NEWBERRY – The Newberry College volleyball team (16-10, 13-5 SAC) set a new school record for most South Atlantic Conference wins in a season after sweeping Lenoir-Rhyne (7-16, 5-11 SAC) 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-18) Saturday afternoon at Eleazer Arena.
Logan Hayward posted a double-double of 14 kills and 20 digs. Madison Darby-McClure and Sidra Triplett notched eight kills apiece. Maggie Marsh dished out 33 assists and Kensley Jordan collected 23 digs.
In the first set, Newberry ran out to a 7-3 lead. Lenoir-Rhyne pulled within 13-10 but Newberry controlled the rest of the set to win, 25-19.
The Bears had a slim 10-8 lead in the beginning of the second set. Newberry continued to chip away at the Lenoir-Rhyne lead and tied the set at 22-22. The Wolves pulled ahead 24-23 and Hayward notched the kill to give Newberry the 25-23 set two victory. Newberry hit a match-best .229 in the set.
After the third set was tied at 4-4, Newberry went on a 6-1 run to lead 10-5. The Wolves once again controlled the remainder of the set as Hayward recorded the final kill to win the final frame, 25-18.
Emily Steele had seven kills for the Bears. Kathryn Sizemore collected 20 assists and Jillian Born recorded 16 digs.
Newberry will travel to Mars Hill (6-18, 5-12 SAC) next Friday. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
On Friday, the volleyball team moved its winning streak to six games after sweeping Brevard (5-19, 4-13 SAC) 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-17) at Eleazer Arena.
Logan Hayward and Alexis Bryant recorded nine kills apiece for Newberry. Madison Darby-McClure and Toni-Anne Whitlow each tallied eight kills. Maggie Marsh dished out 31 assists and Kensley Jordan recorded 13 digs. Newberry as a team had a .327 hitting percentage.
Brevard went ahead early with a 6-3 lead in the first set. Newberry rallied to tie the set at 7-7 and once again at 11-11. The Wolves used a massive 14-3 run to win the set, 25-14. Newberry was aided by six Brevard errors in the set.
Newberry jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the second set. Brevard tied the set at 7-7 and pulled ahead to lead 13-11. The Tornados continued to lead before the Wolves tied the frame at 23-23 after Darby-McClure’s kill. Darby-McClure then tallied the final two kills for Newberry to win the set, 25-23.
Newberry ran out to a 10-5 lead in the third set. Brevard never threatened in the final frame as Newberry swept the Tornados after winning the final set, 25-17. The Wolves hit a match-best .417 in the set as they totaled 17 kills and only recorded two errors in the frame.
Callie Chappell recorded 10 kills for Brevard. Erin Barr tallied 26 assists and 10 digs.
This release was provided by Newberry College.