Volleyball Overpowers Savannah State, 3-0
MACON, Ga. – The Mercer volleyball team had four players finish with a .500 hitting percentage or better in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-17) victory over Savannah State at the University Center Tuesday evening.
The win was Mercer’s fourth victory in its last five matches and moves the team to 6-11 (0-0 A-Sun) on the season. Savannah State fell to 2-11 with the loss.
“It was great to be back on our home floor,” Mercer head coach Noelle Rooke said. “Tonight was a true team victory because everyone contributed.”
Senior Krista Hurley, juniors Anna Coursey and Charlayna Braxton and freshman Zoe Becton all had efficient nights on the attacking front. Hurley smashed a match-high six kills on eight swings while Coursey knocked down five kills on 10 attempts. Braxton contributed five kills on just seven attempts and Becton gathered three kills on four swings.
As a team, the Bears hit a scorching .359 percent while limiting the visitors to a -.085 attacking percentage.
In the first set, Mercer hammered the Lady Tigers to the tune of 12 kills on 26 attempts with just one error. Hurley, senior Erica Vrvilo and junior Jamie Duffy each had three kills as the Bears cruised to the opening set win.
In the second set, the Bears trailed 6-4 before breaking off an 8-1 run, forcing Savannah State head coach Malik Jones to use a timeout. After the stoppage, the surge continued as the Bears scored four of the next five points.
For the majority of the third set, the Mercer lineup featured all freshmen with the exception of junior libero Charlotte Harris. The youthful group picked up right where the others had left off, racing out to an 11-4 lead. Freshman outside hitter Emily Rochefort clinched the victory for the home team, acing the Lady Tigers on the final point of the evening.
Rochefort tallied three kills, an assist and three digs in the winning effort. Freshman Cassie Roy spiked two kills, slapped a pair of service aces and notched five digs against Savannah State.
Freshman Lizzie Knapper collected her first collegiate kill and service ace in the win. Harris recorded 13 digs and a two service aces on the evening.
Mercer returns to action on Sept. 28 hosting UNC Asheville at the University Center. Match time is slated for 6 p.m.