Trojans to Face Wingate in Conference TournamentNovember 11, 2012
ANDERSON, S.C. – The 2012 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship field was finalized on Saturday, with Anderson earning the eighth seed in the tourney, which will take place Friday through Sunday on the campus of Brevard College.
After a one-year absence from the eight-team field, the Trojans won a head-to-head tiebreaker over Carson-Newman for the final spot in the field and will face top-seeded Wingate on Friday at noon. Anderson wrapped up the regular season with a 13-16 overall record and a 5-13 mark in SAC play, while Wingate posted an overall record of 26-2 and a 16-2 mark in the conference and enter the league tourney riding a 17-match win streak.
The Trojans feature a balanced offensive attack, with a pair of sophomores leading the way. Preseason All-SAC selection Shannon Gillespie leads AU and ranks fourth in the league with 343 kills, while Hailey Pittman is just behind, averaging 2.89 kills per set and is sixth in the SAC with 318 kills. Freshman Victoria Wehrmann adds 1.88 kills per set. Gillespie has recorded 15 double-doubles and notched 18 double-figure kill matches on the season, with Wehrmann posting a double-double versus Tusculum late last month.
Sophomore setter Meghan Cautero leads the South Atlantic Conference with 1,030 assists on the season and also sets the pace for the league with 9.28 assists per set, while ranking 83rd in the country. She also leads the Trojans with 26 service aces and has posted eight double-double dig/assist outings so far this season.
Defensively, sophomore Alix Hooker is fifth in the SAC with 528 digs, which is the ninth-highest single-season mark in school history. One of the most prolific middle blockers in school history, senior Tiffany Rowe currently leads the league in blocks (128) and blocks per set (1.15), while ranking 33rd nationally. Rowe is second in the AU record books in blocks, block assists and solo blocks.
In their last appearance in the SAC Tournament, the Trojans dropped a 3-2 (20-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-21, 8-15) opening-round decision to Lincoln Memorial