Junior Ashley Hawkins needed nine digs to join the 1,000 dig club at Lenoir-Rhyne and finished the match with 12 to reach four digits for her career as the Bears lost a tough five-setter at Anderson, 3-2. Despite the loss, the Bears can find a positive in the fact that this was the first time since 2016 that LR took a pair of sets from Anderson.
Reigning AVCA National Player of the Week Taylor Prall finished with 25 kills to lead all players in the match. Colette Romp had a career-high 13 kills and added five digs. On top of reaching 1,000 digs, Hawkins had 12 kills and an assist. For the third time in the past four matches, Rachel Bewick registered 21 digs.
The Bears trailed 21-16 and 24-18 in the fourth set. Facing elimination, the Bears went on a 6-0 run to take a 25-24 advantage. After trading the next five points, a pair of Anderson attack errors gave LR the 29-27 victory.
The Bears ran out of steam in the fith set as Anderson won 15-9.
Lenoir-Rhyne has now lost nine straight to Anderson with seven being decided in three or four sets and now 11-15 all-time against Anderson.
Anderson sits in second place in the standings, tied with Carson-Newman. The Bears are now in seventh in the league standings. The Bears drop to 5-4 overall and 5-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will close out the regular season next Saturday when they travel to Catawba.