LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Panthers opened SLIAC play with a 3-2, 5th set victory over Webster University, but were outpaced 3-0 by host Spalding in the second match of Saturday’s double-dip.
In game one GC looked to freshman Nicole Schaeffer and junior Ansley DeVrieze to help clinch the closely contested conference duel 3-2. The two outside hitters hung 18 and 14 kills respectively on the Webster defense to help lead the Black & Orange to the 21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 16-14 win.
Sophomore Corrine Coon also contributed 18 kills of her own to assist in the offensive assault.
Defensively, DeVrieze showcased her versatility posting 26 digs to lead the team. At the net the Panther's efforts were headlined by sophomore Taylor Brunner who notched four block assits, while DeVrieze, Coon, and junior Tricia Gall each contributed three.
“It was a great win for us. We definitely made a statement early in the conference,” stated head coach Tom Ackerman. “Our outside attack was near perfect throughout the match.”
With little time to prepare, the women faced host Spalding in the second game of the day’s double-header. Greenville failed to match the Golden Eagle’s effort and were dropped 3-0 in straight sets.
In the 18-25, 20-25, 19-25 defeat the women were led by defensive specialist Haley Dodd who posted 11 digs. Offensively Schaeffer topped the team in kills with ten.
“We are disappointed with our performance versus Spalding, but we are anxious to play them at home.” Commented Ackerman. "We will definitely keep this match in the back of our minds and use it as fuel to get better."
Volleyball moves to 6-4 (SLIAC 1-1) after the weekend’s action, and will look to down Principia College in Elsah, Ill. on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.