GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG volleyball dropped the tournament finale to the Navy Midshipmen Saturday afternoon, 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-15) in Fleming Gymnasium. Ashley Muench (Hurdle Mills, N.C./Orange) was named to the all-tournament team after finishing the weekend with 38 kills in three matches, averaging 3.45 per set. Navy’s setter Patricia Mattingly joined Muench on the all-tournament team. To see the full all-tournament team, check Highpointpanthers.com or Elonphoenix.com following the conclusion of the High Point and Elon match tonight. UNCG falls to 7-5 on the season, with Navy improving to 10-3.
Freshman Holly Behrends (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) led the UNCG offense, earning 11 kills on 29 attacks. Megan Moran (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) added seven kills with Annchara Montgomery (Indianapolis, Ind./Illinois State) and Muench each tallied five.
Allison Penner (Aurora, Neb./Aurora) led the offense with 24 assists and added nine digs. Christina Gregory (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) led the Spartan defense with 21 digs. Anna Romaniszyn (Port Orange, Fla./Spruce Creek) added nine digs, with Muench chipping in eight.
The first set saw Navy take control early, taking a 12-6 lead forcing a UNCG timeout. After the timeout, Navy continued to add to its lead, going on a 4-1 run to go up 17-9. The Spartans cut the lead down to six following a Mattingly attack error, but UNCG could come no closer and dropped the set, 25-14.
In the second set, UNCG got out to an early lead, using a 5-0 run to take the lead at 9-4. Navy climbed back into the match, using a 6-1 run to tie it up at 10 each. The set would be tied at six other points, with the Midshipmen taking the lead following the tie at 20. UNCG tied the match up at 23 before Navy scored back-to-back kills to take the 2-0 lead headed into the intermission.
The third set was all Navy, as the Midshipmen took the lead at 6-5 and did not relinquish it. The Spartans trailed by as many as 10 at 17-7 before chipping away. UNCG got the lead down to seven at 19-12, but Navy would close the set out on an 8-3 run to claim the set and the match.
UNCG returns to the court Friday night in Johnson City, Tennessee as it takes on the opens the Southern Conference season against the league’s preseason favorite, ETSU at 6 p.m.