LaGrange, GA - Southern Wesleyan went 1-2 in exhibition play at the LaGrange College Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Match One Final: Lawson 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Match Two Final: Southern Wesleyan 3, Southern Union 0
Match Three Final: Wallace 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
How It Happened
SWU vs Lawson
The Warriors fell behind early in the match against Lawson on Friday afternoon. Darby Sheets led the Warriors offensively, posting nine kills. SWU threatened late in the first set after remaining neck and neck throughout a majority of set one. However, Lawson won set one 27-25. Southern Wesleyan struck first in the second set, but the Cougars gained the momentum to go on and win set two 25-21. The Cougars took an early 4-0 lead in set three and the Warriors fought to catch up for the remainder of the set. Despite a late time-out to try to break the momentum, the Cougars went on to win set three and close the match in a 25-20 final.
SWU vs Southern Union
Southern Wesleyan trailed early as the Bison took a quick lead in the first set on Saturday morning. The Warriors tied it at 13-13 and gained control of the set to go on win 25-21. In set two, the Warriors attacked first and showed dominance at the net and from the service line. Sheets provided an offensive outlet for the Warriors and Bison errors contributed to the Warriors set two 25-15 victory. Taking a 10-0 run to kick of the third set propelled SWU into a comfortable lead. Ashlyn Holford and Olivia Johnson aided Sheets in the Warriors success followed by floor coverage from libero, Anna Martin. The Warriors would go on to win set three and the match after a 25-21 win.
SWU vs Wallace
The Warriors fell to the Wallace Lions in a 3-0 final. SWU opened the match with a strong performance, but the Lions were able to out-perform the Warriors with a strong presence at the net, offensively and defensively. The second set was a tight game; neither team taking sole possession of the game. The Warriors took a small lead mid-way through the set, but a Wallace time-out allowed the Lions to break the Warriors momentum. The Lions won set two 25-22. Again in the third set, both teams battled for control of the match going back and forth. Tied at 17-17 led to a SWU time-out. The Warriors were unable to come back and the Lions won 25-18.
The Warriors will kick off Conference Carolinas play on the road at Barton on September 27 at 7 p.m. and then at Chowan on September 28 at 2 p.m. Southern Wesleyan will host their home opener on September 30 when they host the Bob Jones Bruins at 7 p.m.