Carson-Newman Volleyball Comes From Behind To Defeat Newberry, 3-1, Saturday At Holt Fieldhouse
Jefferson City, Tenn. - Carson-Newman College (7-5, 1-1 SAC)
took advantage of 15.5 blocks Saturday as it defeated visiting
Newberry College (9-7, 1-2 SAC) by a 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-16,
31-29) score in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action
Saturday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse. Three players recorded at
least seven blocks in the match for the Lady Eagles.
"Heart and desire truly are the words to express how our team finished the match today. Newberry pressed us today with their aggressive serving, we really had to focus on stopping their runs," said Head Coach Shannon Mincey after the match. "Stephanie Cutter our setter was fun to watch, she played with a lot of charisma and gave our hitters the confidence they needed to finish in tight situations. Jessica Schachleiter came off the bench for us and hit an almost errorless match (12-1-23), which we needed from her today."
Newberry jumped out to a 1-0 lead after winning the first set, 25-21, behind five kills from Fernanda Frey (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL).
The Lady Eagles answered back in the second frame to tie the match at one set apiece after jumping out to a 5-1 lead. C-N also had a stretch where it scored seven of eight points as senior middle Katie Troyer (Plain City, Ohio) recorded four kills in the set. Freshman libero Angelle Hayes (Brentwood, Tenn.) tallied nine of her match-high 27 digs in the second set as well.
Carson-Newman took a 2-1 lead after the third stanza as it out-hit the scarlet-and-gray by 300 points (.360 to .059). The Lady Eagles totaled 12 kills on 25 attempts with just 3 miscues. Senior outside hitter Jessica Schachleiter (Cincinnati, Ohio) converted four of her five attacks for kills for C-N in the set as the Lady Eagles gained momentum in the match with a 25-16 victory.
The fourth and deciding set would go down to the wire and require extra play before Carson-Newman came away with the 31-29 victory to clinch the contest. The Lady Eagles turned on the block, stuffing nine Newberry attacks in the set, a season-high for an individual frame.
Down 24-22 and a fifth set looming, Carson-Newman scored two straight points to tie the match at 24. The next 12 points featured five ties before the Lady Eagles were able to pull away for the win.
Sophomore right side hitter Nikki James (Cookeville, Tenn.) and freshman middle Jasmine Clarke (Pelham, Ala.) each tallied five of their eight blocks in the set for C-N while Troyer picked up four of her own. Schachleiter and Clarke each had four kills as well in the stanza.
"Nikki (James) and Jasmine (Clarke) were both spark plugs for our offense and defense collecting eight blocks each," added Mincey. "Although Katie (Troyer) didn't have the offensive match she probably would've liked, she certainly made up for it in her court presence and desire. Newberry stayed on her most of the match, however she continued to drive up and pull blockers and that gave our other hitters opportunities to score."
James and Schachleiter paced the Lady Eagles offensively with 12 kills apiece while senior setter Stephanie Cutter (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) led all players with 45 assists.
Newberry was led by Frey with 15 kills on 45 attempts. She also recorded 11 digs to be one of three Newberry players to tally double-doubles on the day. Brianna Blakely (Houston, Texas) notched team-highs in both assists and digs with 20 and 14, respectively.
"Everyone contributed to our win today, even those who didn't get to play, through the tough practices we have had this week," concluded Mincey. "(The players) have pushed each other this week and have had good team talks about holding each other accountable and working for our points."
Carson-Newman will remain at home for the next two matches and will face SAC-rival Tusculum College on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m., in historic Holt Fieldhouse.
- Joe Matthews, C-N Sports Information