NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Wingate defeated Newberry 3-1 Friday afternoon in quarterfinal action of the South Atlantic Conference tournament. Wingate won by scores of 25-23, 25-19, 19-25 and 25-22 to improve to 27-2 overall, advancing to Saturday's SAC semifinals. Newberry falls to 18-12 overall. Wingate has now won 24 consecutive matches this season and 22 consecutive SAC tournament contests.
Two-time SAC player of the year Anna Hilton had 14 kills, 15 digs and five blocks to lead the Wingate attack. First team All-SAC middle blocker Lexi Potter added 12 kills, six digs and five blocks, hitting .444. Senior middle blocker Allison Rickher piled up career highs of 11 kills and nine blocks. The second team All-SAC selection hit .500 on the match. First team All-SAC setter Alison Cooke had 36 assists and seven digs, while junior libero Stephanie Tassone collected 15 digs.
Amanda Soper had 16 kills to lead the Newberry attack. Jessica King added 12 kills, seven digs and four blocks, while Logan Hayward contributed 10 kills. Samantha Parrish had nine kills and 31 digs for the Wolves, while Rachel Moran handed out 31 assists. Elayni Stokes collected 19 digs for the Wolves.
No. 1 Tampa 3, Nova Southeastern 2
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- With one win away from their second consecutive perfect Sunshine State Conference season, No. 1 Tampa defeated Nova Southeastern in a 3-2 thriller Friday evening.
The victory gives the Spartans a 28-1 overall record and a pristine 15-0 conference tally while the hosting Sharks dip to 5-21 with a 1-14 SSC tally. Tampa is riding a 21-game win streak and has not lost a SSC match in an astounding 34 consecutive contests dating back to Oct. 29th, 2011.
Reigning SSC offensive player of the week, Berkley Whaley charged the Spartans with a double-double, posting 23 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Jessica Wagner put forth a 12-kill, nine-block showing in addition to picking up six digs and three service aces. Rightside hitter Marissa Lisenbee grounded 12 kills at a strong .393 attack percentage.
No. 5 Central Missouri 3, Central Oklahoma 0
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Central Missouri swept Central Oklahoma 25-14, 25-23, 25-20 in the semifinals of the MIAA tournament. The Jens had 51 kills, and hit .342, with 10 serving aces in the match. The Jennies will face Nebraska-Kearney in the MIAA tournament championship.
The Jennies (31-1) had lead for the entire first set. The Jennies took a 5-1 lead to start the set, with a kill from Carly Sojka and Julia Bates, and two from Haley Thompson. Annie Reilly had two service aces in a row and a kill in the set. Sojka had five kills, and Thompson had four kills in the set.
The Jennies again held the lead for a majority of the second set, but the Bronchos were able to catch them and even take the lead a few times. The Bronchos caught the Jennies for the ninth time in the set at 20-20. Goodness had seven kills in the set, and hit .438. Bats had 13 assists, and three serving aces.
The Bronchos were able to tie the Jennies at 4-4 in the third match, and take the lead. The Jennies didn't catch up until 13-13, but the held the lead for a remainder of the match. Becca Blaise finished the match with a kill.
No. 6 West Texas A&M 3, Texas A&M Commerce 2
CANYON, Texas -- West Texas A&M fell behind two sets to one but rebounded to outlast the Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce in a five set thriller (21-25, 25-21, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13) in front of 800 fans during the Lone Star Conference championships semifinals. The Lady Buffs move to 30-3 overall while the Lions end their season at 23-9.
"Wow, that's about the only word that's coming to mind right now. I thought we played well early in sets then changed to a timid approach when the game got tight. Give all of the credit to Commerce, Craig [Case] has built that program into a power and his group of seniors really had standout careers and they played their hearts out tonight" WT head coach Jason Skoch said. "It's always nice to have a huge crowd behind you in a tight match, it doesn't get any easier tomorrow against Angelo."
The win lifts the Lady Buffs to 36-7 all-time against the Lions with WT taking the last 21 meetings dating back to the 1994 season. The win also gives WT their 24th consecutive win this season along with their 26th consecutive home win dating back to last season.
Nebraska-Kearney 3, No. 8 Washburn 0
WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Washburn dropped the first set to Nebraska-Kearney and couldn't come back in a 3-1 (25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22) loss Friday night in the semifinal of the MIAA postseason tournament.
The eighth-ranked Ichabods dropped to 31-5 overall and will await the NCAA tournament announcement Monday. Washburn is currently ranked fourth in the Central Region and eight teams will advance to the regional. The Lopers improved to 28-5 and will play for the MIAA postseason title Saturday against the Central Missouri/Central Oklahoma winner. UCM is first in the region and the Lopers are seventh.
Marissa Cox had 13 kills to lead Washburn and Corrinne Stringer had 12. Abby Wittman set 33 assists and she had 24 digs for a double-double. Kelsey Lewis led the back row with 25 digs and two others reached double figures. Courtney Churchman had 12 and Korie Thompson had 10.