The St. Andrews University volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday evening as the Peace University Pacers came out with the four-set win on the Knights’ home court.
The Pacers won the match 26-24, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-12. Each set was close until Peace put it away in the fourth.
The Lady Knights started off the first set trailing 7-1 as they fell into a hole but then rallied back to take the lead midway through the set. However, Peace would rally back and hang on for the 26-24 set win.
SAU had a rough start to the next set as well as they trailed 22-12, but started to make a comeback by winning nine of the next 11 points on sophomore setter’ Alexis Cordova’s serve. They were unable to complete the rally and fell 25-21.
SAU looked to begin its climb out of the 0-2 hole by winning the third set 25-23. However, Peace would storm right back to take the fourth set in a rout 25-12 and go on for the four-set triumph to improve to 5-0. The Pacers had two players post double-digit kills while setter Liana Solomon had 23 assists.
SAU’s freshman right side player Anne Patterson tallied seven kills and nine total blocks to increase her team’s lead while senior middle blocker Kendelyn Wheaton was right behind with six kills on the night. Freshman outside hitter Tessa Smith also collected five kills and seven digs.
Sophomore libero Sierra Barnedo led the Knights with 13 digs while Cordova led with nine assists.