CLINTON, S.C. — Sarah Lankford had to wait until the second day of her college career before she made her official debut.
The longtime Mount Airy High School multi-sport athlete, who signed with Presbyterian College’s volleyball program during the spring signing season, opened her career with the Blue Hose without getting into the team’s first two matches, against Georgia and LIU-Brooklyn as part of a two-day event hosted by Georgia on Aug. 25 and 26. She made her first appearance in college volleyball on the 26th, when Presbyterian faced George Mason.
Lankford entered the match during the third set, and made her first college assist shortly thereafter, when she assisted on a kill by Caroline Henderson to give the Blue Hose a 10-9 lead in the set. She played out the remainder of the set, without making any errors but also with few chances to do anything else, as Presbyterian scored just four more points before the match ended.
The Blue Hose played their next matches on Sept. 1-2 at UNC-Greensboro. Presbyterian lost to UNGC on the first day of the event and fell to 0-4 in a match where Lankford didn’t play, but did play the next morning when the Blue Hose earned their first win of the season, downing Delaware State 25-12, 27-25, 25-17. She scored two assists in the third set, on kills by Henderson and Allie Wright.
Lankford was also in on the team’s second match of the day, when the Blue Hose took on North Carolina A&T and won 25-20, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17. She participated in two of the sets, checking into the match very early to take the dig on Presbyterian’s first point.
The Blue Hose will seek to build on their two-match winning streak when they travel to Baltimore on Friday and Saturday to play in the Charm City Challenge. They face Loyola (Md.) and Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday and then take on Morgan State at noon on Saturday.