Volleyball Splits on Final Day of Virginia Wesleyan Tournament

Volleyball Splits on Final Day of Virginia Wesleyan Tournament

Volleyball Splits on Final Day of Virginia Wesleyan Tournament

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan College volleyball team won its first match in the morning, before dropping the afternoon tilt in a hard-fought battle to go 2-2 to start the season.

3-0 Victory over Shenandoah (25-20, 25-19, 25-16)

The Marlins started the morning in a rare non-conference matchup with a fellow Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) foe in Shenandoah University.

Shenandoah put away a kill to tie the score at 20, before five-straight points put the game away for VWC. A service error, combined with a Tiffany Barrett kill, gave the Marlins a two-point lead. Another Shenandoah error paired with a Barrett kill made it 24-20 before an attack error ended the first set.

The two squads were tied at 18 in the second set before Virginia Wesleyan went on a 7-1 run to capture another victory. Five of those points came off Amber Matalus kills.

Matalus and Barrett had 12 kills each for the Marlins while Allison Mackley paced the squad with 15 digs to go with 30 assists from Emilee Pierson.

3-1 Loss to Meredith (23-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-16)

The Marlins won the first set in similar fashion to the Shenandoah match, taking a late tie at 23-all and scoring the final two points on Meredith errors to steal the win.

Meredith would prove why it is an unbeaten squad by pulling away in the next three sets. After being held to a .139 hitting mark in the first set, the Avenging Angels did not hit lower than .320 the rest of the way.

Caroline Corey led the way for Meredith (4-0) with 20 kills on a .410 hitting mark to go with 12 digs. Keegan Lynch paced the team with 21 digs while Hannah Blaylock finished with 46 assists.

Barrett had 11 kills against Meredith as Mackley posted 13 digs and Pierson tallied 30 assists.

Virginia Wesleyan (2-2) travels to the University of Mary Washington Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference start.