The Greensboro volleyball team came up short against Emory & Henry 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 29-31, 18-25) and Southern Virginia 3-2 (17-25, 14-25, 25-23, 25-21, 11-15) on the opening day of the 2011 season on Friday. Friday's matches marked the first of a two-day, four match tournament hosted by Averett.
The Pride opened the season against Emory & Henry at noon with a 3-1 defeat. Greensboro rolled out of the gate with a 25-20 victory in set one. Emory & Henry evened the score at 1-1 with a 25-21 win in set two. Set three featured a back-and-forth battle with The Pride coming up on the short end of a 31-29 outcome. Emory & Henry channeled the momentum to finish off the match in the fourth set with a 25-18.
Leading the offensive attack for Greensboro was Liz Widenhouse (pictured) with 14 kills while Dallas Hasty chipped in with eight. Dana Sandknop helped set things up with 30 assists for the match. Defensively, Danielle Simpson finished with a match high 15 digs.
The Pride looked to bounce back against Southern Virginia in the late match but was dealt a hard fought 3-2 setback. Greensboro found themselves in a 2-0 hole early after falling 25-17 and 25-14. The Pride would not back down though, rallying to even the match with victories of 25-23 and 25-21. Greensboro could not complete the comeback, however, dropping the deciding set by a count of 15-11.
Widenhouse again paced The Pride offense with 22 of the team's 42 kills. She also recorded a team high four service aces. Finishing the match with 33 assists was Sandknop while Simpson posted 20 digs on defense. Hasty, meanwhile, led the charge in the middle with four block assists.
Greensboro will wrap-up the weekend at Averett on Saturday against Washington & Lee at 10 a.m. and Roanoke at 2 p.m.