College Sports

Winthrop volleyball team suffers from service line, falls to High Point, 3-1

Winthrop's volleyball team fell to High Point 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-27, 18-25) on Friday on Senior Night at the Winthrop Coliseum.

The Eagles fell to 9-16 overall and 5-7 in the conference while High Point improved to 24-5, 12-2.

"The crowd really helped our momentum in the second set," Eagles coach Sally Polhamus said.

"It was great to have the support of the students and the Rock Hill community."

Senior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann, who was honored for her accomplishments as an Eagle prior to the match, led Winthrop with 22 kills and also had a .267 hitting percentage. Junior right-side hitter Kelley Taylor also had 11 kills. Freshman setter Chrissie Albers led the Eagles with 25 assists and freshman libero Janice Rivera led Winthrop with 27 digs.

"Shannon had a great senior night, but we struggled from the service line with eight errors which proved to be crucial in the first and third sets," Polhamus said.

As a team, the Eagles hit .174 for the match with 59 kills, 51 assists, 80 digs and 10 team blocks.

High Point hit .178 with 54 kills, 49 assists, 94 digs and nine team blocks.

The Eagles will host their final Big South home match Tuesday evening when the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers come to the Winthrop Coliseum for a 6 p.m. match.