Saturday, September 14, 2013

by Paul Horner

AUGUSTA, GA - The Pfeiffer University women's volleyball team (0-6) gave up a pair of hard-fought matches at the GRU Augusta Tri-Match.  The Lady Falcons lost in three games to an impressive Montevallo team and then dropped their second match of the day to the host Jaguars, 3-1.

In the opening match of the day, Pfeiffer dropped three straight games to Montevallo, losing 21-25, 14-25, and 15-25.  The Lady Falcons struggled to overcome a bevy of hitting errors for the second straight weekend, putting up 17 total errors and posting a .116 hitting percentage.  Montevallo hit .360 as a unit also besting Pfeiffer on the defensive side of the ball registering 55 team digs to Pfeiffer's 38 for the match.  Montevallo's Manyi Ati led all players with 11 kills, while Pfeiffer's Milana Mervosh put up nine total in the effort.

The second match of the day started quite a bit different for the Lady Falcons.  Matched up against the host team Georgia Regents University Augusta, Pfeiffer jumped out to an early and convincing lead in the first game behind a strong offensive performance by Mervosh.  After taking the lead, the Lady Falcons never looked back, topping the home team 25-19 in game one.  Mervosh led all Pfeiffer players in the second match with eight total kills.  Pfeiffer put up a strong defensive effort, grinding out 54 digs and eight total team blocks for the match.  The Lady Falcons were led in the dig column by Haley Denny with 18, and saw a strong effort from Kelsey Blauser who put up four solo blocks.  The Lady Falcons would eventually lose their momentum midway through game two and succumb to the home team, dropping the final three games to the Jaguars 17-25, 17-25, and 25-27.

The Lady Falcons have little time for a break when they return to action tomorrow for two back-to-back matches in Pembroke, NC.  Pfeiffer battles the host team UNC Pembroke at 2 p.m. and then Flagler at 4 p.m.