Volleyball Bounces Back from 2-0 Deficit to Best Battling Bishops in Five Sets

RALEIGH, NC – The William Peace University volleyball team dug themselves a 2- 0 deficit in Thursday night's season opener, but the Pacers turned it on during the last three sets and bounced back to best the North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops in five.

After dropping the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-22, WPU fell behind in the third but used a 5-0 run to right the ship and took the set, 25-21, to extend the match. The Pacers faced match point twice in the fourth, trailing 24-22 and again at 25-24, but they took the final three points and the set, 27-25. The Pacers jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the fifth and finished the Bishops off, 15-11.

"Despite the slow start, lots of positive takeaways and really, really good things, battling adversity and having to come back from down two. They never quit. That's the one thing I can say about this group is they do not quit, because they could have easily thrown in the towel after game two," said head coach Kevin Daniels. "We talked before the match about protecting home court and they did a great job. They communicated a little better as the match progressed, but they really started picking each other up and playing for each other which is great."

Four Pacers finished with double-digit kills led by 16 from Laura Bland, who also added five digs, two service aces and a block solo. Tempestt Frazier came in with 13 kills, a block solo and a block assist.Lindsay Alford had 12 kills, while freshman Mya Parks finished with a double-double of 12 kills and 15 digs in her collegiate debut. 

Liana Solomon, who is expected to be at the helm of the Pacers attack throughout the season as the primary setter, also recorded a double-double with a career high 51 assists, 13 digs, a pair of block assists and a service ace. Carson William tallied a team high 21 digs. Freshman Sarah Scott had 20 digs in her collegiate debut along with two service aces and a pair of kills.

Tori Stewart led the way for NC Wesleyan, racking up 25 kills and 19 digs. Evie Hunter had 11 kills, nine digs, five assists and a pair of service aces. Ayla Brewer notched 38 assists and five digs.

The WPU volleyball team is back in action this weekend, hitting the road to Danville, Virginia for Averett University's Cougar Classic. The Pacers will square off against Frostburg State and Salve Regina on Saturday followed by matches against Guilford College and Roanoke College on Sunday. 

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