Laurinburg, NC—The St. Andrews University volleyball team won their second match in three days on Monday as they ousted the Tennessee Wesleyan College Bulldogs in 4 sets at Harris Court.
The Lady Knights came out strong whipping TWC 25-13 in the first set before the Bulldogs came back to win 25-20 in set number 2. SAU would not waver, though, as they would finish off TWC 25-14 and 25-19 over the next two sets.
The Knights saw themselves trailing 11-8 early in the final set when Head Coach Holly Mandeville chose to take a timeout to get her troops together. They responded as sophomore setter Alexis Cordova promptly would win serve on her next 10 games as the team went on a 10-0 run to take an 18-11 lead before the streak ended. However, SAU would go on to win the set and break last year's win mark with win number 9 today, the most wins for volleyball at SAU since they had 12 in 2009!
Freshman outside hitter Tessa Smith led the team with 12 kills today on a 23.3 hitting percentage while also leading with 16 digs along with senior leader Kendelyn Wheaton and freshman stud Anne Patterson each having 9 kills apiece. Senior Ruka Akolade also played well as she came in to the match in the third and fourth sets and brought a lot of energy off the bench as she recorded 4 kills on 9 attempts for a 44.4 percentage.
Cordova also led with 28 assists and 3 service aces while Wheaton led with 4 solo blocks and a block assist, her best output of the year as she now has 60 blocks on the season.
The Lady Knights improve to 9-17 on the year and 5-12 in the conference and currently the #8 seed with just two weeks to play. TWC falls to 7-19 and 4-14.
SAU will next travel to Morris College (SC) (4-14) Tuesday for a 6:30 pm game.