Quentin M. Reed – Assistant Director of Athletic Communication
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer Falcons dropped a pair of three-set matches on Sunday afternoon as they hosted the Ferrum Panthers (2-11) and the William Peace Pacers (8-10).
In a match one, the Panthers won a tough three-setter by the score of 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.
In set one, both teams struggled to hit as Ferrum put up a mark of .143 but the Falcons hit .-051. The visitors jumped out to a quick 5-2 start but the Falcons battled back to take a lead as Kaylee Freed had a couple of kills and a service ace. Again the Falcons reeled off four consecutive points but with the help of Panther errors for a 12-9 lead.
Ferrum was able to come back to the lead, 21-20 as they finished off the set with three consecutive Falcon attack errors.
Set two saw some of the same action as the Falcons jumped out to their largest lead at 12-6 but Ferrum was able to chip away at Pfeiffer's. At, 22-16, they were able to score the on points from kills from Layura Henry and Cheyenne Strickland each had kills and a service ace by Mikayla Holland. Stickland gave Ferrum the lead with two more kills to close out the set.
Pfeiffer fell behind by three in the third set but fought back as they tied it at 14-14. Bri Weber had consecutive kills to go along with a Sam Smith kill in that rally. Pfeiffer was able to hang around and keep the scored tied at 22, but the Panthers won the next three points to sweep the match.
Emma Gray Beachum came off the bench to lead the Pfeiffer team with 13 assists and Erin Errington led the team with eight kills.
Cheyenne Strickland led the match with 11 kills for the Panthers.
William Peace in match two overmatched the young Falcon squad as they were able to hit .292 while Pfeiffer hit positive but just at .071.
In set one, the Pacers hit an outstanding .406 as Lindsay Alford had six kills on nine chances. Errington tried to keep the Falcons in it with her three kills on five attempts. The Pacers went on to win 25-18 with help of Liana Solomon's 12 assists.
Between set two and three, Solomon had 19 more assists as William Peace went on to win 25-14, 25-13 to finish off the match.
Katie Anne Wilson led the Falcons in the match 15 assists while Errington had eight more kills.
The Falcons return to action on Thursday, October 5th as they travel to Salem College for a 7 p.m. first serve.