September 23, 2011

Vikings Rally For 5-Set Win Over RedHawks; Comeback Bid vs. RMC Falls Just Short

Vikings Storm Back to Defeat Martin Methodist; Hargrove Records 1,000th Career Dig

Berry stormed back from a two-set deficit to defeat Martin Methodist in the Vikings' second match of the day at the Emory Homecoming Tournament in Atlanta Friday.  The Vikings fell to Randolph Macon in five sets in the team's earlier contest.

In the Martin Methodist match, Berry (7-7 overall) dropped the first two sets 22-25 and 23-25, respectively, but rallied in the final three sets, winning 25-9, 25-20, 15-7 to complete the comeback victory.

Claire Scott recorded 16 kills, 20 digs and two service aces for Berry against the RedHawks. Meredith Hopper added 12 kills, 10 digs and a pair of blocks, while Kelsey Lochstampfor was a force at the net, recording five block assists and a block solo.

Kristin Hargrove, who became the fifth player in school history, and the second this season after Scott, to surpass the 1,000 dig plateau in the earlier match against Randolph Macon, picked up 19 digs and a service ace against Martin Methodist.

Berry nearly came from behind in the same fashion against Randolph Macon as it did against Martin Methodist after dropping the first two sets in that match.  The Yellow Jackets took the first set 25-17 and then won a nailbiter in the second set, 25-23.  But the Vikings would not go away, claiming the third set 25-17 before tying the match with a 25-19 win in the fourth frame. 

Berry would push Randolph Macon as far as it could in the tiebreaker, but RMC would go on to win the match with a 16-14 win in the final set. 

Scott led the Vikings with 13 kills and 28 digs against RMC, while Lochstampfor added 10 kills, two block assists and a service ace.  Hopper finished with 10 kills, 19 digs, four blocks and a service ace; Sarah Steffan pitched in 10 kills, 15 digs and a pair of block assists and Stephanie Quinn delivered 50 assists and three kills. 

Hargrove, a juior libero from Lewis Center, Ohio, entered the Randolph Macon match with 975 digs, and tallied 28 against the Yellow Jackets to put her over the top. 

She finished the day with 1,022 career digs.

Berry returns to action Saturday, when it plays Virginia Wesleyan at 2 p.m., before matching up against tournament host Emory, the nation's fourth-ranked team, at 4:30 p.m.

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