Franklin Springs, GA – Southern Wesleyan rises above the Union University Bulldogs in their final match in the Emmanuel Tournament in a 3-2 final.
Southern Wesleyan post 50 kills with Olivia Johnson leading the team with 19 kills. Paige O'Connor and Kendall Vallancourt; O'Connor posting 12 kills and Vallancourt posting 10. Annika Jones posted 42 of the Warriors 46 assists. Six Warriors posted a service ace in the victory. Katie Anderson and Annika Jones led the team in digs. Anderson posted 12 digs and Jones followed her with 10 digs. Courtney Price led the team with four of the eight blocks in the win.
Set One Final: Southern Wesleyan 23, Union 20
Set Two Final: Union 25, Southern Wesleyan 19
Set Three Final: Southern Wesleyan 25, Union 23
Set Four Final: Union 25, Southern Wesleyan 18
Set Five Final: Southern Wesleyan 15, Union 9
Records: Southern Wesleyan (5-4), Union (6-2)
Coach Reininga says...
"I'm so proud of the team! We had so many players step up this weekend at different times! I'm excited to start conference next week!"
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan struck first on a bad set by Union's Bre Carlton. The Warriors lengthened their lead to 2-0 on a kill by Olivia Johnson. Southern Wesleyan pushed ahead despite a rally by Union to take a 6-5 point lead on kills by Katie Anderson and Johnson. Union countered by tying the set at 9-9, but kills by Courtney Price and Paige O'Connor to give the Warriors a 14-11 point lead. Kills by Olivia Johnson and Kendall Vallancourt gave the Warriors a 23-17 point lead. And then an attack error and a block by Courtney Price gave Southern Wesleyan a 25-20 first set win.
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead on a kill by Kendall Vallancourt, however the Bulldogs countered to tie the match 1-1 on a kill by Christa Karns. Union pulled ahead to take a 6-2 point lead. Southern Wesleyan came to two points behind the Bulldogs on a kill by Paige O'Connor. Despite the Warriors fighting back with kills by Kendall Vallancourt and Olivia Johnson, Union won the second set 25-19.
Southern Wesleyan struck first on an attack error by the Bulldogs and a kill by Paige O'Connor to give the Warriors a 2-0 point lead. Union countered with three points on the board, but then the Warriors countered to take a 6-5 point lead on a kill by Kendall Vallancourt. Kills by Olivia Johnson and Courtney Price gave the Warriors an 11-10 point lead over the Bulldogs. Union pulled ahead to take a 15-14 point lead. The Warriors fought back with kills by Olivia Johnson and Kendall Vallancourt, and then pulled ahead on a bad set by Union's Rebecca Sexton to take a 22-21 point lead. Southern Wesleyan went on to win the third set on a kill by Paige O'Connor in a 25-23 final.
The Warriors struck first again in the fourth set of the evening, but the Bulldogs quickly countered to take a 7-3 lead. A kill by Olivia Johnson put the Warriors one point behind the Bulldogs and bring the score to 6-7. A kill by Courtney Price and an attack error allowed the Warriors to tie the Bulldogs. The Warriors countered each of the Bulldogs points, but Union won the fourth set 25-18 to force a fifth deciding set.
A kill by Paige O'Connor gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the final set of the day, and then a service ace by Anna Hughey allowed the Warriors to take their lead to 3-0. The Warriors charged ahead with head of kills by O'Connor, Kendall Vallancourt and Olivia Johnson and a service ace by Annika Jones to give the Warriors a 10-6 lead over the Bulldogs. Paige O'Connor and Kendall Vallancourt finalized the Warriors final set win with kills to give the Warriors a 15-9 point lead to win the match.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Gaffney, South Carolina on September 12 to play their first Conference Carolinas match against the Limestone Saints at 7 p.m. The Warriors will then play their home opener at Southern Wesleyan on September 15 against the Lees-McRae Bobcats at 7 p.m.