Volleyball suffers 3-0 setback to Wingate

Volleyball suffers 3-0 setback to Wingate
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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Rachel Garnett tallied 12 kills, but the Tusculum College volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to Wingate University on Friday night inside Pioneer Arena. Melissa Mazur tallied 20 digs for TC (7-10, 4-7 South Atlantic Conference).

Shelly Stumpff led all players with 13 kills for the Bulldogs (17-2, 11-1) and recorded a double-double with 10 digs. Abby Saehler matched Garnett with 12 kills while Iris Brewer tallied a match-high 34 assists.

Hannah Berling dished out 33 assists and tallied her team-best 11th double-double of the year with 11 digs. Sabrina Schleuger finished with eight kills while Danae Stauffer and Laryssa Welch each had six. Sarah Bouley dug-up 12 balls.

The Pioneers used a quick 4-0 spurt to take an early 4-1 lead in the first set. TC held the lead for the next few rallies but the Bulldogs used a 4-0 run to turn a 10-8 deficit into a 12-10 advantage. Tusculum was able to tie the set at 12-12 but a Rachel Cecka kill capped a 3-0 spurt to give Wingate at 15-12 lead.

Later in the frame, the Pioneers faced a four-point deficit but tied the set at 19-19 with a 5-1 run. The Bulldogs scored four of the next five to take a 23-20 advantage. Stumpff gave WU set point at 24-21 with a kill. TC was able to fight it off once with a Schleuger smash, but Anna Holmquist clinched the set for Wingate with kill in the ensuing rally.

The Pioneers led the second set 4-2 early, but a 7-1 run for the Bulldogs gave them a 9-5 advantage. Wingate lead for the remainder of the frame as the Pioneers could only get back within two points of the lead midway through the set.

Facing a 2-0 deficit, Tusculum led 13-11 midway through the third. Wingate used a 5-0 spurt to re-take the lead and later held a 20-17 advantage looking for the sweep. However, the Pioneers scored four of the next five points to tie the set at 21-21.

The Bulldogs answered with a Seahler kill but an attack error by Checka tied it back up at 22-22. Kayla Hartley stepped to the line for the Pioneers but committed a service error before Stumpff earned Wingate match point at 24-22. Following at Pioneer timeout, Oakley Attaway earned the match-clinching kill.

Tusculum will return to the court tomorrow when Coker College comes into Pioneer Arena for another SAC matchup. First serve is set for 2 p.m.