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WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University opened up its 2010 USA South Conference volleyball schedule with a 3-0 sweep of Ferrum College Wednesday afternoon.
The Hornets (5-1, 1-0 USA South) needed just 48 minutes to dispatch the Panthers (0-6, 0-1), winning at 12, 20 and 13.
The win over Ferrum is also the first for Shenandoah since Oct. 19, 2005. Ferrum had won the last nine matches between the two schools.
SU dominated play throughout Wednesday's match, leading throughout and never allowing the Panthers to get into any sort of rhythm. Ferrum had the lead just four times in the match, and only once in the opening two sets.
On serve receive to start the match, the Hornets scored the initial point on a Mary Harshman kill off a Kelcy Brown assist and then proceeded to reel off nine of the game's next 12 points to force a Ferrum time-out.
The break did not have its desired effect -- SU went on a 9-3 run to lead 19-6 as the Panthers took their second and final time-out of the set.
Three straight points, the last earned on defense, gave the hosts the opening set.
Ferrum scored the opening point of the set, but another big Shenandoah run, this one 10 of 14, put the Hornets in front to stay.
SU held at least a three-point advantage throughout the set before finishing it off with a second 3-0 run.
The two teams traded the first eight points of the third and final set before Shenandoah seized control with a 9-1 run to lead 14-5 midway through the set.
The hosts closed out the match by scoring eight of the final 10 points.
Harshman paced the offense with 10 kills and also chipped in a match-high nine digs.
Kayla Trippeer had eight kills for the Panthers.
The Hornets continue USA South play Friday with a tri-match at Averett against the host Cougars and Methodist.
Hornets 2, Eagles 2
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah ran its women's soccer unbeaten streak to four games Wednesday night with a 2-2 non-league tie against Bridgewater College.
Much like their scoreless draw on the same Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf in 2008, SU (3-2-1) and BC (1-4-1) battled back and forth over 110 minutes Wednesday night.
Bridgewater took the early lead on an Alyssa Monninger goal in the 24th minute; Monninger got her own rebound following a Kat Terza save and scored when her second shot was deflected over Terza's head.
Shenandoah brought the contest back to even in the 54th minute when freshman Brittany Butcher finished off a shot in front of Eagles keeper Shauna Manovich for an unassisted tally.
Just more than 20 minutes later, Butcher helped her side to the lead for the first time when she found classmate Jenna Kline wide open along the left side and Kline blasted her shot from 20 yards past Manovich into the right panel.
Unfortunately for the SU crowd, Bridgewater had one last rally in itself.
At 82:05, Sara Taylor lofted a perfect shot over Terza's head from just outside the 18-yard box to once again bring the game back to even.
The two teams traded nine shots in the 20 minutes of overtime (five for Bridgewater) without either achieving the golden goal.
Terza had a season-high 13 saves, with Manovich stopping six for the visitors.
Shenandoah is off until hosting McDaniel next Wednesday night at 7 p.m.