Volleyball loses at Lincoln MemorialSeptember 13, 2011
HARROGATE, Tenn. -- The Lincoln Memorial University volleyball team moved to 2-1 in South Atlantic Conference play and 5-2 overall, as they defeated the Lions of Mars Hill College (4-2, 1-2 SAC) in three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-13, and 25-23 Tuesday evening.
In the first set, the Lady Railsplitters started slowly, as the Lions opened up a 19-14 advantage. LMU would battle back into the set, eventually tying the game at 21 apiece with a kill by senior Candace Richardson. The Lady Railsplitters would take the lead and win the set on consecutive kills by Kaitlin Walton.
The Lady Railsplitters implemented the momentum gained from the conclusion of the first set to their advantage in the second set. In that set, LMU jumped out to a 14-5 lead following three consecutive aces by Chelsea Ferron.
The third set began in similar fashion as LMU quickly opened up a 13-6 lead. However, the Lions would hang tough, bringing the deficit to one in four different times in the closing points. The Lady Railsplitters would close the set with the score tight at 24-23, as Brittany Pugh perfectly placed the ball in the back right corner for a kill and the victory.
Mars Hill was led by Marissa Wixson's 11 kills to go along with 15 digs and three blocks. Maggie Murphy notched a game-high 18 digs. Becca Smith directed the offense with 14 assists. Laura Ann Huskey posted three service aces, and four other teammates tallied two apeice. Huskey also totaled five blocks.
Candace Richardson led Lincoln Memorial with 10 kills. Blaire Fowler and Kaitlin Walton tallied nine kills apiece. Allison Beavers recorded a game-high 21 assists. Kristen Cantrell led LMU with 15 digs.
Mars Hill travels to Catawba on Friday. The match begins at 7 p.m.