Panthers rally but can't complete comeback

Ferrum College freshman hitter Molly Patterson (No. 1) battles a North Carolina Wesleyan College blocker at the net during a match that was played at Roanoke College’s Creeger Center earlier this season.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ferrum College erased a two-set deficit, but was unable to complete its comeback Thursday in a 3-2 non-conference volleyball loss to Piedmont International at the Pope Activities Center.

Set scores were 25-17, 25-21, 18-25, 24-26, 15-9.

“Despite the outcome, I am proud of our team for fighting back after being down 0-2. They showed some fire out there,’’ Panthers head coach Ruthanne Duffy said.

“We just need to be able to get over the hump and finish strong at the end after working so hard to get to that last set,’’ Duffy said.

Ferrum (3-13) is 2-3 in five set matches this season. All of those matches are non-conference encounters.

Olivia Bullard netted a match-best 28 kills for Piedmont International (10-6).

Also, Lydia Horne tallied four blocks, Cameron Dubuc collected 24 digs and Chelsea Edwards. Served three aces.

Piedmont International finished the match with advantages in hitting percentage (.077-.014) and aces (11-5), while Ferrum held edgesd in blocks (9.5-7) and digs (80-74).

Layura Henley paced the Panthers with seven kills and 21digs, while Halee Bly totaled six kills.

Also, Arielle Tritt distributed 16 assists and Ashley Roberts passed out 10, while Mikayla Thorpe served three aces and Chemaiya Jordan tallied six blocks: three solo and three block assists.

Ferrum’s loss is its sixth in a row.

The Panthers are 1-7 this season in matches played on the opponents’ home floor or on a neutral floor.

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