GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro swept La Salle, 3-0, earlier in the afternoon before dispatching NC State, 3-2, in the final match of the UNCG Tournament on Saturday in Fleming Gymnasium. Junior Billie Baker was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts over the weekend.
The Spartans advanced to 6-7 on the season with the pair of wins. La Salle fell to 2-15 this year, while NC State is now 7-8.
"I was really proud of the way we played getting back-to-back wins today," said head coach Patrick Nicholas. "The biggest thing we have been talking about lately is sticking together as a team. We started well tonight, but what set tonight apart was we were able to finish strong and I was really proud of that. I was happy that our defense is at a high level right now and we are becoming more aggressive in our blocking."
Caley Redden, Catherine Hanners, Emily Lindborg and Kayren Finney each had double-digit kills in the match against NC State and four Spartans also had double-digit digs. Ari Lysacek had a match-high 53 assists in the match.
In the first set, the two sides were knotted at 18 late in the set before the Wolfpack rattled off the next five points en route to winning the set, 25-20.
The Spartans set the tone for the second set by jumping out to a 5-0 lead on a block by Baker and Finney. UNCG stretched its lead to 19-6 on a kill by Lindborg before she added another to cap off the set for the Spartans, 25-15.
The two squads once again found themselves trading points as they were tied at 15. UNCG was able to take a 23-19 lead late in the set, but the Wolfpack responded to take the next five points to have set-point. The Spartans fought off set-point and tied the match at 25 before winning the final two points on a kill by Finney and a service ace by Kayleigh Knerr to win the set, 27-25.
In the fourth set, the Spartans found themselves with double match-point, but the Wolfpack fought back to win the final four points in the set to set a decisive fifth and final set.
After dropping the first point in the fifth set, UNCG claimed the next seven points to take a commanding 7-1 lead. This time the Spartans were able to take care of match-point with a Lindborg kill to win the set, 15-9.
Luciana Shafer had a team-high 12 kills and Finney added nine kills in the first match. Redden had a match-high 13 digs and freshman Lysacek had 31 assists as well.
The Spartans took an 8-1 lead to start the first set against the Explorers on a kill by Redden. UNCG cruised to a 25-13 set win thanks to four kills in the set by Shafer.
UNCG led 17-7 midway through the set to find itself with a large lead once again. Shafer added another five kills in the second set and a Redden kill iced the set for the Spartans, 25-13.
The third set was a little closer as the Spartans led just 14-13 in the set, but was able to pull through and win the set, 25-18, to give UNCG the match.
The Spartans will now have a week off before returning to action next Saturday at Samford at 2 p.m. CST to kick off Southern Conference play.
UNC Greensboro def. La Salle: 25-13, 25-13, 25-18
La Salle (2-15) (Kills-aces-blocks) - STEMPER, Rachel 11-1-0; MILOVIC, Stephanie 4-0-0; SCANLON, Kelly 4-0-0; NOGA, Lauren 2-0-0; CONLON, Carly 1-0-0; CLARK, Kourtney 1-1-0; TULSKIE, Samantha 1-0-0; MERRICK, Emily 1-0-0; MAZALEWSKI, Breanna 0-1-0; Totals 25-3-0.0. (Assists) - . (Dig leaders) - TULSKIE, Samantha 11; STEMPER, Rachel 11; CLARK, Kourtney 8
UNC Greensboro (5-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Luciana Shafer 12-1-0; Kayren Finney 9-0-2; Caley Redden 6-1-0; Billi Baker 4-1-1; Alissa Beaudway 3-1-1; Ari Lysacek 1-1-1; Olivia Humphries 1-0-1; Catherine Hanners 0-1-0; Kayleigh Knerr 0-1-0; Totals 36-7-4.0. (Assists) - Ari Lysacek 31. (Dig leaders) - Caley Redden 13; Luciana Shafer 9; Kayleigh Knerr 8; Billi Baker 8
Site: Greensboro, N.C. (Fleming Gymnsaium)
Date: Sep 19, 2009 Attend: 213 Time: 1:10
Referees: Stephen Shepard, Michael Fulk
UNC Greensboro def. NC State: 20-25, 25-15, 27-25, 24-26, 15-9
NC State (7-8) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Keri DeMar 11-0-5; Alex Smith 8-0-2; Lisa Kretchman 8-0-7; Kelly Burns 5-1-4; Kelly Wood 5-1-1; Jana Angel 4-0-9; Isis Gardner 1-0-0; Taylor Pritchard 0-2-0; Totals 42-4-16.5. (Assists) - Kelly Burns 18; Alex Smith 14. (Dig leaders) - Lindsay Benac 21; Kelly Wood 21; Alex Smith 15; Kelly Burns 9; Taylor Pritchard 8
UNC Greensboro (6-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Caley Redden 13-0-5; Catherine Hanners 13-0-6; Emily Lindborg 11-0-7; Kayren Finney 10-0-6; Billi Baker 9-0-5; Ari Lysacek 3-3-2; Alissa Beaudway 3-0-2; Luciana Shafer 2-0-0; Kayleigh Knerr 0-1-0; Totals 64-4-19.0. (Assists) - Ari Lysacek 53. (Dig leaders) - Kayleigh Knerr 23; Catherine Hanners 20; Ari Lysacek 16; Billi Baker 12; Caley Redden 8
Site: Greensboro, N.C. (Fleming Gymnasium)
Date: Sep 19, 2009 Attend: 304 Time: 2:09
Referees: Ronnie Mutter, Stephen Shepard
Victoria Rezin, Georgetown - MVP
Ashley Malone - Georgetown
Vanessa Dorismond - Georgetown
Julie Hershkowitz, High Point
Molly Barlow, High Point
Billi Baker, UNC Greensboro
Lisa Kretchman, NC State
Rachel Stemper, La Salle
Most Oustanding Libero - Julie Hershkowitz
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