PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Lots of points were scored on Tuesday, 204 to be exact, but it’ll be the final 11 that everyone remembers.
After rallying past host Shawnee State University to force a fifth set, the University of Pikeville volleyball team overcame an 8-5 deficit with a 10-1 run to grab the Mid-South Conference win on the road.
Rachel Murphy led the attack with a career-high 17 kills at a .256 clip, while also posting a career high in blocks with four and 11 digs. Savanna Zakman dished out a season-best 42 assists to go along with 11 kills and Sydney Hall chipped in with 13 kills at a .375 mark.
Defensively, UPIKE (15-11, 2-7 MSC) got a match-best 23 digs from Natalia Gascot and Hall and Amari Eadie added three blocks each.
For the match, Pikeville outhit SSU (3-19, 0-12 MSC) .211 to .164 and led the match in aces 10-2 and blocks 14-11.
The Bears of the UPIKE variety opened the match with a hard-fought 27-25 win, but couldn’t ride the momentum over the next two sets, losing 25-20 and 25-19.
Then the fourth set happened, and it ended with UPIKE outhitting SSU .394 to .029 on its way to a dominant 25-14 win. Pikeville never trailed in the frame, enjoying multiple leads as large as 11 points. The lopsided win may have helped pave the way for the comeback that was around the corner.
After 10 points had been won in the fifth set, the score was all knotted up at 5-5 before Shawnee went on a 3-0 run to build the first real lead of the frame. But starting with a kill by Cassidy Tackett, UPIKE went on to score 10 of the next 11 points, including an 8-0 run to take a 13-8 lead.