The Stetson volleyball team fell to Wofford and Hampton by identical 3-1 scores Saturday on the final day of the 2012 Stetson Clarion Classic at the Edmunds Center. Hatter senior Monique Russell and junior Kaley Melville were selected to the all-tournament team.
Central Arkansas went a perfect 4-0 on the weekend to claim the tournament title.
In Stetson's match against Hampton, the Lady Pirates (4-5) grabbed an early 2-0 lead, winning each of the first two sets by the same 25-23 count. In the second set, the Hatters (1-7) had trailed 15-8 but fought back to tie the game at 20 and again at 23.
After a third set that went the Hatters way 25-17, Stetson once again found itself down big in set four 17-9. But a 9-1 run that featured three kills from freshman Cailyn Prewitt tied the game 18-18. Hampton responded with a 4-0 run of its own, and despite one more pushback from Stetson, the Lady Pirates held on for the 25-22 victory.
"We are playing some good teams, but we absolutely have to fix some things," Stetson head coach Tim Loesch said. "We had the same challenges today that we faced yesterday, and while we did a little better job of following the game plan, we still had critical breakdowns at important times. Our opponents are going through the same learning process, and I was hoping we would be ahead of schedule, but we have got to do it at a faster rate."
Melville finished the match with 16 kills, bringing her tournament total to 44. Russell picked up 16 digs after collecting 27 digs earlier in the day against Wofford.
"I am proud of Kaley Melville and Monique Russell, they gave a great effort the entire weekend," Loesch said. "They had some help at times, but not consistent enough."
Prewitt finished the Hampton match with 11 kills, and Kelli Carneal approached a triple double with seven kills, 21 assists, and 12 digs.
In the Wofford match, Stetson took the first set 25-23, but dropped the next three 25-23, 25-15, 25-15.
Prewitt led the Hatters with 13 kills, while Ellen Hawks added 10 kills and three blocks. Russell topped the 25-dig mark for the second time this season, and Melville picked up 18 digs. Freshman Kayla Weller added 17 assists and nine digs.
"The girls are as disappointed as I am, but this is competitive collegiate athletics, and they have got to learn what it takes to be on the winning end of these close matches," Loesch said. "It's good that we have a match coming up on Tuesday so we can get back on track."
Stetson will host Volusia County rival Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Edmunds Center.