Trojans Sweep Carson-Newman

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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Anderson volleyball team used a balanced offensive attack to sweep Carson-Newman, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19) in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse.  

Anderson snapped a two-match skid en route to improving to 11-12 overall and 4-9 in the league, while Carson-Newman fell to 8-12 overall and 2-9 in the conference with its fifth consecutive loss.

The Trojans jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the first set, with sophomore Kelley Lacey sparking the surge with the first of her eight kills on the afternoon. Carson-Newman trimmed the Anderson cushion to just two on six occasions, but the Trojans never surrendered the lead. With AU holding a 21-19 lead, Carson-Newman committed back-to-back errors and following a kill by the Eagles’ Sabina Papala, senior Tiffany Rowe knocked down a kill and the Eagles committed another error as Anderson claimed the set win.

Anderson also led the second frame wire-to-wire, closing the set on a 12-1 run that turned a narrow 13-12 lead into the victory. Rowe ignited the outburst with one of her six kills on the day, while sophomore Shannon Gillespie notched five kills, including the final point of the set.

The Trojans snapped a 7-7 tie in the third and final set with a 7-3 run to take a lead they would not relinquish. 

Gillespie recorded her third straight double-double with a match-high 15 kills, while adding 11 digs. Lacey added nine digs to go along with her eight kills, while hitting a match-best .383 and Hailey Pittman also tallied eight kills on the afternoon. Sophomore Meghan Cautero dished out 37 kills and Alix Hooker chipped in a team-high 17 digs.

Anderson returns to the friendly confines of the Abney Athletic Center for a three-match homestand, beginning with Mars Hill on Friday. First-serve versus the Lions is scheduled for 7 p.m.  

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