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Pacers drop 5-set thriller to Saints

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FLAGLER 3, USC AIKEN 2

The USC Aiken volleyball team lost a 3-2 decision to Flagler on Friday.

The Pacers are now 13-3 overall and 3-2 in league play. The Saints are 11-3 on the year and 5-0 in the PBC.

Alisha Pitt led the Pacers (13-3, 3-2 Peach Belt Conference) with a team-high 16 kills while hitting .444. Alie Smith notched a double-double with 15 kills and 21 digs. Anita Cookey-Gam hit .296 while smashing 10 kills. Kayla Duggan contributed seven kills while Emily Lammers tallied six.

While running a 6-2, Caroline Foster totaled 33 assists and 10 digs. Sophie Meredith accounted for 16 assists and four digs.

Defensively, Kari Mercer led everyone with 36 digs. At the net, Smith had two solo blocks while Duggan had one. Duggan led the team with four total blocks while Pitt chipped in three block assists.

In the first set, Foster dished out her 1,000th career assist while set two featured Smith registering her 1,500th career kill.

The Pacers came back from down 19-16 to win the first set, 25-22, but the Saints (11-3, 5-0) took the second, 25-20, and the third, 25-18, to put themselves on the verge of a match win.

USCA extended the match with a 25-23 victory in the fourth, but Flagler raced out to an 11-3 lead in the fifth and withstood a USCA rally to win it, 15-10.

The Pacers return to action at 6 p.m. Wednesday when they host Lander.

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