Season-High Hitting Percentage Propels Trojans Past NewberryOctober 9, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – A season-high .274 hitting percentage lifted the Anderson volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-20) sweep of visiting Newberry, as the Trojans wrapped up their four-match homestand Tuesday night at the Abney Athletic Center.
“The team picked a great night to play well,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda. “We had three hitters who did a great job and hit a high percentage. We played smart and stuck to the game plan.”
Anderson (6-7, 5-3 SAC) snapped a brief two-game losing streak and also broke a three-game skid at the hands of Newberry (10-5, 5-4 SAC), which has lost two of its last three outings.
With junior Alix Hooker serving, the Trojans reeled off the first nine points of the opening set and Newberry was unable to recover, as AU opened a double-digit advantage at 13-3. The Wolves climbed within 17-9, but would get no closer as the Trojans led by as many as 11 points late in the set.
The Trojans opened the second set with a 6-1 run and never trailed, as AU went on to post a .278 hitting percentage. With Anderson equaling its largest lead of the frame, at 17-11, the Wolves went on a brief 4-1 surge to pull within three, but junior Kelley Lacey halted the run with a kill. Newberry followed by trimming AU’s lead to two twice, but the Trojans turned away the Wolves each time, first on a kill by junior Hailey Pittman, then on a kill from outside hitter Shannon Gillespie.
Anderson overcame a four-point deficit in the third set to claim its fourth sweep in its last six matches. Newberry took an early lead but AU stayed within striking distance and after falling behind,14-10, redshirt freshman Tinsley Hallman ignited a rally that saw the Trojans take their first lead of the set, at 17-16. Anderson closed the set with an 8-4 run, as Hallman and Gillespie combined for five kills.
Gillespie led all players with 17 kills, while adding 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. The Fishers, Ind. native posted a .343 hitting percentage, while Hallman added 12 kills and committed just two errors in 24 attempts for a season-best .417 attack percentage. Pittman tallied eight kills, with redshirt freshman Priscilla Irizarry handing out a match-high 31 assists. Hooker recorded a team-best 13 digs and Lacey chipped in nine.
Freshman Logan Hayward led a balanced Newberry attack with seven kills and teammate Elayni Stokes tallied a match-high 18 digs. Sophomore Rachel Moran garnered 17 assists.
Anderson opens a two-match road swing at Queens on Friday night, with first-serve in Charlotte scheduled for 7 p.m.