Augusta University falls to Falcons in league match, Sadie Thurston cards 51 assists
MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The Augusta University women's volleyball team played their 20th match of the 2015 season and dropped their second match of the year to the Montevallo Falcons 3-1 on the road in the Trustmark Arena. Jaguar sophomore Sadie Thurston posted a personal career-high 51 assists and 23 digs in the match.
Augusta (13-7, 5-5 PBC) out-attacked the UM Falcons (16-8, 8-3 PBC) in their last meeting on Sept. 19 .260 to .238, but couldn't comeback late in the match much like this road test. Thurston assisted 51 kills on the night and set two new personal accolades while leading all players.
Montevallo started the scoring first, but the Jaguars answered with four-straight points to take a 5-1 lead in the opening set. Augusta led 16-9 at one point and was paced by Kali Boatwright's five kills.
Montevallo chipped away at the lead and tied it 22-all on a Jaguar attack error. Both teams' offense came on strong in set one as the Jags recorded a .385 attack percentage, but Montevallo's .400 gave them the edge.
Augusta tied the match 1-1 in set two. Up 24-23 with junior Jordan Bickett on serve, Augusta scored a set-ending point on a Boatwright kill. In set three, the Jags went down early and trailed for the majority of play.
They trailed 24-17 and Blair Bolton struck a kill on the right side to push Augusta closer. UM held on and an assisted block ended the set for a 2-1 Falcon advantage.
The first point of set four went to the Jaguars. The match continued as a back-and-forth affair in the start of the set with the scored tied across the first seven points before Augusta took a 9-7 lead. The Falcons answered back to take a strong lead and eventually won 25-19 and 25-21 set four to seal the match.
The Jaguars host Lander for a Peach Belt match this Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse. On Saturday, Oct. 24, Augusta will host their annual Pink Out game to raise awareness and support for the Cancer Center on Saturday, Oct. 24 against rival USC Aiken at 2:00 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse. All proceeds and donations will be given to the university Cancer Center.
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