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GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG swept cross-town rival North Carolina A&T 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-17) in its first match of the day before falling to tournament champion Evansville 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-17) on the final day of the UNCG Invitational on Saturday.
The Spartans are now 1-3 after the first weekend of competition, while Evansville improved to 4-0 and North Carolina A&T dropped to 0-4.
In the first match of the day, Karrian Chambers led the Spartan attack as she recorded a match-high 10 kills, while Morgan Freeman added eight of her own. Andrea Evans and Jenea Daniels had six kills apiece for the Aggies.
Ariel Newman, Ari Lysacek and Chambers all had nine kills against Evansville to lead the team. Lysacek, who earned All-Tournament team honors, nearly had a triple-double as she also recorded 16 assists and eight digs. Emily McMurtrey had a double-double in the loss with 16 assists and 12 digs.
Against North Carolina A&T, the Spartans opened the match on a 7-2 run, thanks in part to a pair of kills from Chambers. UNCG would stretch its lead out to 16-6 on a kill by Holland Hoefnagel en route to claiming the first set, 25-16.
In the second set, UNCG would again take control early as a service ace from Freeman put her team ahead 8-3. The Spartans would lead by as many as eight in the set, but the Aggies mounted a late rally to pull within 20-16. UNCG would go on a 5-2 run to end the set to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.
The final set of the match was the closest of the match as there were nine ties and five lead changes. With the two sides tied at 10, UNCG used a 7-1 run to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish. A kill by Chelsea Evans gave the Spartans the set, 25-17, and the match, 3-0.
In the final match of the tournament, the two teams traded points in the early going, but the Purple Aces went on a 5-1 run to open up an 11-7 lead. Evansville would continue to increase its advantage by taking the opening set, 25-17.
The Purple Aces carried that momentum into the second set by jumping out to a commanding 16-7 lead. UNCG would mount a rally late in the set to pull within 21-18, but the Spartans ran out of steam and dropped the set, 25-19.
UNCG came out of the intermission with renewed vigor as the two sides were knotted at 10 in the early going. The Purple Aces then went on a 5-1 run en route to winning the set, 25-17.
The Spartans will return to action next weekend as they travel to play in the George Mason Patriot Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.
2011 UNCG Invitational All-Tournament Team
MVP: Brooke Maher, Evansville
Libero of the Tournament: Katie Klages, Evansville
Rachel TenHoor, Evansville
Kaisi Nixon, Evansville
Megan Devine, East Tennessee State
Jamie Stancliff, East Tennessee State
Lian Bernett, Coastal Carolina
Chelsea Fox, North Carolina A&T
Ari Lysacek, UNCG
UNCG def. North Carolina A&T 25-16, 25-18, 25-17
North Carolina A&T (0-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - EVANS,Andrea 6-0-2; DANIELS,Jenea 6-1-5; COOPER,Tatiana 3-1-0; REESE,Devonte' 3-0-1; WILLIAMS,Murphye 3-1-3; FOX,Chelsea 0-1-1; Totals 21-4-7.0. (Assists) - FOX,Chelsea 15. (Dig leaders) - FOX,Chelsea 6; COOPER,Tatiana 6
UNCG (1-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Karrian Chambers 10-2-1; Morgan Freeman 8-1-4; Vicky Harley 4-0-4; Chelsea Evans 3-1-1; Holland Hoefnagel 3-2-1; Ariel Newman 2-0-1; Emily McMurtrey 2-0-1; Kelsey Sidney 1-0-0; Sarah Eldridge 0-0-1; Kellie Orewiler 0-1-0; Totals 33-7-8.0. (Assists) - Emily McMurtrey 21. (Dig leaders) - Emily McMurtrey 7; Kellie Orewiler 7
Site: Greensboro, N.C. (Fleming Gymnasium)
Date: Aug 27, 2011 Attend: 173 Time: 1:18
Referees: Kevin Wendelboe, Charlie Yang
UNCG Invitational - Game 8
Evansville def. UNCG 25-17, 25-19, 25-17
Evansville (4-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - TenHoor, Rachel 15-0-0; Seyller, Lauren 11-0-0; Nixon, Kaisi 8-0-2; Maher, Brooke 8-1-0; Knackmuhs, Jessica 4-0-2; Sawin, Ellen 3-0-2; Lubrecht, April 0-1-1; Totals 49-2-4.0. (Assists) - Sawin, Ellen 39. (Dig leaders) - Lubrecht, April 15; Klages, Katie 15; Maher, Brooke 12; Sawin, Ellen 8
UNCG (1-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Karrian Chambers 9-0-1; Ari Lysacek 9-0-0; Ariel Newman 9-0-1; Vicky Harley 5-0-1; Morgan Freeman 3-0-0; Holland Hoefnagel 2-0-1; Chelsea Evans 1-0-0; Emily McMurtrey 1-0-0; Kelsey Sidney 0-0-1; Totals 39-0-3.0. (Assists) - Emily McMurtrey 16; Ari Lysacek 16. (Dig leaders) - Kellie Orewiler 14; Emily McMurtrey 12; Ariel Newman 9; Ari Lysacek 8
Site: Greensboro, N.C. (Fleming Gymnasium)
Date: Aug 27, 2011 Attend: 312 Time: 1:28
Referees: Charlie Yang, Brian Jones
UNCG Invitational - Game 10
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