LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University volleyball team scored its first victory of the season Wednesday, defeating Shaw in five games.
The Knights welcomed the Bears to Laurinburg for the team’s home opener, and eked out a 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11 victory at Harris Court.
St. Andrews improved to 1-2 overall while the loss dropped Shaw to 1-2.
The Knights were defeated in five games in both of their contests to begin the year, including a road loss at Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Point, but broke through with a key win against a NCAA Division II program.
Tessa Smith paced St. Andrews with 19 kills and 13 digs. Angelica Arroyo and Lindsey Wagner also racked up double-digit kills, recording 12 and 10 respectively.
Jaden Lynch dished out 44 assists in the Knights’ victory and also tacked on seven digs, and Nora Darrhar led all players with 22 digs.
Four players tallied double-digit kills for the Bears — Kelly Murphy had 19, Keveesha Wattley added 15, and Deja Simpson and Morghan Robinson finished with 11.
Michelle Olmeda led all players with 54 assists, and she also had seven digs in the loss.
St. Andrews returns to the court Friday to face AAC foe Union in Kentucky at 6:30 p.m.
SAU men and women’s soccer to host 1st game
LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University men’s and women’s soccer teams will finally have the opportunity to enjoy home-field advantage this weekend.
After starting the season on the road, both programs host their respective home openers Saturday.
The men’s team, which entered the season ranked No. 16 in the NAIA poll, is off to a rocky start under head coach Stevan Hernandez. The Knights were defeated by Florida Memorial 2-0 in the season opener on Aug. 27, then tied 2-2 with No. 21 Savannah College of Art and Design two days later.
St. Andrews (0-1-1) is in Greenville, South Carolina today to battle Bob Jones before playing Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Point this weekend.
The women’s team is also in Greenville this afternoon to play Bob Jones. The Knights, led by first-year coach Keith Wood, won their season opener, defeating Savannah College of Art and Design 1-0 in Georgia on Sept. 2.
St. Andrews (1-0) will also welcome Point to Laurinburg Saturday.
The women are set to take the pitch at noon, then the men’s game will follow at 2 p.m.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.