Emmanuel College Sports Information Department
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Emmanuel College Women's Volleyball team was defeated in four sets by the Erskine Flying Fleet last night in the Shaw Athletic Center.
The Lions came out leading for most of the first set, until the Flying Fleet tied it at 20-20. Erskine won the first set, before Emmanuel came back to win the second set. This was the first set that Erskine has lost in Conference Carolinas play. Erskine then won the last two sets for the win (21-25, 26-24, 17-25, 16-25).
"I'm very proud of the progress we made tonight. We executed the game plan and were successful in dominating sets one and two. The focus the girls had in not only having accountability for their own roles on the court but for their teammates and at the same time picking apart Erskine's offense, was impressive. Unfortunately we were not able to win the match but we once again took another step forward towards our program's goal. Erskine had not lost a single set all season until they faced Emmanuel last night. Our girls are continuing to prove that they are a team to watch out for in this conference. Losing Libby Bradford, our starting setter and assist leader, was a blow. But we have focused on our depth and in preparing all of our girls for a moment when they will be asked to contribute and it has paid off. I feel our depth is one of the reasons we are competing at this higher level of play now that we are Division II. The level of expectation is very high and the girls know that we can't be satisfied with competing with the best, we have to strive to beat the best" Head Coach, Latonia Allen, had to say about the match.
Sophomore outside hitter Erica Burnham and junior right side Danielle Sweet led the offensive movement with nine kills each. Becca Graham dished out 15 assists, and Brittany Scarbroughadded 11 assists. Erica Burnham picked up 13 digs for the lions, while Sophie Windover had nine digs. Andrea Quintanilla put down five blocks and four service aces. Elissa Waldrop and Mercedes Pressely also added four blocks each.
The volleyball team continues Conference Carolinas play this weekend while traveling to SWU on Friday and North Greeneville on Saturday.