Anderson Runs Win Streak to Four with Sweep Past ErskineOctober 1, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson volleyball team opened its longest homestand of the year by sweeping longtime rival Erskine, 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-19) in nonconference action Tuesday night at the Abney Athletic Center.
“We played well again tonight,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda. “Our ball handling was great and it was a good win. Shannon (Gillespie) had a fantastic night. We tried to mix up the lineup some tonight. It was wonderful to see all the fans in the stands and to get a point for the Beville Cup. We are looking forward to this weekend.”
Anderson (5-5) improved to 3-0 at home en route to winning its fourth straight match. The Trojans have recorded three consecutive sweeps past Erskine (3-9) at the Abney Center, while the Flying Fleet suffered their second straight setback and are still seeking their first road win in five outings this season.
The Trojans scored the first seven points of the opening set and never looked back as they jumped out to an early 10-2 lead. AU capitalized on back-to-back errors by the Flying Fleet to push out to a double-digit 15-5 cushion and maintained the advantage through the remainder of the set.
Anderson claimed an early lead in the second frame, as well, and used an 8-0 outburst to gain an 18-7 advantage on a kill by Gillespie. Erskine climbed back within seven on five occasions, but could get no closer, as AU freshman Jessica Harris closed the set with an emphatic kill.
The Trojans utilized a 10-1 run in the third set to turn an 8-7 edge into an 18-8 double-digit lead. The Fleet battled within five, at 21-16, but AU answered with four of the final seven points to claim the win.
Gillespie finished with a match-high 18 kills, while adding 16 digs, for her fifth double-double of the season. The Fishers, Ind. native committed just one error in 35 total attempts, posting a season-best .486 attack percentage. Junior Hailey Pittman tallied seven kills, while freshman Tinsley Hallman notched six, with Harris and Kelley Lacey recording five kills apiece. Junior Meghan Cautero handed out a match-high 24 assists, while freshman Priscilla Irizarry chipped in 10 assists. Junior Alix Hooker recorded 15 digs.
With the win, Anderson captured another point in the Beville Cup competition and leads Erskine 3-0 in the standings.
Anderson will look to look to extend the win streak as the Trojans get back into South Atlantic Conference action by playing host to Mars Hill on Friday. First-serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Abney Center.