In their first game in 464 days, the Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team defeated Tusculum 3-0 to open the season. Despite being hired more than a year ago, Coach Shannon Hudson finally got to coach her first career match at LR and earned the victory.
Taylor Prall led the Bears with 13 kills. With her 13 kills, Prall is now 41 away for 1,000 on her career. The senior added 12 digs for a double-double.
Ashley Hawkins and Colette Romp each added seven kills. For Hawkins, it was her first career start at outside hitter after playing her first two seasons as a libero.
Helen Hamilton dished out 19 assists in the match and added a pair of kills. Rachel Bewick and Anna Jordan each finished with 13 digs on the evening.
Braelyn Faust added four total blocks for LR and a pair of kills.
Tusculum swept the season series a year ago and had won three straight against Lenoir-Rhyne
Tusculum still owns the all-time series between the two programs 31-22. Dating back to 2019, each of the Bears last five wins have been sweeps
The Bears are 1-0 overall and in South Atlantic Conference play. L-R will return to action Friday evening as they host Mars Hill at 7 p.m.