Volleyball Opens Homestand by Playing Host to ErskineSeptember 30, 2013
Fans Encouraged to Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson volleyball team steps out of conference action on Tuesday, as the Trojans open their longest homestand of the season against longtime rival Erskine. First-serve versus the Flying Fleet is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Abney Athletic Center.
The match has been designated as “Dig Pink” night, sponsored by AU Student Activities, as the Trojans will be promoting breast cancer awareness and fans are encouraged to wear pink. Pink t-shirts will be given away as prizes to fans and will also be sold to raise funds for the “Dig Pink – Side-Out Foundation.” Educational materials will be distributed to fans and all donations will benefit Side-Out, which in turn awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing compassionate support to breast cancer patients and their families.
Anderson is 4-5 overall and 4-1 in the South Atlantic Conference on the strength of its win streak. With a win Tuesday night, the Trojans would also improve to 3-0 at home.
The Trojans are riding a three-match win streak and are looking to claim their fourth consecutive victory and fifth in their last five outings, as the Flying Fleet invade the Abney Center. Anderson opened last season with four straight wins and a four-match win streak would also equal the Trojans’ win streak in mid-October, 2010. AU’s opened the 2010 campaign by claiming five consecutive victories.
AU is coming off its second straight shutout, a 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-23) win past Brevard in conference play last Friday night. Juniors Hailey Pittman and Shannon Gillespie shared match-high kill honors with 13 apiece, while Tinsley Hallman added six kills. Maghan Cautero dished out a match-high 31 assists and Hooker tallied 15 digs. Freshman Jessica Harris recorded four block assists.
With her third kill of the night, Gillespie moved into 10th place in Anderson’s all-time career record books for kills, surpassing former Trojan Kelly Shiflet (2000-03).
Gillespie currently ranks third in the conference, averaging 3.71 kills per set, while Cautero is fourth in assists per set at 8.89. Hooker ranks seventh in the league with 4.06 digs per set and Pittman is sixth in hitting percentage (.308) on the season.
The Flying Fleet
Last season saw the Flying Fleet finish with a 16-13 overall mark and 13-3 in Conference Carolinas. The Fleet won the Western Division of the Conference Carolinas but fell to Belmont Abbey in the semifinals of the leaguer tournament.
Erskine, picked to finish third in the CC this season, is 3-8 overall and 2-3 in the Conference Carolinas this season and is looking for its first win in five attempts away from the friendly confines of Belk Arena. The Fleet has dropped two of their last three and split a pair of home matches last Saturday, defeating conference-foe Lees-McRae College, 3-1, and losing to USC-Aiken 3-0 in a non-conference matchup at Belk Arena. The Fleet served an impressive 19 aces in the win past Lees-McRae, including five by sophomore Kelly Sullivan. Freshman Marissa Mayfield led the Fleet with a career-high seven kills, along with 5 digs in the loss to USCA. Anna Butrym shared a game-high 13 digs.
The Series vs. Erskine
The series between the two rivals is even at 3-3 since the two schools resumed the rivalry in 2009. Neither team has been able to garner an advantage in the overall series, with each squad winning on its own home court in each of the last four meetings. The exception was during the 2009 campaign, when both were members of Conference Carolinas – each team won on the other’s home court. The Trojans have blanked Erskine, 3-0, in each of the last two contests at the Abney Athletic Center.
In the last meeting between the two teams, Erskine slipped past the Trojans, 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 26-24, 18-25, 17-15) at the Belk Center. Gillespie led the Trojans with 14 kills, while Pittman added 11. Cautero handed out 41 assists and led Anderson with six digs.