Averett edges past volleyball in five

Sydney Frink swings at a volleyball in a game. Graphic showling 3-2 final score and Lynchburg/Averett logos.

Lynchburg, Va. -- The University of Lynchburg volleyball team went to five sets against the visiting Averett Cougars on Wednesday night in the first home game of the season but fell just short of the win, dropping a 27-25, 27-29, 25-20, 18-25, 15-13 nail-biter inside Turner Gymnasium.

Junior outside Sydney Frink (Chester, Va.) collected 26 kills, 13 digs, and two blocks at the net. Frink's 26 kills are the second-most in a single match in Lynchburg volleyball history.

Junior libero Lauren Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va.) anchored the back row with a team-high 20 digs, and sophomore setter Katie Cornelius (Manassas, Va.) had an impressive 45 assists and 12 digs.



Final: Averett 3, Lynchburg 2 (27-25, 27-29, 25-20, 18-25, 15-13)

Records: Averett 3-2, Lynchburg 1-4

Venue: Turner Gymnasium, University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Va.



  • In the first set, Averett took a strong lead getting ahead of Lynchburg, 7-1. But the Hornets battled back to tie the set, 16-16, after a kill from Frink. The tally tied up again 25-25 until Averett came up with the final two points.

  • Coming from behind again in the second set, Lynchburg was able to take control in the end and get ahead of Averett to claim a 29-27 victory on a kill by freshman outside Emma Drake (Newsoms, Va.) and a block by Cornelius and junior middle Disa Haugsdahl (Warrenton, Va.).

  • Haugsdahl had a four-point run behind the service line to give the hosts a 7-5 lead, but Averett was quick to respond and ended the frame on a 12-3 run. The Hornets bounced back in the fourth and took an early lead over Averett and the Cougars could not recover giving Lynchburg a nice 25-18 win.

  • The final set proved difficult with five lead changes, but Averett took a 13-11 lead on back-to-back kills by Brooke Aaron and never trailed again. Aaron put down the clincher two points later.



The Hornets will hit the road again this weekend for the Volunteer State and the Maryville College Invitational. On Friday, Sept. 7, Lynchburg will take on Rhodes at noon and Salem at 2 p.m. Lynchburg is matched up with host Maryville at noon the following day and will wrap the tournament up against Covenant at 4 p.m.