BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UNCG dropped the opening set 25-18 to Samford and was never able to gain any traction as the Spartans fell to the Bulldogs, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-15), on Friday night in Southern Conference action.
Katie Murphy paced the Bulldogs (16-3, 3-2 SoCon) with 12 kills without recording an error for a .571 hitting percentage. Elizabeth Neisler had 11 kills, as well, while Casey Garvey had a match-high 35 assists.
The Spartans kept things close in the opening set and narrowly trailed 13-12 midway through the set. The Bulldogs then used an 11-3 run to have set point at 24-15. UNCG held off three set points, but Samford eventually got a block from Neisler and Lauren Hutchinson to win the set, 25-18.
The second set was very similar as the two sides traded points in the early going and UNCG trailed 15-14 after a kill from Newman. This time Samford answered with three-straight points en route to taking the set, 25-20, to lead 2-0 at intermission.
Samford led wire-to-wire in the final set as it jumped out to an early 10-5 lead. The Bulldogs would extend their lead out to 17-8, forcing a UNCG timeout, before winning the set, 25-15.
The Spartans will continue their weekend road swing on Saturday as they travel to Chattanooga for a 7 p.m. contest.
Samford def. UNCG 25-18, 25-20, 25-15
UNCG (10-11 (2-3 SoCon)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Karrian Chambers 6-0-0; Ariel Newman 6-1-0; Morgan Freeman 5-2-1; Holland Hoefnagel 3-0-2; Kelsey Sidney 3-0-0; Ari Lysacek 2-0-0; Kellie Orewiler 0-1-0; Totals 25-4-2.0. (Assists) - Ari Lysacek 19. (Dig leaders) - Kellie Orewiler 8; Ariel Newman 6
Samford (16-3 (3-2 SoCon)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Katie Murphy 12-0-2; Elizabeth Neisler 11-1-1; Lauren Hutchinson 9-0-3; Chelsi Carter 7-0-0; Michaela Reesor 5-0-1; Casey Garvey 1-2-1; Alexis Bauer 0-1-0; Totals 45-4-5.0. (Assists) - Casey Garvey 35. (Dig leaders) - Chelsi Carter 12; Alexis Bauer 11
Site: Birmingham, Ala. (Pete Hanna Center)
Date: Oct 07, 2011 Attend: 212 Time: 1:13
Referees: Pat Martin, Danny Humbers
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