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Panthers Go 1-1 In Non-Conference Tri-Match

Arielle Tritt and Mia Schaeffer
Arielle Tritt and Mia Schaeffer

FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College split a pair of non-conference matches today in Swartz Gymnasium. Regent University and N.C. Wesleyan College joined the Panthers to make up the field at the tri-match.

Ferrum (3-8)
N.C Wesleyan (5-7)
Regent (1-6)

Ferrum def. Regent 25-23, 26-24, 26-28, 25-17
N.C. Wesleyan def. Ferrum 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-12

Ferrum College made its way into the win column early Saturday afternoon with a win over Regent University. Molly Patterson and Ashlynn Willoughby led the Panthers in the hitting department, notching ten kills apiece. Chemaiya Jordan was close behind with nine, and also sported a cool .304 hitting percentage. Arielle Tritt was credited with 17 assists, while Ashley Roberts contributed 16 of her own. Layura Henley held down the back row, collecting 14 digs. Morgan McCoy helped the efforts as well, totaling 13 digs. Henley was also all over the net, recording 5 block assists and a solo block. It was Burke who shut the door on the Royals in the fourth set, putting the ball down for a huge point, leading the Panthers to victory.

The second match didn't go the way of the Panthers. Ferrum College came up just short of the comeback against the Battling Bishops of N.C. Wesleyan, dropping the fifth and final set 15-12. The Panthers had to fight off elimination in the previous set, as it was Burke again clinching the fourth set. Ferrum led as much as 12-9 in the closing stanza, but was just unable to come up with the win. Layura Henley had a career game on the back row, recording 24 digs, leading both teams in the category. Chemaiya Jordan was able to score ten kills to lead the Panther offense. Arielle Tritt and Ashley Roberts were busy on the floor as well, notching 15 assists and 14 assists, respectively.

"I am proud of this team and am so happy to see the heart and the determination today. It won us a game and put us in a position to win another one. We came up short, but I am pleased to see the progress we are making this season, and how much better we are getting every game we play." --Head Coach Ruthanne Duffy

Coach Duffy's squad will be back at home Wednesday, September 25 in Swartz Gymnasium for their next match. The Panthers will take on Randolph for their first ODAC match of the season; game time is set for 7 p.m.