Olivia Johnson, Annika Jones and Sarah Stone put the Warriors down 10-11. Montevallo continued to pressure Southern Wesleyan to win the first set 25-15.
Southern Wesleyan burst out of the gates in the second set of the match. Annika Jones led off with a service ace to give them a 1-0 lead. Kills by Olivia Johnson and Davis Hendricks allowed the Warriors to push their lead to 4-0. Montevallo put a point on the board with a kill by Hannah Fernandez. Southern Wesleyan lengthened their lead to 9-1 with kills by Danairi Malave, Davis Hendricks and Courtney Price. The Falcons challenged back and went on to tie the set at 12 on a service ace by Michaela Henderson. Montevallo took the lead on a kill by Amanda Nugent to make the score 14-13. However, kills by Olivia Johnson allowed the Warriors to tie the set back up at sixteen. The Falcons fought ahead to win the set 25-17.
The Falcons took an early lead, but attack errors by Montevallo allowed the Warriors to tie the set 1-1. Montevallo pushed ahead, but a kill by Olivia Johnson cut the Falcons lead in half to make the score 2-4. Southern Wesleyan remained in striking distance with a kill by Courtney Price to make the score 4-6. Several kills and an ace allowed the Falcons to take their lead to 12-5. The Warriors would not go down quietly with a service ace by Katlyn Von Ins and kills by Olivia Johnson and Courtney Price. Despite the late rally, the Falcons defeated the Warriors in the final set 25-14 to win the match.
Southern Wesleyan will continue in tournament action in Montgomery, Alabama on September 1 as they take on the Le-Moyne-Owen Magicians at 1 p.m. The Warriors will then take on the Clark Atlanta Panthers in the Emmanuel College Tournament on September 7. Southern Wesleyan will then play their first Conference Carolinas match of the season on September 11 as they travel to Gaffney, South Carolina to take on the Limestone College Saints.