Franklin Springs, GA – Southern Wesleyan rises about Texas A&M International in their second match in the Emmanuel Tournament in a 3-2 final.
Southern Wesleyan posted 47 kills in the victory, with Paige O'Connor leading the team with 12 and Katie Anderson following her with 11. Junior Annika Jones posted 33 assists. Jones on led the team with three service aces. She was followed by Holly Richardson with two aces. Anna Hughey led the team with 13 digs with teammate Katlyn Von Ins following her with 11 digs. The Warriors posted four blocks with Anderson leading the team with two blocks.
Set One Final: Texas A&M International 25, Southern Wesleyan 13
Set Two Final: Texas A&M International 25, Southern Wesleyan 17
Set Three Final: Southern Wesleyan 25, Texas A&M International 18
Set Four Final: Southern Wesleyan 25, Texas A&M International 19
Set Five Final: Southern Wesleyan 15, Texas A&M International 11
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-4), Texas A&M International (1-6)
Coach Reininga says…
"It was tough competition today and I'm proud of how the team fought back after being down two sets to pull out a victory!"
How It Happened
The Dustdevils struck first, but the Warriors countered to tie the set. However, Texas A&M pulled ahead throughout the match. Liz Kuntz's brought Warriors to 13-21 behind the Dustdevils. Texas A&M International won the first set 25-13.
Southern Wesleyan took the lead first, however Texas A&M International countered to tie the set 1-1. However, the tie was short lived as SWU took a 2-1 point lead on the Dustdevils. The Dustdevils pulled ahead to take a 5-4 lead. With Texas A&M International ahead, the Warriors started gaining ground and then tying the set 5-5. Back-to-back errors by the Dustdevils allowed the Warriors to come to 10-7 behind. A assisted block by Paige O'Connor and Annika Jones allowed the Warriors to get another point back, and then a kill by Liz Kuntz put Southern Wesleyan 10-9 behind the Dustdevils. Kendall Vallancourt delivered a key kill to allow the Warriors to tie the set 11-11. Warriors pulled ahead to take a 12-11 lead. However the Dustdevils pulled ahead to take a 22-16 point lead. Despite a late rally, Texas A&M International won the second set 25-17.
Southern Wesleyan struck first but, the Dustdevils countered to take a 2-1 point lead. A block by freshman Liz Kuntz allowed the Warriors to tie the set 2-2. Kill by Paige O'Connor brought the Warriors to a 3-2 lead. A great block by Katie Anderson and Kendall Vallancourt gave the Warriors a 13-6 point lead over the Dustdevils. Texas A&M International rallied to come to 15-17 behind the Warriors, but a kill by Paige O'Connor allowed the Warriors to hold onto the 18-15 point lead. Katie Anderson delivered a kill to give the Warriors a 20-16 point advantage and then went back alongside of senior Kendall Vallancourt to block a Dustdevil attack and put another point on the board. Warriors lead 24-17 (EXPLAIN). Warriors win third set 25-18.
Warriors take a 1-0 lead to strike first, but the Dustdevils countered. A serve by Holly Richardson resulted in a dig error by the Dustdevils to give the Warriors a 4-2 advantage. Paige O'Connor delivered a powerful kill to bring their lead to 5-3. Texas A&M pulls ahead, but the Warriors tied the set 6-6. The Warriors took a 10-8 point lead over the Dustdevils. A kill by Olivia Johnson allowed SWU to take their lead to 12-9. Liz Kuntz and Paige O'Connor teamed together to block a Dustdevil point to give Southern Wesleyan a 14-10 point lead. The Warriors pushed ahead and junior Annika Jones delivered a well-placed service ace to give the Warriors a 23-16 point advantage. A kill from Kendall Vallancourt put the Warriors ahead 24-18, and then a service error by the Dustdevils gave the Warriors a 25-19 point victory in the fourth set of the evening.
Southern Wesleyan struck first to take a 1-0 lead, but Texas A&M International countered quickly to tie the set. With the Dustdevils ahead 3-2, Katie Anderson delivered a kill to tie the set. With the set tied, the Warriors pull ahead 4-3. Liz Kuntz delivered a kill to give the Warriors a 7-5 point lead in the final set of the evening. After a long volley, Paige O'Connor delivered a powerful kill to give Southern Wesleyan a 9-5 point advantage. A service error by the Dustdevils allowed the Warriors to put another point on the board to bring the score to 11-7. Liz Kuntz delivered a powerful kill to bring the Warriors ahead 14-8. In the final point of the match, Annika Jones put the ball over the net to give the Warriors a 15-11 point victory.
The Warriors will continue in the Emmanuel Tournament on September 9 as they take on Clark Atlanta and Union at 9 am and 4:30 pm. Southern Wesleyan will then travel to Gaffney, South Carolina on September 12 to play their first Conference Carolinas match against the Limestone Saints at 7 p.m.