Spartanburg, S.C. – Madison Haake recorded her tenth straight double-double on Tuesday evening to lead the USC Upstate volleyball team to its third consecutive five-set victory following a 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-12) win over the Presbyterian College Blue Hose in its non-conference finale from the Hodge Center.
The Spartans even their record at 9-9 on the season while Presbyterian College falls to 2-14 overall.
STATS OF THE MATCH
- Upstate has now played in nine five-set matches this season and improves to 5-4 in those contests.
- Haake paced the Spartans with 52 assists and 11 digs for her 14th double-double of the season.
- Brianna Tellschow led Upstate offensively with 12 kills while Emily Koelling added nine.
- The Spartans had five players finish with double-digit digs led by 22 from Kaleigh Kelley.
- Erin Eulitz led the Blue Hose with a double-double on 17 kills and 20 digs. Sierra Davis had a match-high 20 kills.
- Presbyterian College out-hit Upstate .147 to .144 but the Spartans held a 7-1 advantage in service aces.
- Set One: The teams exchanged the first 26 points of the first set and saw the score even at 13-13 on an Upstate service error. The Spartans broke the set open courtesy of an 8-3 run to lead 21-16 after an attack error by the Blue Hose. Presbyterian College rallied to within two points, 24-22, late. A Blue Hose service error on the next play gave Upstate the 25-22 win.
- Set Two: Presbyterian College jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the second set after scoring the first four points. Upstate managed to trim its deficit down to four points twice in the early stages with the last coming at 11-7 on Tellschow's kill. The Blue Hose used an 8-4 run midway to take their largest lead, 19-11, after a kill from Davis. The Spartans fought back to within four again, 23-19, following a Koelling kill, but Presbyterian College went on to capture the set 25-20.
- Set Three: Upstate maintained a lead for a majority of the third set after holding an early 10-5 advantage with a kill from Callie Yeargin. The Blue Hose tied the score at 17-17 after going on a 12-7 run, and would go on to lead 20-17 three plays later. The Spartans answered back to make the score 24-24 with a combination block by Haake and Tellschow. Two straight Upstate attack errors gave Presbyterian College the 26-24 triumph.
- Set Four: After splitting the initial ten points, the Spartans extended their lead out to 12-7 on a service ace by Haake. The Blue Hose cut their deficit down to 15-13, only to see Upstate lead by at least three points the rest of the way. The Spartans held their largest lead of the set of seven points four times with the last coming when Yeargin won the set, 25-18, with her kill.
- Set Five: Upstate scored the first eight points of the fifth set behind the serving of Kelley. Presbyterian College responded to make the score 12-10 late on a Spartan attack error. Upstate held off the rally and won 15-12 when Koelling and Rebecca Shearer teamed up for a block.
- The Spartans step back into ASUN play this weekend as they travel to Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast. Upstate plays at Stetson on Friday and Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday with both matches scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.