UM Sweeps USC Aiken on the Road, 3-0
AIKEN, S.C. - The University of Montevallo women's volleyball team (12-9, 3-3 PBC) returned its winning ways with a strong 3-0 win over USC Aiken (11-9, 3-5 PBC). The Falcons held the Pacers to under a .100 hitting percentage in all three sets and dominated in the third set holding them to a .000 hitting percentage. Three Falcons registered double-doubles including senior's Katie Johnson (Alabaster, Ala./Thompson) and Katy Handrick (De Pere, Wisc./De Pere) and sophomore Anna Garrison (LaVergne, Tenn./LaVergne).
"Katie J. did great today and had a well rounded match on offense and defense," said head coach Katie O'Brien. "This win was a team effort and it was great to play in the same place the conference tournament will be held. It's a beautiful facility."
The Falcons fell behind early in the first set but were able to battle back and tie the score at 10 points a piece. The Falcons took over from that point on winning the first set 25-19. In the second set it was a back-and-forth battle with four lead changes and nine tie scores. The Falcons pulled it out in the end winning 25-23 despite trailing 22-20 late in the set. The third set was much like the second set with five lead changes and nine tie scores. The Falcons once again were down 22-20 but rallied to score the final five points of the match.
Johnson led the way for the Falcons putting down 13 kills and 12 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. She also led the team with four service aces. Handrick chipped in her eighth double-double of the year with 11 kills and 11 digs. Garrison continues to lead the team in double-doubles with her 11th of the season with 32 assists and 13 digs.
Freshman libero Brittany Wilson (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central) led the team in digs with 15.
The Falcons will return to the court tomorrow, Oct. 9 at 5:00 p.m. as they take on Lander University on the road. Lander most recently lost back-to-back matches 3-0 to USC Aiken and Catawba.