LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University volleyball team looked to be on their way to their seventh win of the year before losing a six-point lead late in the fourth set to fall 29-27 and dropping the fifth set 15-12 Friday night in Laurinburg.
SAU won two of the first three sets by convincing margins 25-10 and 25-12, but could not seem to put away the Skyhawks in the latter two sets as Point took the second set by a 25-14 margin. Sophomore Sierra Barnedo also served well as she won 11 consecutive points on her serve in the first set and had three aces on the night.
The Knights were led by Kendelyn Wheaton’s 16 kills on 20 attempts, three blocks, and three aces. Anne Patterson also had an impressive perfect night of 15 kills on 15 attempts and two blocks. Setter Sullivan Owens led with 29 assists while Barnedo served very well throughout the match. Libero Ayanna Lindborg led with 23 digs as well. Junior hitter Taylor Clay also had a good night with nine kills and three blocks.
SAU then hosted Union College on Saturday but dropped the conference match in four sets to the Bulldogs.
Union (10-5, 4-2) took the first set 25-21 before St. Andrews rallied to win the second set 25-21. Union would then go on to win the next two sets 25-13 and 25-20. They were led by 20 kills from Paige Moore and 18 from Caity Merritt.
SAU was once again led by senior blocker Kendelyn Wheaton, who had 14 kills on 19 attempts. The freshmen trio of Tessa Smith, Anne Patterson and Nora Darrhar all finished with eight kills apiece. Patterson was almost perfect again as she was 8-for-9 as was Darrhar. SAU was 47 of 65 for a 44.6 hitting percentage on the day.
Sophomore Setter Alexis Cordova led with 28 assists while also contributing 12 defensive digs. Lindborg led with 28 digs as well.
Wheaton now leads the Knights in kills on the season with 138 while Cordova leads in assists with 230. Darrhar leads in digs with 168 while Clay leads in blocks with 43.
St. Andrews (6-11, 2-7) will have some time off before concluding their long home stand with a game versus conference leader Bryan College (18-1, 8-0) Saturday at 1 p.m.