- 23||Kills||Toni-Anne Whitlow
- 51||Assists||Taylor Garrison
- 2||Aces||Maggie Marsh
Natalie Willis - 2
- 28||Digs||Kensley Jordan
- 6||Blocks||Toni-Anne Whitlow
NEWBERRY - Newberry got the victory in their third conference matchup of the season defeating Lincoln Memorial 3-1 in four sets. The win marked the first time the Wolves had prevailed in a four-set game this season.
Coming off a five-set thriller against Carson-Newman Friday night, Newberry (6-3; 2-1 SAC) continued to show improvement in their ability to finish strong. A kill by Mary Siebert gave Newberry the 10-5 lead early in the final set before Lincoln Memorial (4-3; 1-3 SAC) tallied four straight points to force a timeout from the Wolves. Both teams proved evenly matched with a game-high 12 ties and six lead changes occurring in the fourth set.
The set looked hopeless with the Railsplitters leading 24-21, but a kill by Sidra Triplett and two straight attack errors from Lincoln Memorial tied the game 24-24. Newberry overcame the late rally to take the final set 26-24. The Wolves finished the set with one attack error compared to eight from Lincoln Memorial.
In the first set, the Wolves jumped to a quick 5-1 start, but Lincoln Memorial rallied to tie the game at 10 apiece. Two attack errors from Vanessa Blas gave the Railsplitters the 12-10 lead. Newberry struggled to recover and dropped the set 25-18.
Lincoln Memorial went on an 11-7 run to start the second set, but the Wolves showed resilience and a kill by Tricia Davie tied the game 16-16. Both teams fought for control with the lead changing twice before a kill from Alexis Bryant gave Newberry the 22-21 lead and forced a Railsplitters timeout. Back-to-back attack errors from Rylee Storms and Samantha Cash handed the Wolves the 25-22 win.
The third set started out similar to the second with Lincoln Memorial taking a 15-9 lead. A kill from Triplett late in the set narrowed the gap to two points and forced a Railsplitters timeout with a 23-21 score. A couple of attack errors by the opposing team and another kill by Triplett gave the Wolves the 25-23 win and 2-1 lead.
Toni-Anne Whitlow proved essential from the bench recording a team-high 15 kills and four block assists.
Mary Siebert had her second straight double-double with 11 kills and 15 digs. Newberry had four players tally double-digit digs in today's win.
"It was nice to see our offense step it up a little bit, and take some good steps toward finding their identity," said head coach Callie Youngman. "We struggled at times with our discipline in that system, but, again, this group willed their way to execution in key moments throughout the match and that trust in our systems came through."
Newberry will play their third straight home game on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. against Coker.