Lady Braves Block Trojans From Victory, 3-1
MOUNT OLIVE – The UNCP women's volleyball team stopped a comeback attempt by Virginia State to win its final match of the Mount Olive Invitational, 3-1 Saturday afternoon at the Kornegay Arena.
The Lady Braves (4-4) used a dominating serving performance that included 21 service aces compared to Virginia State's (0-5) four to find victory in four sets 25-14, 25-10, 27-25, 25-12. Sawyer Gray and Shay Peterson controlled the net blasting 15 and 13 kills respectively at the Trojans.
The first set the Black and Gold garnered a .529 hitting percentage, outhitting the Trojans who could only muster a .100 hitting percentage. Junior Marissa Baker hit three consecutive service aces giving the Lady Braves a ten point lead.
Junior Jennifer Grunden completely dictated the momentum of the second set serving 10 straight points with four service aces. Grunden also posted a team-high 16 digs throughout the match.
"We played relaxed in the third set," said head coach Angie Byrd. "We weren't aggressive and we allowed them to come back and take the set from us." UNCP and Virginia State each slammed 13 kills in the third set, which the Trojans won.
The Lady Braves were able to come back to take the fourth and final set from The Trojans as freshman Ashtin Truesdale led UNCP to a 9-0 run serving up four aces. Senior setter Ashlyn Rebok collected 37 assists in the match and was named to the Mount Olive Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Virginia State totaled 53 team digs 34 kills. The Trojans were led by Whitney Bradley with 12 kills. Demera Thomason dished out 28 assists.
UNCP will be back in action on Wednesday as it takes on Coker (0-8) at home in the English E. Jones center at 7 p.m.