Central, S.C. - Southern Wesleyan fell to the Emmanuel College Lions on Friday evening in a 3-0 final.
The Warriors had 24 kills with Olivia Johnson leading the team with ten. Kali Letcher contributed 12 assists, followed by Darby Sheets with ten. The team posted 35 digs in the loss with Jesse Soles claiming 12 of them. Six blocks came from the Warriors at the net, with three of them being solo blocks. Southern Wesleyan had a .083 overall hitting percentage on the night.
Final: Emmanuel 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-13 / CC 0-4) Emmanuel (6-8 / CC 2-1)
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan came out firing in the first set with kills from Darby Sheets to take an early 3-0 lead. The Lions responded with three of their own points to tie the game. Emmanuel gained the momentum to make runs of four points with the Warriors only chipping in two points at a time. The Lions led at 7-5 while the Warriors answered with a kill from Hadley Smith before another Lions run increased their lead to 10-7. Aside from a service error, Emmanuel also made a run to lead 14-8. A late kill from Olivia Johnson threatened, but the Lions would go on to win set one 25-12.
The Lions started off set two strong from the service line to limit the Warriors opportunities to strike. Ashlyn Holford and Johnson cut the Lions lead to 7-6. With additional kills from Johnson, the Warriors took their first lead of the set at 13-10. Between the home crowd and the grit shown from the Warriors, the Lions fell behind from unforced errors. At this point Southern Wesleyan held onto an 18-14 lead. A Lions kill from Jessica Gray tied the game at 18-18, but a kill from Amber Bass put the Warriors back on top at 22-20. Late errors from the Warriors cost them set two as they fell 25-22.
In set three, the Warriors held onto the first lead. A string of points put the Lions ahead 4-2 before a kill from Johnson cut the lead to 4-3. Emmanuel pushed their lead but the Warriors remained right on their heels. Southern Wesleyan pulled within three with a kill from Zharia Harris and again with a kill from Holford to trail only 11-14. Emmanuel errors allowed the Warriors to remain right there with them, but the Lions offense prevailed. Despite a late kill from Johnson, the Lions closed the match with a 25-19 set three victory.
Southern Wesleyan will travel to Due West, S.C. to take on the Erskine Flying Fleet on October 5 at 2 p.m. The Warriors will then return to Central, S.C. for the match against the Limestone Saints on October 11 at 7 p.m. and remain at home to host the Converse Valkyries on October 12 at 2 p.m.