Warriors Upended in Charger Classic

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Huntsville, AL – Southern Wesleyan showed tenacity in the Charger Classic on Friday but fell short to Mississippi College 3-1 and Lynn University 3-0.

The Warriors collected 36 kills in the four-set loss against Mississippi College on Friday afternoon. Olivia Johnson led the way with 14 kills. She was followed by Darby Sheets with seven and Johanna Philyaw with six. Kali Letcher and Hadley Smith posted 25 combined assists. Letcher had 15, followed by Smith with ten. Katlyn Von Ins had a team-high of two service aces. Johnson also tallied 17 digs to lead the Warriors and she was followed by Von Ins with fourteen. Southern Wesleyan out-blocked Mississippi College 5-2. 

Southern Wesleyan had 24 kills in the loss to the Lynn University Fighting Knights. Freshman Amber Bass led the team with eight kills, and she was followed by Olivia Johnson with six. Kali Letcher led the team with 12 assists. Anna Martin had a team-high nine digs against the Fighting Knights, while Katlyn Von Ins and Johnson each contributed six. The Warriors had two aces and three blocks in the loss.

Match Vitals

Match One Final: Mississippi College 3, Southern Wesleyan 1

Match Two Final: Lynn 3, Southern Wesleyan 0

Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-6) Mississippi College (3-4) Lynn (5-1)

Coach Reininga Says…

"I'm pleased with the improvements we've made since last weekend. Hopefully this tough competition will pay off come conference time. I'm proud of the girls progress and we will work to get better each week!"

How It Happened

SWU vs Mississippi College

Set One

The Choctaws answered first before the Warriors could get on the board after a ball-handling error. Back-to-back kills from Olivia Johnson tied the game at 3-3 before another Johnson kill put the Warriors ahead 6-5. Both teams battled to gain control of the set but neither maintained the momentum. Again, kills from Johnson kept the Warriors tied with the Choctaws, this time it was 13-13 and again at 15-15. Southern Wesleyan held Mississippi College at set-point for two rallies before a kill from the Choctaws allowed them to win set one 25-19. 

Set Two

Southern Wesleyan gained early possession on a Choctaw ball-handling error. Johnson and Ashlyn Holford pushed the Warriors lead to 3-2 with kills. Again, Mississippi College challenged the Warriors to gain control of set two before Philyaw and Sheets put the Warriors ahead 10-8. Johnson was continuing to dominate on the outside with three unanswered kills to increase their lead to 15-12. Sheets and Philyaw provided offensive opportunities for the Warriors as well, collecting four combined kills. The Choctaws tied it back up at 22-22, but the Warriors responded strong after a time-out to go on and win set two 25-23.

Set Three

Again, the Choctaws struck first, but the Warriors collected their first point on an attack error. The Warriors went on a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the set. A kill from Danairi Malave put the Warriors up 12-8 before the Choctaws could regain the lead off of a string of points. Three Choctaw errors tied the game back up, however, Mississippi College was able to put themselves ahead after solid offensive attacks. The Choctaws won set three 25-17.

Set Four

The Warriors collected their first point of set four on a Choctaw serving error. Southern Wesleyan errors allowed Mississippi College to gain the momentum in the fourth set. Kills from Malave and Philyaw cut the Choctaw lead to 18-8. Despite a late kill from Amber Bass, the Choctaws won the match after a 25-12 set four victory.

SWU vs Lynn

Set One

Lynn opened the match with a kill from the outside. Olivia Johnson immediately responded with a kill through the middle to put the Warriors on the board. The Fighting Knights regained the lead but the Warriors matched their score at 4-4 and again at 6-6. Southern Wesleyan remained right there with Lynn before a string of five points allowed the Fighting Knights to run with the momentum and lead 12-7. Another two kills from Johnson put the Warriors trailing 12-18. Lynn went on to win set one 25-12.

Set Two

Southern Wesleyan scored first in set two off of a Lynn serving error. The Fighting Knights took a small lead before freshman Amber Bass tied the game at 7-7 with a kill and a block. Both teams battled for control and were tied at 16-16 and again at 18-18. Despite a late tip-kill from Johanna Philyaw, the Fighting Knights were able to escape set two with the 25-22 win. 

Set Three

Again in set three, the Warriors scored first on an opposing team error. Lynn gained the momentum and took advantage of Southern Wesleyan's unforced errors early in the set. Bass, Philyaw, and Ashlyn Holford all chipped in for the Warriors offensive attacks and brought the score to 22-11. The Warriors tried to get something going towards the end of the set, but the Fighting Knights sealed the win with a SWU error. Lynn won set three 25-14 and won the match 3-0.

What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will remain at the Charger Classic on September 14 as they take on the Missouri S&T Minors at 4 p.m. followed by the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers at 8 p.m.