ANDERSON, S.C. – Untimely miscues proved costly as the Anderson volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (19-25, 27-29, 25-22, 22-25) decision to Northwood at the FSC/Terrace Hotel Classic, hosted by Florida Southern Saturday morning at Jenkins Field House.
Northwood (Mich.), the defending GLIAC Champions, improved to 2-1 on the young season, while Anderson slipped to 0-3.
“I thought the team fought hard and is growing into a great team,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda. “I was really impressed with our resiliency as they fought back several times after getting behind.”
The contest, which was closer than the final score indicated, saw unforced errors plague both teams throughout the four-set match.
The first set saw the Trojans take an early lead, but the Timberwolves battled back to take a 14-11 lead. AU climbed within just 16-14, but was unable to overtake Northwood, as the Timberwolves closed the frame with a 9-5 run to claim the set.
The second set featured 18 ties and nine lead changes, with the largest lead being two points by either side. AU claimed an early 6-4 edge but the Timberwolves capitalized on AU miscues to take a one-point, 10-9 advantage. The back-and-forth battle saw both teams take brief leads before Northwood took the narrow win.
AU overcame a slow start to win the third set after the Timberwolves scored the first five points of the frame and raced out to a 6-2 lead. But Anderson chipped away and climbed within 6-4, before Northwood pushed back out to a five-point lead (9-4), only to see the Trojans take their first lead of the set on the strength of a 8-1 outburst and claim a 12-10 edge. The Trojans snapped a 15-15 tie with 3-1 surge ignited by a kill from junior Hailey Pittman, and AU held a two-point edge on five occasions in the final moments before closing the set by scoring three of the final four points to gain the set victory.
The fourth frame again saw seven tie scores before Northwood snapped a 15-15 tie with five unanswered points, as the Timberwolves held on for the win.
Junior Shannon Gillespie notched her second double-double in as many days, leading the Trojans with 16 kills and added 11 digs. Pittman notched 12 kills, while junior Meghan Cautero dished out 36 assists. Defensively, junior Alix Hooker recorded a team-high 15 digs, while Priscilla Irizarry chipped in 11 digs.
Anderson gets back in action quickly, when the Trojans square off against nationally No. 2 ranked Tampa in AU’s final match of the Classic. First-serve is scheduled for 3 p.m.