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Emmaleigh Allen
Emmaleigh Allen had nine kills for the Bears in the three set win on Friday.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Wins Sixth Straight

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team ran its winning streak to six in a row with a comeback victory over Newberry on Saturday afternoon. The Bears dropped the first set but rallied back to take the final three frames including a dominating 25-6 clinching win in the fourth set.

A back-and-forth first set would go to Newberry by a final of 25-23 thanks largely to a 6-0 spurt from the Wolves to turn an 11-8 deficit to a 14-11 lead. After LR evened it at 14, Newberry pulled away with five unanswered points. Trailing 24-18, LR would not go down easily as an Emma Clark kill capped a 5-0 run that cut the lead to 24-23 but Newberry finished off the first set on a kill by Baylor Herlehy.

Newberry jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the second set but the Bears stormed back and scored 12 of the next 16 points to go up 14-10. Newberry eventually reclaimed the lead and took a 21-19 edge as well as 22-21. With the set tied at 24, Emmaleigh Allen connected on back-to-back kills to give LR a 26-24 win.

In the crucial third set, LR would break the spirit of Newberry with a clutch 29-27 victory. Allen’s ace capped the frame that saw LR hit .304 and hold a 21-14 advantage in kills. The last stanza was all LR as the Bears hit .423 and held Newberry to -.176 hitting. LR had zero errors in the set and Newberry had 10. After Newberry cut it to 5-3, LR scored 20 of the last 23 points to grab the victory.

Allen had a monster performance with 23 kills and a .465 hitting percentage to go with nine digs, two aces and a block. Allen’s 23 kills are the most by any LR player in a match this season. Emma Clark had 11 kills and hit .529 to go with five blocks. Rachel Wildermuth had 21 assists and 14 digs and Ashley Hawkins added nine kills and 11 digs.

When these two met in Newberry last year, LR pulled out a dramatic five-set win after trailing 2-0. LR lost the second set 32-30 to fall down by two but rallied to win the final three sets 25-23, 25-23 and 15-12.

With one block in this match, Braelyn Faust is up to 220 career blocks.

The Bears improve to 38-22 all-time against Newberry and are 15-13 in Eleazer Arena.

The Bears are 8-3 overall. Lenoir-Rhyne is 4-0 in SAC play for the first time since 2017.. LR will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Wingate as the last two undefeated teams in league play in the Piedmont Division. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Wingate.