Gaffney, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell in their first Conference Carolinas match of the season in a 3-0 final score against the Limestone Saints.
Southern Wesleyan posted 22 kills in the loss to Limestone with Olivia Johnson leading the team with seven kills. She was followed by Sarah Stone with five. Annika Jones posted 19 assists. The Warriors recorded three aces. Southern Wesleyan recorded 27 digs with Haley Martin leading the team with nine. The Warriors recorded six blocks with Davis Hendricks and Courtney Price each having two.
Final: Limestone 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-5 / CC 0-1) Limestone (4-3 / CC 1-0)
Coach Reininga says...
"I was proud of the team in set three. But we can't start slow. We have to learn to be mentally tough and come out confident from the beginning. Hats off to Limestone, they played well and are a strong team. We will work on tuning things up before the weekend."
How It Happened
The Limestone Saints took an early lead, but an attack error by the Saints allowed the Warriors to tie the first set 1-1. The Saints took a 2-1 lead, but a kill by Sarah Stone allowed the Warriors to tie the match 2-2. Limestone took a 5-2 lead on an ace by Madeline Yeager. The Saints continued to challenge the Warriors, breaking out a 15-6 point advantage, but a kill by Katie Anderson allowed Southern Wesleyan to put another point on the board. The Saints won the first set 25-8.
The Saints took a 1-0 lead on a kill by Madyson Lousignont, but an attack error by the Saints allowed the Warriors to tie it 1-1. Kills by Davis Hendricks and Olivia Johnson put the Warriors on top 4-2. Limestone would not go down quietly with back to back kills to tie the set at six. A service ace by Katlyn Von Ins and a kill by Katie Anderson allowed the Warriors to tie the second set at nine. Courtney Price delivered a kill to put the Warriors down 10-12 to the Saints. Limestone continued to pressure Southern Wesleyan, taking a 21-12 point advantage. The Saints won the second set 25-14.
The Saints took an early 2-0 lead, but the Warriors fought back with a kill and service ace by Sarah Stone to cut Limestone's lead to 5-3. The Warriors would not be silenced as Annika Jones delivered a service ace and blocks by Courtney Price and Davis Hendricks put Southern Wesleyan on top 10-9. A kill by Katie Anderson allowed the Warriors to maintain the lead at 11-10. The Saints challenged, but a kill by Sarah Stone allowed the Warriors keep it tied 13-13. Kills by Olivia Johnson and Katie Anderson tied the set at 16. Limestone took the lead, but Warriors continued to pressure with kills by Courtney Price and Sarah Stone to put them to 20-22 behind Limestone. Southern Wesleyan fought back to tie the set 23-23. The Saints went on to win the final set 25-23.
Southern Wesleyan will next open up at home as they take on the Flagler Saints at 5 p.m. on September 14. They will travel to North Greenville to take on both the Crusaders and the Augusta Jaguars on September 15.