Volleyball splits on Day 2 of Route 42 Classic

Katie Cornelius holds a volleyball in a practice.

Harrisonburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's volleyball team picked up its first win of the 2018 season Saturday morning at the Route 42 Classic with a 23-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-22 defeat of North Carolina Wesleyan inside Eastern Mennonite University's Yoder Arena.

The Hornets were swept, 25-16, 25-8, 25-13, by Marymount in their afternoon contest.

Freshman outside Emma Drake (Newsoms, Va.) led the Lynchburg offense with 22 kills on the day, while sophomore setter Katie Cornelius (Manassas, Va.) dished out 64 assists over the two matches.

Cornelius' 51 assists in the win over North Carolina Wesleyan was the most for a Hornets setter in a single match since Gabby Myers made 56 assists Sept. 26, 2014 against Southern Virginia.

Junior libero Lauren Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va.) earned all-tournament team honors for her efforts over the weekend. Stanford tallied 69 digs, 10 assists, and eight aces over the four matches.



Match 1 Final: Lynchburg 3, North Carolina Wesleyan 1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-22)

Match 2 Final: Marymount 3, Lynchburg 0 (25-16, 25-8, 25-13)

Records: Lynchburg 1-3, North Carolina Wesleyan 0-3, Marymount 2-1

Venue: Yoder Arena, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.



Match 1

  • The Hornets dropped the first set, 25-23, before settling into a rhythm. Lynchburg stormed back in the second to win 25-13, including a 6-0 run to start the set.

  • Behind solid setting from Cornelius and consistent hitting by Drake and junior outside Sydney Frink (Chester, Va.), the Hornets cruised to 25-22 wins in the final two sets for their first win of the season.

  • Cornelius enjoyed her coming out party with 51 assists, 12 digs, and three aces in the match.

  • Drake piled up 18 kills while Frink had 17 in the victory. Stanford had 19 digs and three aces, while junior right side Lindsey Lang (Poquoson, Va.) contributed 10 kills and four aces.

  • The Hornets hit a scalding .232 for the match.

Match 2

  • Sailing wasn't as smooth in the afternoon match, as Marymount came out swinging.

  • Sophomore middle Natalie Lavelle (Wilmington, Del.) led Lynchburg's offense with seven kills, and Cornelius dished out 13 assists.



The Hornets will christen the new floor in Turner Gymnasium on Wednesday, Sept. 5 against Averett. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.