Trojans Fall to Wolves in Regular-Season Finale

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ANDERSON, S.C. – Freshman Victoria Wehrmann and senior Tiffany Rowe each recorded double-figure kills, but the Anderson volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with a 3-1 (24-26, 25-17, 24-26, 16-25) loss to Newberry in South Atlantic Conference action Friday night at the Abney Athletic Center.  

The setback dampened senior night for the senior duo of Rowe and teammate Shelby Netherton, who played their final match in the Abney Center.

With a win, Anderson (13-16, 5-13 SAC) could have clinched a berth as the eighth seed in next week’s conference tournament, but will await the results of Saturday afternoon’s contest between league-leading Wingate and Carson-Newman. If homestanding Carson-Newman upsets the Bulldogs, the Eagles will claim the eighth seed.

Either the Trojans or Eagles will square off against top-seeded Wingate in Friday’s quarterfinal round.

Newberry improved to 17-13 overall and 10-8 in the league by snapping a two-match skid, while earning a sweep of the season series.

Wehrmann notched a team-high 12 kills, while Rowe added 11 kills and four total blocks on the night. Sophomore Meghan Cautero dished out a team-best 33 assists and notched three service aces, with sophomore Alix Hooker leading five Trojans in double-figure digs with 24.

Rowe is currently first in the South Atlantic Conference and 33rd in the nation in blocks and currently has 375 total blocks, 214 block assists and 161 solo blocks, which all three rank second in the Anderson record books.

Anderson pushed out to a six-point advantage twice in the opening set, but the Wolves went on a 7-1 run to even the score for the second time at 13-13. The score was tied nine more times, with neither team able to gain more than a two-point edge. The Trojans, trailed 24-22 and held off set point three times before Newberry captured the narrow win.

The Trojans jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead in the second frame and never trailed en route to the convincing win.

The third set featured 11 ties, again with neither team able to gain a decisive lead until late in the frame. Trailing, 22-18, Anderson reeled off five consecutive points to earn a brief 23-22 lead before the Wolves countered with four of the set’s final four points.    

Newberry snapped an 11-11 tie in the fourth and deciding set with an 11-3 run to gain control and took the win.

Brevard College is the host for the 2012 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament, which will be held Nov. 16-18.

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