Volleyball Falls in Final Games of Opening Invitational

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

St. Augustine, FL - Southern Wesleyan falls to Flagler and Shorter on day two of the Flagler Invitational. The Warriors fell to the Saints 3-0 before falling to the Hawks 3-0.

The Warriors posted 20 kills against the Flagler Saints in the game one loss. Freshman Amber Bass led the team with seven kills followed by the returning junior Olivia Johnson with six. Hadley Smith collected a majority of the team's 18 assists with 10 of her own. Anna Martin led the Warriors with six digs and was followed by Katlyn Von Ins, Kaylyn Woods, and Kali Letcher with five digs apiece. The team had four blocks in game one.

Southern Wesleyan had 20 kills in the second game against the Shorter Hawks. Sarah Stone led the team with six kills and was followed by Olivia Johnson with five and Amber Bass with four. Hadley Smith collected 16 of the 17 assists. Katlyn Von Ins contributed eight digs to the overall team total of 29 digs and the Warriors posted eight blocks in the loss.

Match Vitals

Final Match One: Flagler 3, Southern Wesleyan 0

Final Match Two: Shorter 3, Southern Wesleyan 0

Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-4) Flagler (2-1) Shorter (3-1)

Coach Reininga Says...

"We played some tough competition and learned a lot about ourselves as a team. We have a couple of days to work on things before we head to another tough tournament next week in Alabama. I'm excited to see us get better each week!"

How It Happened

SWU vs Flagler

Set One

Amber Bass jumped out for the Warriors in the first set on Sunday with a kill followed by a block. Kills from Johanna Philyaw and Sarah Stone kept the Warriors neck and neck with the Saints at 6-6. However, the Saints made runs of four points and increased their lead while the Warriors tried to close the gap. A service ace from Kali Letcher put the Warriors within one at 14-15. Flagler attacked at the net to collect six attack points before Philyaw answered for the Warriors. The Saints went on to win the first set 25-16. 

Set Two

The Saints struck first in the second set and allowed the Warriors to earn their first four points on their errors. Olivia Johnson recorded the first kill for the Warriors to bring the score to 5-14. Despite kills from Bass and Philyaw, the Saints capitalized on their momentum to win set two 25-9.

Set Three

Flagler attacked first again in set three, but Katlyn Von Ins responded with a kill from the back row to put the Warriors on the board. Both teams battle back and forth, with kills from Bass, Stone, and Olivia Johnson to put them within six only trailing 18-12. The Warriors held the Saints at 24 for three rallies before the Saints could end the match and win 25-17. 

SWU vs Shorter

Set One

The Hawks collected the first three points of the match on Sunday evening before a kill from Amber Bass started the Warriors offensively. The Hawks responded with three kills and gained the momentum to take a 11-4 lead. The hard-hitting Hawks kept the Warriors quiet for a majority of the first set before winning 25-12.

Set Two

Both teams jumped out in the second set attempting to gain possession of the serve. Back and forth, the Warriors and Hawks battled to take the lead. A kill from Sarah Stone tied the score before kills from Katlyn Von Ins and Darby Sheets pushed the Warriors lead to 15-14. A Shorter time-out attempted to ice the Warriors but they kept fighting. Unfortunately a string of late errors allowed the Hawks to take set two 25-20.

Set Three

Olivia Johnson answered for the Warriors in the third set with an early kill that led to the Warriors tenacity to keep pushing. Kills from Stone and Bass kept the Warriors within five, trailing only 13-8. Johanna Philyaw and Johnson worked at the net late in the third set to contribute to the Warriors 17 points, but the Hawks were able to close the match and win the final set 25-17.

What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will travel to Huntsville, Alabama on September 13 and 14 to compete in the Alabama-Huntsville Invitational. They will play Mississippi College at 1 p.m. and Lynn at 5 p.m. on September 13 and they will play Missouri S&T at 3 p.m. and Alabame-Huntsville at 7 p.m. on September 14.