GREENSBORO, N.C. - Guilford College's volleyball team went the distance in both of its matches Friday at the Greensboro College Invitational. The Quakers rallied past the host Pride, 3-2, in their first match, and fell to league-rival Roanoke College, 3-2, in their second match.
The host Pride pulled out a 33-31 third-set win to open a 2-1 edge in the day's first contest, but Guilford bounced back with a 25-22 win in the fourth set and scored a 15-10 triumph in the decisive fifth set. Quakers' senior Emma Gunn had a career-high 19 kills on .576 hitting, both Guilford season highs, to pace the Quakers' offense. Fellow middle blocker Malikah French also turned in a career-high with 17 putaways on .517 hitting. Taylor Whitley had a career-best 51 assists. Laura Kopald added 11 kills, including three in the decisive fifth set.
Guilford (2-4) won two of the first three sets against Roanoke College (2-3), including a 22-13 triumph in the third set. The Maroons rallied behind strong play from Sarah Long (16 kills) and Sam Klosterman (15 kills) to win the fourth set, 25-18, before pulling out a 20-18 win in the fifth set. Guilford trailed, 13-8, in the fifth set, but reeled off six of the next seven points. Roanoke staved off four match points in the final set, thanks in part to three kills and three digs by Kelsey Largen.
Kopald led Guilford with 14 kills and no errors, which contributed to a .359 hitting percentage. Brittany DeCesare had 11 kills and three service aces. Mary Moody also had 11 putaways. Taylor Phillips led all students with 31 digs.
The Quakers close out tournament play Saturday (9/10) with matches against Piedmont College (10 am) and Peace College (4 pm).
May 5, 2012 Guilford Volleyball Seniors Graduate
November 7, 2011 Guilford's Gunn and Phillips Named to All-ODAC Volleyball Team
November 2, 2011 Guilford Falls at Lynchburg in ODAC Tournament
October 27, 2011 Kopald and Moody Shine in 3-0 Win at Salem
October 25, 2011 Quakers Rally Past Emory & Henry, 3-2
October 21, 2011 Guilford Volleyball Continues Its Winning Ways
October 20, 2011 Quakers Down Roanoke in Home Finale, 3-1
October 15, 2011 Guilford Splits Senior Day Matches
October 12, 2011 Guilford Rally Falls Short in 3-2 Loss at Lynchburg
October 11, 2011 Laura Kopald Receives Weekly Honor
October 8, 2011 Guilford Adds Another Win, 3-1 Over Eastern Mennonite
October 5, 2011 Guilford Downs Randolph, 3-1
October 4, 2011 Balanced Effort Leads Guilford Past Greensboro, 3-0
September 30, 2011 Quakers fall to visiting Maryville, 3-0
September 29, 2011 Kopald, Gunn Help Guilford Past Hollins
September 27, 2011 Quakers Take Down Salem, 3-0
September 23, 2011 Quakers Fall at N.C. Wesleyan, 3-0
September 18, 2011 Randolph-Macon Prevails Over Guilford, 3-0
September 17, 2011 Virginia Wesleyan Defeats Guilford in Five
September 13, 2011 Quakers Fall in Home Opener to Washington and Lee
September 10, 2011 Guilford Wraps Up Play At Greensboro College Invitational
September 9, 2011 Guilford Downs Greensboro in Greensboro Invitational
September 7, 2011 Volleyball Comeback Stalls in 3-1 Loss at Meredith
September 3, 2011 Quakers Gain First Win of 2011
September 2, 2011 Volleyball Opens 2011 Season at Cougar Classic
August 22, 2011 Quakers Ranked Sixth in Preseason ODAC Poll