Women's Volleyball Season Comes to an End with Loss to #1 Wingate

Photo by: Dr. Blake Rackley
Photo by: Dr. Blake Rackley

WINGATE, N.C - After the longest winning streak in Emmanuel women's volleyball history (13), the Lady Lions season finally came to an end with a loss to Wingate University in the NCAA DII Southeast Region Quarterfinals. The Lions earned their spot in the NCAA Regional Tournament after clenching the Conference Carolinas Championship in their first year of post season eligibility. The team entered the tournament as the #8 seed, pitting them against the number #1 ranked team in the Southeast. The Lions fell 3-0.

The tournament host started off strong, quickly establishing themself as the dominant team. The Lions struggled to penetrate the large Bulldog block, resulting in their lowest hitting percentage of the season. Wingate also had great success offensively with 44 kills and 10 service aces.

Despite the Goliath standing in front of them. The Lions still managed to put down 24 kills, led by Senior Julie de Blanck with 8. Junior Aysha Avery tallied 13 of the Lions 30 digs.

This loss marks the end of the 2018 season for the Lions, bringing their record to 23-9. Despite their run towards the national tournament coming to an end, the Ladies had their most successful season in program history. Here is a highlight of some of their accomplishments: 

Longest winning streak in program history (13)

Highest win percentage in program history (.719)

First Conference Carolinas Championship in school history

Conference Carolinas offensive player of the year

Conference Carolinas defensive player of the year

Six All-Conference picks

Tournament MVP

Three All-Tournament players

One All-Region pick

Congratulations to Coach Friddle and the women's volleyball team on a very impressive season!

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