Franklin Springs, GA – Southern Wesleyan rises about Clarke Atlanta in their third match in the Emmanuel Tournament in a 3-1 final.
The Warriors posted 60 kills with Paige O'Connor and Olivia Johnson leading the team with 20 kills apiece. Annika Jones posted 50 assists in the win. Southern Wesleyan posted 12 service aces with Katie Anderson and Annika Jones leading the team with four aces each. Anderson and Jones were followed by Kendall Vallancourt and Holley Richardson, who each posted two services aces in the victory. Shelby Sheets led the team in digs with 13. Southern Wesleyan posted five blocks with Vallancourt leading the team with three.
Set One Final: Southern Wesleyan 29, Clarke Atlanta 27
Set Two Final: Clarke Atlanta 25, Southern Wesleyan 23
Set Three Final: Southern Wesleyan 25, Clarke Atlanta 19
Set Four Final: Southern Wesleyan 25, Clarke Atlanta 14
Records: Southern Wesleyan (4-4), Clarke Atlanta (0-1)
How It Happened
The Warriors struck first on a kill by Kendall Vallancourt. The Panthers pushed ahead to lead 3-1. Southern Wesleyan rose back on kills by Olivia Johnson and a service ace by Holly Richardson to give the Warriors a 4-3 lead. Each time Clarke Atlanta fought back, Southern Wesleyan countered with kills by Paige O'Connor and Courtney Price to keep the Warriors in the mix. Southern Wesleyan took a 16-13 point lead. However Clarke Atlanta tied the set at sixteen before pulling ahead to regain the lead 17-16. A dig error on Clarke Atlanta allowed the Warriors to take a 21-16 point lead. A kill by Kendall Vallancourt gave the Warriors a 21-19. With set tied at 24,a kill by Olivia Johnson allowed the Warriors to pull ahead 25-24. However, Clarke Atlanta countered to tie the set at 25 and then pull ahead to take a 26-25 point lead. However, Southern Wesleyan pulled ahead to win the first set 29-27.
Clarke Atlanta struck first in the second set, but the Warriors countered to tie the set 1-1 on a kill by Olivia Johnson. Clarke Atlanta surged ahead to take a 6-3 point lead. A kill by Paige O'Connor to put the Warriors closer and make the set 7-4. A dig error by Clarke Atlanta brought the Warriors to 7-11 behind the Panthers. Olivia Johnson attacked the ball and then a setting error by the Panthers allowed the Warriors to come to 9-12 behind the Panthers. Southern Wesleyan fought back to tie the set at 12-12. The Warriors took the lead to 17-16. However, Clarke Atlanta gained ground to take a 23-21 point lead. Southern Wesleyan would not down quietly, as a kill by Paige O'Connor allowed the Warriors to tie the second set 23-23. Despite their late rally, Clarke Atlanta took the second set 25-23.
Southern Wesleyan attacked first to take a 1-0 lead. However, Clarke Atlanta surged ahead to take a 6-2 point lead. With the Panthers leading 13-10, the Warriors rallied to score a point to shorten the Clarke Atlanta lead. Annika Jones delivered a service ace to tie the set 14-14. The Warriors rallied back to take a 16-14 point lead on a kill by Olivia Johnson and an attack error by Panthers' Kia Thomas. With Kendal Vallancourt serving, an error by the Panthers allowed the Warriors to take an 18-16 point lead. A kill by Courtney Price gave the 22-17 point lead. Southern Wesleyan went on to win the third set 25-19 on an attack error by Clarke Atlanta.
Southern Wesleyan took the first point on an error by Clarke Atlanta and then lengthened their lead to 3-1 on kills by Kendall Vallancourt and Olivia Johnson. The Panthers fought back, but Warriors gained the upper hand to take a 7-6 lead on a kill by Paige O'Connor. Southern Wesleyan lengthen there lead to 12-7 and then a kill by Kendall Vallancourt gave the Warriors a 13-8 advantage. Kills by Davis Hendricks, Olivia Johnson and Courtney Price gave the Warriors a 19-10 point advantage. Clarke Atlanta fought back, but they could not rise above as the Warriors won the final set of the day 25-14.
The Warriors will continue in the Emmanuel Tournament this evening as they take on the Union Bulldogs at 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.