JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Despite holding a two set to one advantage in the match, the Lady Railsplitters suffered a 3-2 loss (19-25, 25-23, 22-25, 30-28, 20-18) in a five-set thriller to the Eagles of Carson-Newman College in SAC volleyball action Tuesday.
With the loss, Lincoln Memorial splits the regular-season series with the Eagles and falls to 19-11 on the season and 11-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. Carson-Newman improves to 5-11 in the league standings and 11-14 overall.
The Lady Railsplitters were paced by another tremendous effort from senior middle blocker Blaire Fowler, as she lead all players with 25 kills in the match while leading LMU’s defensive unit with 17 digs. Fowler (Fort Worth, Texas) etched her name in the single-game record book at Lincoln Memorial with 25 kills in the match, ranking 10th in single-game history. She led all players with more than ten attempts with a .411 attack percentage in the match. Her game also ranks seventh all-time in five-set matches with the 25 kills while her 28.5 points places ninth in the all-time record book.
As a unit, LMU struck .208 in the contest, compiling 72 kills while netting 28 attack errors. Junior Kaitlin Walton (Muncie, Ind.) tallied 14 kills to aid the offensive effort in the loss. Jennifer Drumm notched a 12-kill, 16-dig outing to record her sixth double-double of the season.
Sophomore Allison Beavers (Tomball, Texas) boasted a triple-double for the Lady Railsplitters with ten kills, 26 assists and 13 digs. Fellow setter Brittany Pugh (Farmersburg, Ind.) paced LMU with 35 assists to go along with 13 digs. The setting duo of Beavers and Pugh were the catalyst for a season-high 68 team assists, which notches a tie for the all-time single game record for assists in a match at Lincoln Memorial.
The Eagles were less potent offensively throughout the match, finishing with 67 kills and 32 errors for a .177 team attack percentage. They were led in the match by the double-double effort of Rachel Harper as she finished with a team-high 19 kills and ten digs. Lauren Santarelli also performed well in the match with 15 kills while teammate Emily Schultz notched ten for the Eagles.
Setter Kristen Pickett finished with a game-high 40 assists while Angelle Hayes also recorded a game-high figure with 35 digs.
The Lady Railsplitters close the regular season this weekend with a pair of South Atlantic Conference matches, hosting Wingate University on Friday and Catawba College on Saturday. LMU opens the weekend on Friday evening at 7 p.m. in Mary E. Mars Gymnasium as they welcome the top-seeded Bulldogs.