The UVa-Wise volleyball team began their 2015 season where the team earned a pair of 3-0 sweeps Saturday at the Falcon Classic in Misenheimer, NC. They faced off against Johnson C. Smith, and Slippery Rock. UVa-Wise swept Johnson C. Smith 3-0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-16), giving them their first win of the season.
When facing Slippery Rock, they fell short 3-1, (25-16, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21). UVa-Wise jumped out to a 1-0 set lead after both teams struggled offensively in the first set. The Cavs hit only .033 as Johnson C. Smith hit .038 in the opening set.
Junior outside hitter Karley Allen led the Cavs with a set-high five kills and six digs in the first set, while sophomore outside hitter Samantha Edge scored a match-high three aces.
The second match was dominated by the Lady Cavs. They kept the Golden Bulls to a .462 attacking average, while the Lady Cavs put up a .667 attacking average.
Junior middle blocker Santana Bishop had two aces in the set as the Cavs used a balanced offensive attack. The Cavs hit .276 for the match with 35 kills and 30 assists. Karley Allen led the offense with a match-high 13 kills while making eight digs. Freshman setter Abbie Hardesty created a match-high 28 assists.
When facing off against Slippery Rock, UVa-Wise was unable to get its offense going as the Cavs hit .145 for the match. They recorded a total of 43 kills as a team. After losing two consecutive sets, Karley Allen led UVa-Wise in kills for the match with 14, followed by freshman outside hitter Ciara Kain with 12 and freshman middle blocked Amanda Auxier with eight in the third set.
Head coach Kristin Salyer said, “We started off slow in the first couple of sets, but were able to gain momentum and take that one. I think that is something to build on. We had them where we wanted them in the fourth set and made errors at crucial points.”
Kristin Salyer also said, “We know what we need to work on and will continue to do that every point. I think our leadership was great today and it is definitely promising for our future.”
This past week, the volleyball team competed against Brevard College, Slippery Rock, Shippensburg, Dave and Elkins and Bluefield State in a tournament in Elkins, WV. The Cavaliers were unable to record a win during this tournament, but will look to improve in their first home game of the season.
The volleyball team will compete against Milligan College in their home opener tomorrow, September 17, at 6:30 p.m.