ELMHURST, Ill. - The women's volleyball team, who has advanced to the NCAA tournament for the past four years, began their 2019 season with a split on the opening day of the Elmhurst tournament in the Chicagoland area. The Panthers gained a five-set win against North Central in the first match of the season, followed by a four-set loss to Heidelberg in their nightcap.
After falling behind 25-23 and 25-10 in the first two sets against North Central, Greenville rallied with 25-19, 25-21, and 15-13 wins in the final three sets to take the win.
Newcomers Jasmin Smith and Sacorra Patton produced double-double efforts to lead the squad. Smith picked up team-leading totals in kills and digs with 18 kills and 24 digs in the victory. Patton provided support with 16 kills and 15 digs.
The Panthers hit at a .156 rate in the match with 53 kills, 25 errors, and 180 attacks.
In the match against Heidelberg, Greenville opened with a 25-23 win in set one, but they ran out of steam, falling 25-14, 25-16, 25-18 in sets two through four.
Patton gave GU another double-double match with 15 kills and 15 digs.
Smith ended just one kill from a double-double as she collected nine kills and a team-high 17 digs.
Murray again led Greenville with 34 assists.
The Panthers finished 42-29-151 on the attack to hit at a rate of .086.
Tha Panthers (1-1) play in the Elmhurst tournament on Saturday against Alma and Augustana.