Volleyball Preview (10/3-10/9)
Ashleigh Gideon - 10
B: 4 Players (#4, #12, #17, #7 - 1)
D: Alyssa Swatek - 9
SA: 2 Players (#5, #7 - 3)
Danielle Simpson - 6
B: Megan Smith - 1
D: Siarra Cates - 8
SA: Siarra Cates - 1
|La Verne (12-7)||25||25||25||3|
Morgan Hooks - 6
B: 2 Players (#9, #14 - 1)
D: Siarra Cates - 15
Randi Taylor-Toomay - 13
B: Kayla Cribbs - 5
D: Morgan Donohue - 16
SA: 6 Players (#4, #8, #10, #11, #13, #21 - 1)
|TEAM STATISTICS||Greensboro||La Verne|
Danielle Simpson - 10
B: 2 Players (#7, #10 - 1)
D: Siarra Cates - 11
SA: 2 Players (#10, #11 - 1)
Laura Kopald - 8
B: Malikah French - 3
D: Taylor Phillips - 17
SA: Kaci Chriscoe - 2
|UC Santa Cruz ()||25||25||25||3|
|Greensboro||UC Santa Cruz|
2 Players (#10, #13 - 5)
B: Katie Sylvia - 1
D: Dallas Hasty - 12
SA: 3 Players (#3, #14, #11 - 1)
Katherine Grow - 12
B: 2 Players (#16, #17 - 1)
D: Jenna Godinez - 12
SA: Katherine Grow - 4
|TEAM STATISTICS||Greensboro||UC Santa Cruz|
SIALARIS,ALYSSA - 13
B: VALDIVIESO,MALIA - 4
D: ACOSTA,ALYSSA - 20
SA: 4 Players (#11, #27, #15, #21 - 1)
Morgan Hooks - 11
B: 2 Players (#3, #7 - 1)
D: Siarra Cates - 16
SA: Dana Sandknop - 2
The Pride have a heavy slate of games this week, including a showdown with cross-town rival Guilford College and four games being hosted in La Verne, California. Greensboro will try to build off a strong win over conference foe Ferrum last Saturday as they look ahead to five non-conference games.
October 4th at Guilford (7:00 p.m.)-The Pride will travel across town to take on the Guilford Quakers for the second time this season, looking to claim some revenge after falling 3-2 at the Greensboro Invitational.
This year's first match-up in the rivalry was a long, bitter test that stretched nearly two hours. The Pride jumped out to an early lead, taking the first set 25-22, before Guilford exploded in the second set to draw even with a 25-9 victory. Greensboro took the third set 33-30 in an intense back-and-forth battle, but Guilford once again drew even with a 25-22 fourth set win. The Quakers took the final set as well, 15-10, to seal the first victory at the Greensboro Invitational.
Three different players recorded double-digit kills for the Quakers in the game, with Emma Gunn leading with 19. Three other players tallied double-digit digs, led by Taylor Whitley, who also had a team high 51 assists.
The Pride relied heavily on Liz Widenhouse for their kills the first time around, but will have to find other ways to score, as the freshman is questionable for Tuesday's game. Greensboro will look to the more balanced attack they have had in recent games in the hope to have success against the Quakers. Sophomore Dana Sandknop paced The Pride in the match with 38 assists and four players, including Sandknop, recorded double-digit digs.
The Pride currently hold a narrow 31-27 margin over the Quakers in their rivalry.
October 7th-8th at La Verne Tournament-The Pride will play four games at the La Verne Tournament in California over Fall Break against four teams Greensboro has never faced before in volleyball action. Greensboro will open play on Friday at 4:00 p.m. against the Whittier College Poets. The Poets are struggling this season, posting a record of 3-12, 1-3 in the SCIAC and have lost three in a row.
The Poets are led by outside hitters Alyssa Sialaris and Alayna Rigo, who have recorded 247 and 212 kills respectively. Senior setter Alessandra Rios leads the team in assists with 478 and the defensive responsibilities are shared equally with seven players tallying over 50 on the season.
The Pride's second game will match them against the hosting team, the La Verne University Leopards. La Verne is 8-7 on the season, 2-2 in SCIAC play and have lost two in a row. The Leopards will play Chapman in the first match of the tournament.
The Leopards have a statistically balanced attack and with six players recording 50 or more kills this season and three players tallying over 100 digs. Kendall Kraiss paces the attack with356 assists and has added 94 digs.
The Pride's first match-up Saturday will be against UC Santa Cruz. The Banana Slugs have posted a 7-7 record this season and have not lost a match in straight sets.
Santa Cruz's attack is led by Katherine Grow with a team high 184 kills on 492 attacks and 24 kills. Alyssa Trakes paces the attack with 385 assists. Defensively, the Banana Slugs look no farther than Jessica Peng, who has a stunning 213 digs on the season, while five different players have tallied double-digit blocks.
The Pride's final game of the tournament will match them against the Chapman Panthers. Chapman has the strongest resume of all the schools at the tournament, posting a record of 12-6 through 18 games.
The Panther's attack is led by junior Kate Ferrin with 244 kills, while sophomore Corrine Ostrovsky has tallied 657 assists. Ostrovsky is also third on the team with 16 service aces. Defensively, Ferrin leads the team with 20 blocks and five players have recorded over 100 digs, including senior Alyssa Swatek with 392.
The Pride statistical leaders through 20 games are: Liz Widenhouse (233 kills), Dana Sandknop (512 assists, 28 serving aces), Danielle Simpson (316 digs), Kate Syvia (26 blocks), Morgan Hooks (28 serving aces).