Huntsville, AL – Southern Wesleyan dropped its final matches of the Charger Classic on Saturday. They fell to the Missouri S&T Miners in a 3-0 final before falling to the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 3-0.
The Warriors posted 22 kills in the loss against the Missouri S&T Miners on Saturday afternoon. Olivia Johnson and Johanna Philyaw led the team with six kills apiece. Darby Sheets followed with four. Kali Letcher contributed 10 out of the 20 assists. Anna Martin led the team with 14 digs and Johnson followed with eleven. The Warriors picked up two aces and four team blocks.
Southern Wesleyan showed their strengths in defense, picking up 43 digs against the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. Anna Martin led the team with 10 digs, followed by Kali Letcher with nine. On the offensive side of things, Olivia Johnson led the team with nine kills out of the Warriors combined twenty. Katlyn Von Ins contributed two service aces and Letcher posted a team-high of nine assists.
Match One Final: Missouri S&T 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Match Two Final: Alabama-Huntsville 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (0-8) Missouri S&T (7-1) Alabama-Huntsville (7-1)
How It Happened
SWU vs Missouri S&T
The Miners struck first in set one and gave the Warriors their first point off of a missed serve. Missouri S&T took an early lead and the Warriors fought to tie it up at 8-8 after a kill from Olivia Johnson and a Miners hitting error. The Warriors gained the lead momentarily at 10-9 with another kill from Johnson, but the Miners quickly took control. Southern Wesleyan chipped at the Miners lead for the remainder of the first set with a kill from Johanna Philyaw and a block from Darby Sheets. However, Missouri S&T closed set one with a 25-16 win.
In set two, the Warriors took a quick 3-1 lead before a kill from the Miners turned the lead over. Once the Miners gained the lead, they pressed forward and increased the lead off of agressive attacks and SWU errors. The Warriors played chase the rest of the set to try and close the gap. A late ace for Philyaw showed promise for the Warriors come-back, but the Miners continued to out-power them. The Miners won set two 25-17.
After the Miners scored first in set three, a kill from Ashlyn Holford got the Warriors going. Not giving up, the Warriors fought back and forth with Missouri S&T to gain the momentum. The Warriors led 6-5 before a kill from the middle put the Miners back on top at 8-6. Southern Wesleyan called an early time-out and answered with a kill from Sheets to cut the Miners lead to 14-7. Despite a service ace from Katlyn Von Ins and a kill from Johnson, the Miners sealed the match with a 25-11 set three victory.
SWU vs Alabama-Huntsville
The Chargers struck first in the competition with a service ace before the Warriors could respond with a kill from Olivia Johnson. The Warriors took an early 5-2 lead and maintained the lead off of an ace from Anna Martin and kills from Johanna Philyaw and Johnson. The score was tied 8-8 and the Warriors still managed to push their lead. The Chargers called a time-out with the Warriors leading 12-9. The Warriors kept the lead while the Chargers fought to catch up. However, a string of SWU errors late in the first set allowed Alabama-Huntsville to win 25-18.
Johnson answered first in set two with two kills through the outside. The Warriors led early 4-2 before a 4-0 run caught the Chargers up. A service ace from Jesse Soles tied it up 6-6, but SWU allowed the Chargers to make runs and increase their lead. This led to a game of chase for the Warriors as the Chargers made a big 7-0 run at the end to go on and win set two 25-11.
Again in set three, Johnson attacked first to put the Warriors ahead early. Both teams battled back and forth with no team having control of the set for most of the first half. The Warriors pulled within one after a kill from Johnson and two Chargers errors. Strings of points hurt the Warriors again in set three. Late kills from Amber Bass weren't enough to make up for the unforced errors before the Chargers could close the match with a set three 25-15 win.
Southern Wesleyan will compete in the LaGrange College Invitational on September 20 and 21. The Warriors will face Lawson at 2 p.m. and LaGrange at 6 p.m. on September 20 and will take on Southern Union at 9 a.m. and Wallace at 11 a.m. on September 21.