Harrisonburg, Va. -- Lynchburg College's volleyball team finished up the second day of the EMU Invitational with a split, winning the first match against Salem, 3-1, and falling just short in the fifth set against Catholic, 3-2. Senior Mesa Willis (Dabneys, Va.) totaled 38 kills, and sophomore Lauren Stanford had 51 digs over the course of the day.
Match 1: Lynchburg 3, Salem 1 (18-25, 32-30, 25-19, 25-23)
Match 2: Catholic 3, Lynchburg 2 (22-25, 20-25, 26-24, 25-17, 17-15)
Venue: Yoder Arena, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After struggling in the first set of the first match Saturday, Lynchburg rallied to take an epic second set, 32-30, to turn the match around.
- Lynchburg cruised to a four-set victory over the Sprits thanks to Willis' 19 kills and Stanford's 25 digs.
- The Hornets' second match of the day was the hardest-fought contest of the weekend in Harrisonburg, as Lynchburg and Catholic battled for five sets. Lynchburg dropped the first two sets in the match, but Willis and Stanford helped bring the Hornets back. Willis finished with another 19 kills, while the libero, Stanford, tallied 26 digs. Maral Tsolmon (Alexandria, Va.) chipped in 12 digs and four aces for LC in the losing effort.
The Hornets (2-2) will be back in action next weekend at Greensboro College, starting with a 1 p.m. match against Huntingdon on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.