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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG fell to Coastal Carolina, 3-1, in its first match of the day and then fell to East Tennessee State by the same score in the nightcap on the first day of the UNCG Invitational on Friday in Fleming Gymnasium.
The Spartans fell to 0-2 on the season, while Coastal Carolina improved to 1-1 and East Tennessee State ended the day 2-0.
Ariel Newman led the Spartans with 23 kills on the day, including posting a double-double of 14 kills and 13 digs in the first match. Karrian Chambers also had a double-double in the first match with 12 kills and 15 digs.
Against Coastal Carolina, Ari Lysacek had 10 kills, 19 assists and hit .600 for the match. Newman also added nine kills, while freshman Holland Hoefnagel had eight kills and hit .412 in her first collegiate match.
In the first match, UNCG came out and took the opening set from Coastal Carolina, 25-20. The Chanticleers were able to tie the match at one heading into intermission by winning the second set, 25-22.
Coastal Carolina took the 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-19 lead in the third set. In the fourth set, UNCG had a pair of set points, but wasn't able to close it out and the Chanticleers took advantage by winning the set, 27-25, to win the match.
In the final match of the evening, East Tennessee State came storming out of the gates it ran out to a 6-0 lead, which forced UNCG to burn a timeout. After an attack error by the Bucs, UNCG cut the lead down to 14-10, but the Spartan were never able to get closer as they dropped the set, 25-17.
In the second set, the Spartans came right back to tie the match at one apiece. UNCG held a narrow 11-9 lead midway through the set before taking a 17-12 lead on a kill by Lysacek.
The Bucs would answer, however, and cut the Spartan lead down to 18-16. After a UNCG timeout, the Spartans went on a 7-1 run to win the set, 25-17 and knot the match at one at intermission.
The third set began eerily similar as the first set as the Bucs raced out to a 6-0 lead. This time the Spartans had an answer as they went on a 7-1 run to cut the deficit down to one at 8-7.
East Tennessee State would use a 6-1 run later in the set to take an 18-12 lead as they won the set, 25-22, on a kill by Megan Devine.
The fourth and final set was another close one as the Bucs pulled out the set, 25-21, to win the match.
The Spartans will wrap up the tournament on Saturday against North Carolina A&T at 3 p.m. and against Evansville at 7 p.m.
Coastal Carolina def. UNCG 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 27-25
Coastal Carolina (1-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Erika Lightsey 15-0-2; Lian Bernett 13-1-4; Meghan Laffin 11-0-1; Kindra Bailey 11-0-5; Katie Martin 4-0-4; Lauren Alejo 1-1-1; Jamie DiMaggio 0-1-0; Totals 55-3-9.0. (Assists) - Lauren Alejo 44. (Dig leaders) - Lian Bernett 14; Lindsay Gill 13; Erika Lightsey 13; Lauren Alejo 12
UNCG (0-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Ariel Newman 14-1-1; Karrian Chambers 12-2-2; Ari Lysacek 6-1-1; Vicky Harley 6-0-1; Morgan Freeman 4-0-6; Kelsey Sidney 3-0-2; Emily McMurtrey 1-0-2; Sarah Eldridge 0-1-0; Totals 46-5-8.0. (Assists) - Ari Lysacek 24; Emily McMurtrey 14. (Dig leaders) - Karrian Chambers 15; Kellie Orewiler 14; Ariel Newman 13; Ari Lysacek 8
Site: Greensboro, N.C. (Fleming Gymnasium)
Date: Aug 26, 2011 Attend: 386 Time: 1:47
Referees: Charlie Yang, Brian Jones
UNCG Invitational - Game 2
East Tennessee State def. UNCG 25-17, 17-25, 25-22, 25-21
East Tennessee State (1-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - DEVINE, Megan 22-1-3; BARBER, McKayla 10-0-1; STANCLIFF, Jamie 9-1-3; RICE, Ivey 6-3-1; HARDY, Meredith 4-0-3; WILLIAMS, Kayla 2-0-1; RUTLEDGE, Jamie 0-1-1; Totals 53-6-7.0. (Assists) - WILLIAMS, Kayla 30; RUTLEDGE, Jamie 14. (Dig leaders) - TAMBLYN, Kiley 17; MUEY, Katie 8
UNCG (0-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Ari Lysacek 10-1-0; Ariel Newman 9-1-0; Morgan Freeman 9-1-4; Holland Hoefnagel 8-0-4; Karrian Chambers 6-0-1; Vicky Harley 4-0-1; Kelsey Sidney 1-0-0; Sarah Eldridge 1-1-0; Kellie Orewiler 0-1-0; Totals 48-5-5.0. (Assists) - Sarah Eldridge 19; Ari Lysacek 19. (Dig leaders) - Kellie Orewiler 19; Ariel Newman 10; Sarah Eldridge 9; Holland Hoefnagel 8
Site: Greensboro, N.C. (Fleming Gymnasium)
Date: Aug 26, 2011 Attend: 218 Time: 1:44
Referees: Ronnie Mutter, Kevin Wendelboe
UNCG Invitational - Game 5
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