DUE WEST, S.C. - The Pfeiffer women's volleyball team (7-17, 4-8 CC) dropped the final two sets after taking a 2-1 lead, and fell to Erskine (8-13, 7-7) 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. Shelby Younger and Anna Vizvary led the Lady Falcon attack with 11 kills apiece, while Caitlin Bullock posted a game-high 21 kills for the Flying Fleet.
Pfeiffer had five players record eight or more kills on the afternoon, their most balanced attack of the season. Junior Kelly Lancellot and sophomore Brianna Jones had nine kills, while sophomore Kelsey Blauser finished with eight. Lancellot and Vizvary posted hitting percentages of .389 and .360 respectively. Setter Meghan Davis handed out 24 assists and Jones was one of four Lady Falcons to post double-digit digs, leading the team with 16. Blauser paced the defense with six total blocks and Lancellot added five as Pfeiffer had 19 total blocks in the contest, a season-high.
Pfeiffer got off to a great start in the first set, as Meghan Davis recorded back-to-back aces. Pfeiffer held a 24-19 lead before the Flying Fleet scored two straight. Jones ended any thoughts of a comeback with a monster kill to end set one, 25-21.
The Flying Fleet rebounded to take the second set, 25-19, but Davis started the third frame out with another ace. The Lady Falcons scored six of the first eight points in the set and pushed the lead to 14-9 before Erskine was forced to call a timeout. The lead was cut to 21-20 but Vizvary and Blauser wouldn't allow Pfeiffer to lose. Vizvary's kill pushed the advantage to 22-20 and then the duo combined for a block, getting the set to game point. It was Blauser who would end it with a kill to give Pfeiffer the 2-1 lead.
However, Erksine was resilient and took the final two sets by scores of 25-21 and 15-7. In the fifth, and final set, Erskine didn't have an error and recorded a .538 hitting percentage, as they saved their best performance for the decisive stanza.
For the match, Pfeiffer had a .147 hitting percentage and held a 67-59 lead in digs and 49-44 lead in assists. However, they couldn't overcome 29 attacking errors, as Erskine committed only 18. Davis and Lauren Carman finished with four aces each in the losing effort.
The match was the culmination of a long week for the Lady Falcons who played four matches in a five-day stretch, with the final two matches coming in a 17-hour span.
Pfeiffer is off until Tuesday evening, when they travel to Belmont Abbey for their final road match of the season. The Lady Falcons have six straight home matches to end the year.