SALEM — Ferrum College’s volleyball team won one of three matches this past weekend in the annual Maroon Classic, hosted by Roanoke College at the Cregger Center.
The Panthers (1-5) defeated Mary Baldwin University, 3-2, for their first victory of the 2019 campaign, then sustained shut-out setbacks to North Carolina Wesleyan College and Maryville (Tennesse) College, both by 3-0 counts.
Set scores from the Mary Baldwin match were 25-22, 21-25, 26-24, 14-25, 15-13.
Set scores from the North Carolina Wesleyan contest were 25-18, 25-13, 25-17.
Set scores from the Maryville encounter was 25-10, 25-15, 25-16.
The Panthers played Mary Baldwin and N.C. Wesleyan in back-to-back matches Friday and completed play in the two-day event Saturday against Maryville.
In the Mary Baldwin win, Layura Henley and Chemaiya Jordan each netted 11 kills as Henley finished the match with a .348 hitting percentage.
Halee Bly collected 18 digs and Morgan McCoy registered 16, while Ferrum setters Arielle Tritt and Ashley Roberts each distributed 18 assists.
In the N.C. Wesleyan match, Cameron Hawkins totaled six kills and Cassidy Burke tallied five kills.
“The team battled (Friday) against Mary Baldwin and N.C. Wesleyan and, fortunately, we were able to put one in the win column,’’ Panthers head coach Ruthanne Duffy said.
“The talent is there, but we continue to dig holes and (not doing that) will be something we will continue to work on,’’ Duffy said.
“I am so proud of them for fighting (Friday) and beating Mary Baldwin in five sets and competing with N.C. Wesleyan,’’ Duffy said.
In the Maryville match, the Scots built a 13-5 lead in the first set en route to a victory and in the second set, they used an 11-4 scoring surge to take a 2-0 advantage in sets.
The Panthers led 9-7 at one point in the deciding set courtesy of blocks by Burke, Jordan and Henley.
Maryville responded by outscoring Ferrum 18-7 the rest of the way.
For her performance in the three matches, Jordan was selected to the all-tournament team.
Roanoke College, an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) rival of Ferrum’s, finished undefeated in the tournament.
The Maroons’ roster features three former Franklin County prep standouts, all of whom are freshman: Logan Pasley, Bailee Heatwole and Abbey Justice.
Pasley distributed 20 assists in the win over Mary Baldwin and passed out 15 assists and served five aces in a victory over Maryville.
On Saturday, Pasley totaled 16 assists in a 3-0 win over Greensboro (North Carolina) College and she reached double figures in assists in a triumph over Piedmont (Georgia) College.
Heatwole, an outside hitter, is returning the sport after missing her senior season at FCHS because of a knee injury. Justice has seen action as a back-row passer for the Maroons.
Ferrum opens ODAC play today against Guilford College. Match time in Greensboro, North Carolina is 7 p.m.