MARYVILLE, Tenn. - The Huntingdon volleyball team saw its season come to an end Friday evening, when it fell to Piedmont 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-18) in the semifinals of the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament, hosted by Maryville College. Earlier on Friday, the Lady Hawks defeated LaGrange for the fourth time this season, winning 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-14) in the quarterfinal round.
In the contest against the Panthers (7-26), junior Clare Shannon led the offense with eight kills, while fellow junior Jessica Sharker added six kills. Sophomore Abby Carter chipped in five kills, but was even more efficient at the net, where she recorded six solo blocks.
Junior Krissie Jones anchored the defense, leading three Lady Hawks to post double-digit dig totals with 16. Senior Carrie Cabaniss recorded 13 digs, while sophomore Alyssa Eason added 10 digs and a team-high 10 assists. Junior Christine Whiten posted a team-high three service aces.
In the late match of the day, Huntingdon could not overcome a slow start in falling to the Lady Lions (21-8). As a result of the victory, Piedmont advanced to the finals to take on host Maryville on Saturday at 4 p.m. EST.
Shannon was again the top hitter for the team, posting a match-high 11 kills. Playing her final collegiate match, senior Kayla Schuran added nine kills, eight digs and two solo blocks.
Jones led the Lady Hawks with 15 digs, while Shannon added eight and freshman Bianca Hulsey chipped in seven.
The loss to the Lady Lions ends the Lady Hawks season at 18-13 overall. The 18 victories are the most by Huntingdon under the direction of fourth-year head coach Megan Aiello.