Lady Braves lose in home opener
By Ryan Kelly
UNCP Volleyball (3-5) was swept in its 2006 home opener by St. Andrews Presbyterian College (6-5) in three sets with scores of 30-24, 30-24 and 30-24 at the Jones Center on Sept. 6.
The home crowd of 632 was one of the largest recorded.
The Lady Knights won despite just a .193 hitting percentage. The Lady Braves were held to a .123 average.
Lindsey Stansbury of St. Andrews was deadly for the Knights as she recorded a double-double with 16 kills (.359) and 10 digs.
Setter Kim Harper led the Knights with 39 assists. Sophomore Lexie Wood had 20 assists for the Braves.
Leading the Braves were seniors Abigail Parker and Alicia Hill with 12 and 8 kills, respectively.
Hill kept her team alive and in the game with 21 defensive digs.
UNCP middle hitter April Newhouse, also a senior, played strong on defense with 3 solo blocks.
Freshman Libero Andrea Laza had 16 digs in her first college home game.
“We want to thank everyone that came out,” said Head Coach Jeff Billington. “We had a really good crowd tonight. It’s too bad they couldn’t get the win.
At one point play had to be stopped so the raucous crowd would calm down after a fan threw a small yellow football on to the court.
Billington said a large and energetic crowd could have backfired with a younger team.
“We were excited with all the people here tonight, but we’re not tough enough, we’re not focused enough…we’re gonna make some changes.”