WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Winthrop volleyball team split its two matches Saturday in the final day of the Wake Forest Invitational as it swept the Davidson Wildcats and fell to the host Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the championship match.
In the first match of the day, the Eagles (2-1) defeated the Wildcats (2-1) 25-19, 26-24 and 25-21.
Winthrop was led offensively by senior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann, who had 13 kills and a .650 hitting percentage, and sophomore outside hitter Kellie Sellers, who had a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore setter Kelsey Hall topped the charts with 34 assists, while freshman libero Janice Rivera led the Eagles with 12 digs.
"We showed great fight coming back from a 20-15 deficit in set two," Eagles coach Sally Polhamus said. "Kelsey Hall ran a great offense and Shannon Sitzmann was dominant."
As a team, the Eagles hit .183 with 39 kills, 43 digs and six team blocks. Davidson hit .099 and had 31 kills, 41 digs and six team blocks.
In the championship match against Wake Forest (3-0), the Eagles dropped their first match of the year, 25-17, 25-12, 22-25 and 25-16.
"Wake Forest came out and played a great match; they had great defense," Polhamus said.
Sitzmann led the Eagle attack with 16 kills. Hall aided Winthrop's offense with 32 assists and Sellers was the defensive leader with 13 digs.
As a team, the Eagles hit .063 with 40 kills, 53 digs and four team blocks. The Deacons hit .211 with 46 kills and 11 team blocks.
"We're working on our offense and trying to become more consistent and trying to get some experience with our younger players," Polhamus said.
Winthrop placed both Sitzmann and Sellers on the all-tournament team.
The Eagles will now return home to host the Hilton Garden Inn Classic starting on Friday at the Winthrop Coliseum. The Eagles will face West Virginia at 7 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, Winthrop will take on N.C. Central at 10 a.m. and Morehead State at 7 p.m.