Princeton spoiled Greenville’s season opener in volleyball on Tuesday in the Lions Den, winning 25-21, 25-20, 25-18.
“We were a little sloppy tonight,” said Lady Lions coach Jenna Sickels. “We fought hard to come back in the second and third sets, but came up a little short.”
Kelsi McNair led Greenville with four kills, followed by Jenna Wade with two.
Wade led in blocks with three, followed by Alyssa Mitchell with one.
Jayde Sickels topped the Lady Lions’ defense with six digs, followed by McNair with four.
McNair served for a team-high six aces.
The Lady Lions will return to action on Thursday in the Princeton tournament with matches scheduled for 3 and 5 p.m.
Princeton jumped out to a 11-5 advantage in the first set. Greenville rallied to tie the match at 13-13. But Princeton outscored the Lady Lions 12-8 during the rest of the set.
Princeton opened the second set with leads of 6-0 and 9-1. Greenville fought back to within 17-15 but could get no closer than two points.
Princeton also led for most of the third set though the Lady Lions pulled to within one point a couple of times.
Julie Milligan paced the Lady Panthers with eight kills, followed by Brianna Barch with six.
Summer Starr sparked Princeton’s defense with 13 digs and Presley Shearin added nine.
Presley Shearin, Kami Malouf and Gracee Nocktonick served for Princeton aces.
Princeton went 22-14 last season, including a victory over the Lady Lions in four sets. Greenville was a 22-16 playoff team.
Princeton took the junior varsity match, 25-15, 27-29, 25-22. Greenville claimed the freshman contest, 25-20, 20-25, 25-13.