GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Samford University volleyball team dropped their first SoCon match of the 2021 season in straight sets to UNCG on the road, Friday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Neither team came out with the hot hand in the opening set as the Bulldogs looked to manufacture energy in their first SoCon road match. Kate Wonus opened the match with a strong set including an authoritative flush off a quick set to put the Dogs up 5-4. After a back-and-forth early portion of the first set the Bulldogs took a narrow one-point lead (15-14) in the first set media timeout. Out of the media timeout, Lauren Deaton hammered home back-to-back kills to give the Dogs a 17-15 advantage. The Spartans continued to fight pulling ahead 22-21 forcing Samford into a late timeout. Kenya McQuirter had an important kill to draw the Dogs level, followed up by an ace from Emily Naubert cueing UNCG to call time. However, the Spartans responded with three straight points to take the set 26-24.
The seesaw continued into set two as Samford looked to tie the match up at a set apiece. UNCG was able to open a three-point lead at 15-12 heading into the second set media timeout. The Bulldogs looked to respond out of the break, pulling within one behind a kill from Sarah Hayes Farley, 14-15, but UNCG continued to build a lead taking the second set 25-20.
The Bulldogs opened the third set on a 3-1 run, but UNCG exploded for 10-straight points to lead Samford 10-3. A four-point run for Samford capped with a service ace from Emily Naubert followed by another four-point run with a pair of kills from McQuirter forced the Spartangs to call a timeout to regroup. However, the Spartans lead proved insurmountable as UNCG secured the match in three sets taking the final frame 25-17.
FROM THE BOX SCORE
- Freshman setter Aly Durban saw her first collegiate action against the Spartans tallying 19 assists splitting the reps at setter with Farley, who was pulling double-duty hitting and setting posted 18 assists and six kills.
- Lauren Deaton led the way for the Bulldogs offensively with 13 kills, while Kate Morgan tallied 19 digs defensively.
- For UNCG, Kayla White had 14 kills, while Gabriela McHugh posted 32 assists.
- The Bulldogs will make the trek to Cullowhee, N.C. to face the Catamounts of Western Carolina with first serve set for 5 PM CT.
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