Friday, November 19, 2010
Falcons Pick Up First NCAA Tournament Victory in Program History
Redshirt-freshman Manyi Ati (Lawrenceville, Ga./Grayson) had 10 kills as well along with four blocks. Senior Rebecca Dowd (Dothan, Ala./Providence Christian School) added eight kills, eight digs and four blocks. Junior Rachel Wotitzky (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte) continues to shine in the libero role with 16 digs while junior setter Anna Garrison (LaVergne, Tenn./LaVergne) had 36 assists and nine digs.
The Falcons jumped all over the Railsplitters in the first set leading almost the entire way as they won 25-15. It was the exact opposite in the second set as the Railsplitters dominated play and won 25-9. After the first two sets both teams settled in and it was quite the battle in the third set.
LMU jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead off the serve of Lia Bevins. A kill by Ati opened the door for the Falcons as they fought their way back into the match and cut the lead to 6-5. The set continued to bounce back and forth over the next several points with both teams gaining small leads. Down 22-18 the Falcons made a big push and took a 24-23 lead as sophomore Virginia Clay (Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre) provided a pair of kills to go with a number of LMU attack errors to take the lead. The Railsplitters tied the set at 24 but a service error and a bad set gave the Falcons the 26-24 set three win.
The fourth set was another tough battle but the Falcons pulled away late winning 25-20 and advancing to their first NCAA Regional Semifinals. The Falcons will take on the winner of top-seed Wingate University versus eighth-seeded Lees-McRae tomorrow at 6:30 (CST). The match will be broadcast live on the internet.