September 9, 2011

Pride Volleyball Drops Two at Home Invitational

The Pride volleyball team came up on the short end of two home matches on Friday against Guilford and Piedmont.  The Pride lost to Guilford 3-2 (25-23, 9-25, 33-31, 22-25, 10-15) and Piedmont 3-1 (17-25, 15-25, 25-20, 16-25).

In the opening match against Guilford, Greensboro jumped out on top early with a 25-23 win.  The Pride came out slow to start the second set and were unable to rebound, falling 25-9. However, Greensboro seemed to get things back on track in an extended back and forth third set with their best hitting performance of the match at .288.  The 33-31 set victory gave The Pride a 2-1 match lead.

The Quakers battled back in the fourth set to pull out a 25-22 win and even the match at 2-2.  The fifth and final set also belonged to Guilford by a count of 15-10.

Greensboro had another strong performance from Dana Sandknop (pictured) with seven kills to go along with a team high thirty-eight assists for the match. Guilford was led by Taylor Whitley, who passed for a match high 51 assists in the contest.

Against Piedmont, The Pride fell into an early 2-0 hole after suffering 25-17 and 25-15 set losses.  Greensboro rebounded for a 25-20 win in set three to cut the match deficit to 2-1.  Piedmont closed out the match, however, in set four with a decisive 25-16 win.

Liz Widenhouse tallied a match high 20 kills while Morgan Hooks chipped in with ten for The Pride.  Sandknop added 29 assists while Danielle Simpson recorded a match leading 25 digs.

With the pair of losses, Greensboro falls to an overall record of 2-5 on the season.  Greensboro will be back in action on Saturday at home against Peace at 12 p.m. and Roanoke at 6 p.m.