PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Pikeville volleyball nearly secured its second consecutive win on Friday but had the victory slip through its fingers as Shawnee State came back from down 2-0 to win 3-2 (19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-10).
The match quickly became a nearly one-on-one battle between UPIKE's Noelani Simpson and Shawnee's Macie Rhoads. The two attackers dominated the match with 25 and 22 kills, respectively.
Pikeville built its two-set lead on the heels of its defense, which forced Shawnee into many offensive errors. The first set was close until a 6-0 UPIKE run put the Bears up by seven. Shawnee had three errors in that time alone.
The second set was much closer with neither team building a large lead over the other, but Megan Frazier ended the set with one of her 12 kills on the night.
Shawnee stepped up the defense in the third set and threw Pikeville's then-strong offense off. UPIKE committed 10 errors in the set, while Rhodes came alive. 14 of her 22 kills came from the third set on.
Rhodes' dominance really broke through in the fourth set when she tallied seven kills in that time alone.
After Shawnee had come back to tie the match, that momentum carried into the fifth set as they leaped out to a 10-3 lead. UPIKE tried its best to claw back and got the lead down to 13-10, but couldn't complete the comeback.