SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Ariel Newman had a match-high 18 kills and UNCG rallied to win the final three sets as the Spartans defeated Wofford, 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17), on Saturday evening in Southern Conference action.
The Spartans (13-13, 5-5 SoCon) were led by Newman who had a .341 hitting percentage on her 18 kills. Karrian Chambers and Morgan Freeman also had double-digit kills as they recorded 15 and 10 kills, respectively. Ari Lysacek had a double-double with 38 assists and 11 digs and Kellie Orewiler posted a match-high 22 digs.
Amanda Liguori had a team-high 16 kills for the Terriers (13-13, 2-8 SoCon), while Taylor Baird added 11 kills and a .714 hitting percentage.
Wofford came out and took an 11-6 lead in the first set, but UNCG was able to trim the Terrier lead down to 18-15 on a kill by Newman. The Terriers then went on a 5-1 run en route to winning the opening set, 25-21.
In the second set, Wofford led 17-14 before the Spartans went on a 6-1 run, capped off by a Newman service ace, to take a 20-18 lead. The teams were later tied at 23, but UNCG got back-to-back kills from Chambers and Newman to win the set, 25-23, and tie the set at 1-all going into intermission.
After the break, UNCG opened up the third set and took a 7-1 lead before a kill by Wendy Burnett made the Spartan lead just 20-17 late in the set. The Spartans wrapped up the set on a 5-1 run to win 25-18.
In the fourth and final set, UNCG narrowly led late in the set 19-17. The Spartans ended things in style as they went on a 6-0 run to win the set, 25-17, and the match 3-1.
The Spartans will continue their four-match road swing on Friday as they travel to Appalachian State for a 7 p.m. contest.
UNCG def. Wofford 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17
UNCG (12-13, 4-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Ariel Newman 18-3-1; Karrian Chambers 15-0-3; Chelsea Evans 10-0-4; Ari Lysacek 6-1-1; Vicky Harley 6-0-3; Morgan Freeman 4-0-6; Emily McMurtrey 1-0-0; Kellie Orewiler 0-2-0; Totals 60-6-10.0. (Assists) - Ari Lysacek 38. (Dig leaders) - Kellie Orewiler 22; Ari Lysacek 11; Karrian Chambers 9; Ariel Newman 8
Wofford (13-12, 2-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Amanda Liguori 16-0-0; Taylor Baird 11-0-1; Wendy Burnett 8-0-3; Rachel Woodlee 5-0-1; Arden Anderson 3-0-2; Lucy Reser 2-0-2; Kelsey Bagwell 1-0-0; Bekah Dorsey 1-1-0; Tara Gough 1-1-0; Reagan Styles 0-1-0; Totals 48-3-6.0. (Assists) - Bekah Dorsey 21; Tara Gough 17. (Dig leaders) - Reagan Styles 17; Bekah Dorsey 9; Rachel Woodlee 8; Amanda Liguori 8
Site: Spartanburg, S.C. (Benjamin Johnson)
Date: Oct 22, 2011 Attend: 521 Time: 1:53
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