Bluefield, WV: On Saturday, October 5th, the Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles volleyball team journeyed to Bluefield to battle NCAA DII Bluefield State as well as USCAA opponent Johnson and Wales.
ALC led from start to finish in a dominant performance. In the first set, the visitors jumped out to an early lead and held off the Big Blues to win 25-17. The Eagles looked impressive in set 2 as they roared out to a quick cushion on their way to the 25-7 decision. In the third set, Alice Lloyd was determined to sweep the match as they raced out to a huge lead and won going away, 25-13.
On the day for the victors, Samantha Sturgill led the squad with 20 assists. Lindsey Perkins topped in kills with 8 and was followed by Sturgill, Reiley McCoy, and Callie Richardson with 4 apiece. Haley Smith and AJ Riley paved the way in digs with 15 and 11 while Jenni Droke chipped in with 8. Sturgill (7) and Kenzie Slone (6) each contributed to the output. Hannah Gay had 2 aces to lead in that department.
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The two squads displayed a solid effort as both refused to back down. Unfortunately, in the end, the 14-4 Wildcats would come back at the end of each game to win a nail biter.
In set 1, ALC led 20-18 before JW would respond. They kept battling the entire way and eventually would find a way to win, 25-22. In a tight set 2, Alice Lloyd would hold a slim 20-19 lead down the stretch. Unfortunately, once more, Johnson would close late with a 7-4 burst to pull out a 26-24 decision. The third set was a dogfight as the Lady Eagles needed the game to force a 4th set and they led 20-19. Unfortunately, JW would end the night on a 6-2 run to earn the contest (25-22), and the match.
On the day for the victors, Samantha Sturgill led with 29 big assists and Jasmin Hamilton paved the way with 11 kills. Callie Richardson added 6 of her own while Lindsey Perkins and Reiley McCoy both had 5.
Adrianna Riley had 31 huge digs and Haley Smith chipped in with 21 of her own. Jenni Droke contributed 15 more. Sturgill paced the squad with 3 aces.