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Lions Split in Opening Conference Weekend

Lions Split in Opening Conference Weekend

Emmanuel College Sports Information Department

The Emmanuel College Women's Volleyball team had their first conference win this weekend at the University of Mount Olive on Saturday afternoon after falling short to Barton College on Friday night.

The Lions opened up their conference games with a tough loss to Barton College in four sets (17-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-19). Rachel Tolleson recorded a double double with 12 kills and 11 digs. Erica Burnham put down 11 kills. And Sophie Windover had 10 digs. Libby Bradford and Becca Graham dished out 18 and 14 assists, respectively.

The team came out Saturday down by two sets to take the match in five. The Lions lost the first two sets (23-25, 21-25) before rallying back to win the next three (25-23, 25-16, 15-10). Sophie Windover led the defense recording 20 digs. Rachel Tolleson had 13 kills and 11 digs. Danielle Sweet put down 8 blocks and 6 kills, and Mercedes Pressley added 9 kills to the offensive effort. Libby Bradford had 25 assists.

"I can honestly say I couldn't be more proud of these girls. We fought hard Friday night against Barton, losing in 4. Our offense improved but we just couldn't get on page to pull out the match. We had a focused team meeting Saturday morning and the girls showed up ready to go against Mount Olive. Even though we went down 0-2, the girls had so much heart and hustle. They came together as a team, finishing a much needed 5 set match against a good team. What made the biggest difference was our roster depth and having different players step up when they were called upon. The girls know now that they are ready to compete in this conference. Today was a proud coaching moment for me and a big step for our program" adds Coach Allen, Head Women's Volleyball.

The girls travel to Clark Atlanta on Tuesday to take on theLady Panthers before their home series this weekend.