Central, S.C. - Southern Wesleyan fell to the Bob Jones Bruins in a 3-0 final Monday evening.
The Warriors collected 29 kills in the non-conference loss to the Bruins. Olivia Johnson led the team with nine kills, followed by Darby Sheets with eight. Sheets also posted 12 assists with Kali Letcher matching her number. On the defensive side of things, 47 digs were made with Anna Martin boasting 14 of them. Jesse Soles followed Martin with ten. Martin had the lone ace for the Warriors.
Final: Bob Jones 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-11) Bob Jones (17-3)
How It Happened
The Bruins struck first in the contest on Monday evening with a kill from Laura Gaston. Kills from Darby Sheets tied the score at 3-3 before the Bruins could make a 5-0 run. Amber Bass responded with a kill from the middle to cut the lead to 13-10. The Warriors made their own 5-0 run to take their first lead of the match 15-14 after kills from Sheets and Bob Jones errors. Six unanswered points put the Bruins back on top with Ashlyn Holford contributing a kill to try and stop them. The Warriors were unable to re-gain the momentum and fell to the Bruins 25-17 in set one.
A service ace put the Bruins on the board first in set two. The Warriors received their first four points off of Bob Jones errors. Holford and Olivia Johnson contributed kills to cut the Bruins lead to 13-6. Southern Wesleyan errors dug a hole and the Warriors had to fight to climb out of it. Despite a late kill from Holford, the Bruins won set two 25-12.
The Warriors came out in set three with a new line-up in an attempt to get something going. Johnson put away the first point with the assist going to Kali Letcher. The Bruins made a quick run to take the lead, but the Warriors showed no sign of rolling over. Back-to-back kills from Bass put the Warriors within one, trailing 10-9. Five unanswered points for the Warriors forced a Bruins time-out as they led 16-13. Offensive errors from the Warriors allowed the Bruins to re-claim the lead. The energy in Historic Tysinger was enough to keep the Warriors fighting for every point. Late kills from Sheets threatened, but the Bruins were able to claim set three with a 25-23 win.
Southern Wesleyan will host the King Tornado to open Conference Carolinas play on October 1 at 7 p.m. The will remain at home on October 4 at 7 p.m. to play the Emmanuel College Lions before heading to Due West, S.C. to compete against the Erskine Flying Fleet on October 5.