LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University volleyball team came up short over the weekend as they dropped all three of their matches, two to conference opponents and one to a non-conference foe.
The Knights lost their second conference game of the season on Friday evening as they fell in three sets to the Tennessee Wesleyan Lady Bulldogs.
TWC was able to outdo the Knights 25-17, 25-20 and 25-14 to improve to 5-7 overall and 2-2 in the league.
The Knights were led by freshman outside hitter Tessa Smith’s eight kills and four digs while senior blocker Kendelyn Wheaton had six kills along with three total blocks. Freshman libero Nora Darrhar led with 12 digs while sophomore setter Alexis Cordova assisted on 11 kills.
TWC was led by 11 kills from Hayli Raines to go along with their 44 total kills and eight blocks.
SAU’s next match was against conference powerhouse Bryan College on Saturday morning. Bryan showed the Knights how strong they were as they beat the Knights in 3 sets, 25-13, 25-14, and 25-10.
In this match SAU was led by Wheaton’s six kills and two blocks along with Smith’s five kills and nine digs. Senior right side hitter Ruka Akolade had four kills. Cordova and freshman setter Sullivan Owens combined for 16 assists in the loss as well. The Knights also served for two aces in the match.
Bryan, now 12-1 and 3-0 in the league, was led by their two main hitters in Kara Stamper and Chelsea Breaden as they combined for 26 kills while setter Taylor Fink had 32 assists.
In the Knights’ final match of the weekend they took on Emmanuel College (Ga.) who gave SAU their most competitive match. After the Knights dropped the first set 25-11, SAU came back to fight hard but fell in a tight second set 25-23. However, they would go on to win the third set 26-24 before losing the final set 25-18.
SAU was led by Wheaton again as she led both teams with 16 kills while freshman middle hitter Anne Patterson had nine kills. The Lady Knight setters had their biggest game this time as Cordova and Owens had 17 and 15 assists respectively. Darrhar led again with 18 digs while Smith had 14 digs and seven kills.
Emmanuel was led by three women in double figure kills on the day and 24 assists from their setter as they improved to 9-2 on the year.
The Knights will finally return home for an eight match homestand which begins tonight when they host Columbia College (3-6) at 6:30 p.m.