ROCKY MOUNT, N.C.- The NC Wesleyan volleyball team fell to nearby conference rival Peace University in three tough sets on Tuesday night inside of a boisterous Everett Gym crowd on "Dig For a Cure Pink Night".
Peace raced out to a big lead in game one and then held off a Bishop rally to take the first game 25-18. The Pacers then controlled the second set from the start to pick up the game win 25-15. A thrilling third game then saw Wesleyan jump out to a lead only to see Peace rally and retake the edge. However, NCWC came right back to tie the match at 23 behind a raucous crowd before succumbing 25-23.
Peace improved to 14-5 overall and 8-1 in the conference with the win while Wesleyan fell to 8-14 overall and 3-6 in the USA South.
Freshman right side hitter Sydney Barnwell led the Bishops by hitting her season high of .318 with 9 kills and only 2 errors with 4 assists, 5 digs and a block. Junior outside hitter Autumn Spence also played well hitting .278 with 6 kills and only one error along with 4 digs. Hannah Thrasher also had 6 kills and hit a team-best .333.
The Bishops are next in action on Friday night when they travel to Virginia to face Randolph College at 5:30 Pm before heading to Averett University (Va.) for a tri-match on Saturday at 2 PM.