August 30, 2019
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the first time since early November, Hendrix volleyball was back in action, opening the 2019 season in St. Louis, Mo. against no. 14 nationally-ranked Washington University-St. Louis.
After winning the opening set, 25-19, the Warriors lost the next two sets to sustain a 2-1 set deficit. The Warriors held off the Bears in the fourth set, 25-22, to force a decisive fifth frame. Hendrix never trailed in the final set, winning the fifth set, 15-8, to finish the upset against the nationally-ranked Bears. Lauren Dwyer recorded a team-high 19 kills while Sesalie Satterwhite recorded the double-double after tallying 22 assists and 11 digs.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final: Hendrix 3, Washington (Mo.) 2 | [25-19, 19-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-8]
Records: Warriors 1-0, Bears 1-1
Location: St. Louis, Mo.
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HOW IT HAPPENED
– Trailing by a point in the opening set, Hendrix underwent a 6-0 run; capped off by a service ace from Satterwhite.
– The Warriors scored six of the final eight points in the first set.
– Late in the second frame, the Warriors led 18-17 but 7-0 Bear run allowed for Washington to take the 25-19 set victory.
– Leading 2-1 in the third set, Hendrix gave up six-straight points as the Bears grabbed the 7-2 lead.
– Dwyer tallied five kills in the third frame but the Bears snagged the 25-16 set win.
– Trailing by a point, the Warriors tallied a 10-1 run to take command of the set to force a decisive fifth frame.
– Starting out on defense, Hendrix won the first four points and forced a Bear timeout after leading 6-2 to start the frame; Warriors won five out of the last eight points for the come-from-behind victory.
– Claire Smith produced a team-best 25 assists Friday night while Jeanette McGrath registered a team-high 20 digs.
– Allison Long accounted for 13 kills in the huge upset while Mallory Carty landed a team-high four blocks on the night.
WHAT WAS SAID
“What a great win to start off the season,” stated a happy head coach Brittany Newberry. “I couldn’t be more proud of this team. I definitely want to give credit to a great team in Washington University. It was a hard fought win. We’ve got to get some rest and come back tomorrow and bring three wins home.”
The Warriors remain in St. Louis, Mo., as Hendrix continues to take part in the Bear Invitational. Hendrix will face Webster Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Westminster (Mo.) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the final game of the invitational.