ROANOKE, Va. – Ferrum College split a pair of matches this evening in the Maroon Classic, hosted by Roanoke College. The first match saw the Panthers get their first win of the season, 3-2 over Mary Baldwin University in a five-set thriller. Ferrum rounded out day one in Roanoke with a 3-0 loss to N.C. Wesleyan College.
Ferrum def. Mary Baldwin, 25-22, 21-25, 26-24, 14-25, 15-13
N.C. Wesleyan def. Ferrum, 25-18, 25-13, 25-17
Mary Baldwin (1-5)
N.C. Wesleyan (1-2)
Match number one saw the Panthers enter the win column for the first time this season. It took five sets to take down Mary Baldwin. Layura Henley and Chemaiya Jordan led the way in the kills department for the Panthers with 11 apiece, along with a .348 hitting percentage from Henley. Halee Bly came up big for the Panthers on the back row, notching 18 digs, with Morgan McCoy joining in for 16. Arielle Tritt and Ashley Roberts posted 18 assists apiece in the winning effort.
In the nightcap, the Panthers fell to N.C. Wesleyan 3-0. Ferrum was unable to get anything working on the court, as the Bishops were able to dictate the pace of play throughout the match. Cameron Hawkins had a good showing for the Panthers, leading the team with six kills. Cassidy Burke also had a breakout game for Ferrum, scoring five kills.
BEHIND THE WHISTLE
"The team battled in today's matches against Mary Baldwin and N.C. Wesleyan and fortunately we were able to finally put a one in the Win column. The talent is there, but we continue to dig holes and will be something we continue to work on. I am so proud of them for fighting today and beating MBU in five sets and competing with N.C. Wesleyan." -- Head Coach Ruthanne Duffy
The Panthers will be back in action at the Cregger Center tomorrom morning, Saturday, September 7th, at 11:00 a.m. to face a familiar foe in Maryville College. This will wrap-up play for the Panthers in the Maroon Classic.