RALIEGH, N.C. -- The Guilford College volleyball team drops to 2-6 on the season after falling in its final matches of the William Peace University Quad Match on Saturday, 3-0 to Christopher Newport University and 3-0 to Meredith College.
Christopher Newport University:
Set one opened in favor of Guilford as it opened the contest with a Cam Blankenship kill. It lead by two in the early goings, but saw its lead quickly disappear as CNU was able to string together a five-point run. GC was able to put together a 4-point run of their own on kills by Hannah Stout and Vanessa Johnson to pair with an Avery Lemons service ace to make it 9-8 in its favor.
The rest of the set was weighted more heavily towards the Captains as they were able to hold the Quakers to only seven more points, winning 25-18.
The second and third sets were less competitive. Guilford was able to work itself into an 8-5 lead at one point, but saw that lead dissipate on 5 and 6-point runs by the bad guys. The set ended 25-15. Set three was a wash as GC trailed the entire time and failed to put together more than two points at a time.
Blankenship lead her team offensively with seven kills and one service ace, while also posting a second-best 10 digs.
Johnson led the squad's defensive efforts with 5 blocks (2 solo, 3 assists). Kaitlyn Kelley posted one block.
Sets one and two went in favor of Meredith, as it was able to come away with easy 25-17, 25-8 set wins.
The third set was by far the most competitive of the match, and arguably the day. Guilford was able to put together a five-point run on a trio of kills, one service ace and an error by the opposition. This forced am Avenging Angels timeout.
The Quakers were able to put together another 3-point run, but balanced scoring by the bad guys spelt the undoing of all their efforts. GC fell 25-22.
Cam Blankenship again led her team on the attack, this time posting eight kills with one service ace and four digs. Hannah Stout had the only other service ace of the match, with her team-best 10 digs. Vanessa Johnson went up for two blocks.
Blankenship ended the day with 15 kills, two service aces and 14 digs. Johnson totaled seven blocks.
Guilford hopes to return to the win column as it travels to Lynchburg to open Old Dominion Athletic Conference play at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday