Due West, S.C. - Southern Wesleyan falls to the Erskine Flying Fleet in a 3-0 final on Saturday afternoon.
As a team, the Warriors collected 27 kills in the loss. Olivia Johnson led with nine, followed by Amber Bass with six. Kali Letcher contributed 11 assists to the team's 23 total, while two Warriors collected two service aces each. The Warriors only hit .144 on the day, but the defense was able to produce 41 digs, led by Anna Martin and Letcher with 11 apiece.
Final: Erskine 0, Southern Wesleyan 3
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-14 / CC 0-5) Erskine (7-12 / CC 2-2)
How It Happened
The Warriors struck first in the contest on Saturday afternoon with an ace from Kali Letcher. The Flying Fleet responded with three unanswered points to take the lead. Four more unanswered points increased the Fleet's lead to 7-2. Two kills from Olivia Johnson provided momentum for the Warriors as they slowly closed the gap with an added kill from Katlyn Von Ins and a service ace from Jesse Soles to tie it at 9-9. A strong serving performance from Ashlyn Holford propelled the Warriors to a 18-16 lead. Tied again at 22-22, neither team controlled the possession towards the end of the set with both teams collecting five kills each. Errors from the Warriors would allow Erskine to win set one 25-23.
A Fleet error gave the Warriors the first point of the second set. The Fleet took advantage of their possession and gained the lead with a kill from Katy Torgerson. The Warriors fell behind 13-5 after a run of errors and strong offensive performances. Southern Wesleyan attempted to cut the lead with kills from Holford and Johnson to trail on 16-13. Erskine pulled together five kills before the Warriors could score a string of four points. Unfortunately, the string of points was not enough as the Fleet won set two 25-19.
Erskine scored the first point in the third set on a kill from Torgerson. Both teams rallied and fought for control of the game. A kill from Darby Sheets put the Warriors up 11-10. The Warriors extended their lead to 16-13 on kills from Amber Bass and Johnson. The Fleet put together a strong presence at the net with several kills and limiting the Warriors opportunities to strike. Despite late errors from the Fleet, they were able to seal the set and the match with a 25-22 win.
Southern Wesleyan will host the Limestone Saints on October 11 at 7 p.m. They will remain at home on October 12 as the Converse Valkyries come to town at 2 p.m.