UNC ASHEVILLE DEFEATS SAVANNAH STATE, 25-7, 25-10, 25-12 | BOX SCORE
WINTHROP DEFEATED BY DAVIDSON, 25-9, 17-25, 15-25, 25-14, 13-15 | BOX SCORE
Winthrop's volleyball team got out to a great start in the first set of its opening match of the Wake Forest Invitational against Davidson, but the Eagles dropped a 3-2 decision to the Wildcats.
After claiming an almost unheard of 25-9 win in the opening set, Winthrop dropped back-to-back sets by the scores of 25-17, 25-15 before the Eagles rebounded to claim the fourth set 25-14 and send the match to a fifth and deciding set. Davidson hung on for a 15-13 win to claim the match and remain undefeated with a 2-0 record. With the loss, Winthrop drops to 3-2 on the season as it will now play two more matches on Saturday.
As a team Winthrop outhit Davidson as it turned in a .264 hitting percentage thanks in large part to its performance in the first and four sets when the Eagles hit .393 and .342. The Eagles compiled four more kills (58-54) and had managed one more block than the Wildcats. The digs were dead even at 65 each.
Zimmer, a middle hitter from Port Huron, MI, led the Eagles in hitting percentage as she hit .571 with 8 kills in 15 attempts and no errors. Both Palmer and Lenz hit better than .300 in the match.
Winthrop will return to action at 10 a.m. on Saturday as it faces UNC Wilmington. The Eagles will close out the tournament with a 7 p.m. match against host Wake Forest.
UNC ASHEVILLE FALLS TO NEW MEXICO, 22-25, 20-25, 14-25 | BOX SCORE
New Mexico had 11 services aces en route to a 3-0 victory over UNC Asheville in the first match for both teams at the Tiger Invitational at Savannah State Friday afternoon.
The Lobos won the match 25-22, 25-20 and 25-14. Asheville led 14-3 in the third set before allowing New Mexico to score the final 21 points to win the set and the match.
The Bulldogs face Savannah State in the second match of the day at approximately 3 p.m.
Anna Moore and Christine Lakatos led Asheville with seven kills each. Freshman setter Katie Davis had 25 assists and 11 digs. Chelsie Kenley and Moore contribute four blocks each.
Lakatos had three services and seven digs in the match. Rachel Wells also had seven digs.
The Bulldogs play twice on Saturday as they'll compete against Maryland Eastern Shore at 11 a.m. and Southern Utah at 3 p.m.
CAMPBELL DEFEATED BY GEORGETOWN, 28-26, 23-25, 8-25, 25-27 | BOX SCORE
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The Campbell volleyball team opened its match with a 28-26 set one victory, but Georgetown would battle back to take the next three frames, 23-25, 8-25 and 25-27, to notch a 3-1 win at the William & Mary Tribe Invitational on Friday night.
Junior setter Heather Wilson was just one kill away from her first-career triple-double as the Concord, N.C., native tallied 34 assists, 10 digs and nine kills, while tallying a .333 attacking pct.
Pacing the Camels’ offense was sophomore outside Jessica Groen hammering 11 kills and hitting a .219 rate. Nine kills were notched by junior middle blocker Lorin Thomas. Freshman middle blocker Sam Zuber generated a career-best eight kills.
Campbell posted a strong presence at the net as the team totaled nine blocks. Leading the way was junior middle blocker Lindsey Coats with six blocks followed by Thomas with five.
The Camels recorded a season-high 66 digs during the contest as four players reached double digits. Freshman libero Lauren Bewick dug up a career-best 20 attacks, while junior right side Chelsey Pachoud registered 12 digs. Seeing her first action of the season was junior defensive specialist Mallorie Chubillos, who totaled 11 digs.
Campbell returns to the court on Saturday with two matches against host William & Mary at 10 a.m. and Manhattan at 4:30 p.m. to complete the Tribe Invitational.
GARDNER-WEBB FALLS TO ELON, 21-25, 20-25, 13-25 | BOX SCORE
The Gardner-Webb volleyball team was haunted by a total of 34 errors on Friday night, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs fell in straight sets to Elon, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-13), at the Elon Phoenix Classic in Burlington, N.C.
The loss drops Gardner-Webb to 0-5 on the season, while Elon improves to 2-3 overall for the year.
Gardner-Webb committed 15 attack errors and 11 service errors in what was a close match for most of the night, as Elon took advantage of the errors in the three set win.
Junior Tyler Cockrell posted a team-high six kills, while fellow middle blockers Amanda Murphy and Tyra Montour added five kills apiece in the loss. Sophomore setter Heather Feldman dished out 25 assists to go along with seven digs and three kills over the three set match.
Elon was led by Kris Harris, who had a match-high 12 kills, as three Phoenix players posted an attack percentage of .400 or higher for the match.
The opening set saw a tight frame throughout, as the two teams traded points back-and-forth for most of the start of the contest. Back-to-back kills by Gardner-Webb’s Montour and Murphy, followed by an Elon attack error, knotted the score up for the third time at 6-6.
A Gardner-Webb service error gave the lead back to the Phoenix at 7-6, who held off the Runnin’ Bulldogs for a 14-12 lead, until a kill by freshman outside hitter Callie Hildebrand jump started a 5-2 run by the visitors to pull ahead by one at 17-16.
After the two teams traded the next six points to put the score at 20-19 in favor of the Runnin’ Bulldogs, Elon put together four straight points to retake the lead at 23-20.
An Elon attack error and a kill by junior outside hitter Erin Anderson would cut the Phoenix lead to two at 24-22, yet it would prove to be too little too late, as Chanelle Smith posted a kill to give Elon the 25-21 set win.
The second set proved to be much like the first, as the score would be tied four times including at 8-8 on a Hildebrand kill, before Elon went on a 4-1 run to pull out to a 13-11 lead on a kill by Harris.
Out of a Gardner-Webb timeout, the Runnin’ Bulldogs took advantage of three straight Elon errors to tie the score up once more at 15-15 and then again at 16-16 on a Carolina Solano kill.
However, Gardner-Webb would not be able to retake the lead for the remainder of the set, as Elon finished the set out on a 9-4 run to hold on to the 25-20 set win.
Down 2-0, Gardner-Webb’s Murphy put the Runnin’ Bulldogs down by one at 5-4 on a kill only to have the Phoenix run off the next five straight points to pull in front by five at 10-5 and force a Gardner-Webb timeout.
Despite kills from Montour and Cockrell, the deficit proved to be too much as the Runnin’ Bulldogs struggled to put together a string of points, falling behind by double digits in the 25-13 set loss.
Gardner-Webb (0-5) will return to action tomorrow, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs will take on Alabama at 10 a.m. and then wrap up play this weekend against N.C. Central at 4:30 p.m. on day two of the Elon Phoenix Classic in Burlington, N.C.
HIGH POINT DEFEATED BY AUBURN, 19-25, 15-25, 17-25 | BOX SCORE
The High Point University volleyball team lost to Auburn, 3-0, on Friday in the War Eagle Invitational. The Panthers got eight kills from sophomore Kristin Heldt and eight digs from sophomore Chelsea Davis.
Auburn snapped HPU’s four-game win streak with the 3-0 (19-25, 15-25, 17-25) defeat. High Point is now 4-2 on the season with one game left in the War Eagle Invitational.
Davis had seven kills to go along with eight digs and two blocks. Senior Courtney Johnk added six kills and freshman Wavie Chin and senior Molly Barlow had six digs each.
The Panthers got off to a slow start allowing the Tigers to jump out to a 15-10 lead in the first set. HPU scored four of the next five points to cut Auburn’s lead to two, 16-14 on an ace by Heldt. Auburn used a timeout to regain composure and held the lead the rest of the way, winning the set 25-19. Davis had six of HPU’s 13 kills in the frame.
Johnk went without a kill in the first set but made her presence known early in set two. She staked HPU to a quick 3-0 lead. She put down a kill for the first point, combined on a block with Jamie McDonald for the second and went up for a block on the third that forced Auburn attacker Courtney Mcdonald to send the ball long. The Panthers extended the lead to 7-3 on an ace by Johnk. Auburn rallied back to take a 13-12 lead and extended the advantage to 18-13. The Tigers went on to win the frame 25-15.
Auburn carried the momentum in to the final set, winning 25-17. Heldt had four of her eight kills in the final frame.
HPU will play its final game in the War Eagle Invitational on Saturday at noon. The Panthers will face Georgia Southern. The Eagles lost to Auburn and beat Jacksonville State on Friday.
COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATED BY PITTSBURGH, 20-25, 11-25, 23-25 | BOX SCORE
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team fell in its opening match of the Panther Invitational to host institution, University of Pittsburgh. Freshman Gabriella Horvath led the Chants with team-highs in kills, 11, and digs, 8. She hit .529 for the match while the rest of the team had a -.029 attack percentage.
The Chanticleers fall to 0-4 on the season while the Panthers improved to 2-2.
Pittsburgh took the first set, 25-20, the second, 25-11, and the third, 25-23.
Horvath had 11 of CCU’s 24 kills while the next highest Chant had just three kills. Sophomores Jenna Orner and Lian Bernett were second in digs to Horvath with five each while Bernett led the team in blocks with four. Junior Lauren Alejo picked up 18 assists from her setter position.
The Chants struggled in the opening two sets picking up just six kills in the first and five in the second. Despite their struggles the Chants led 8-4 early in the opening set as six errors by the Panthers and kills from Horvath and junior Kindra Bailey gave CCU their eight points. The Panthers did not stay down long as they mounted an 11-5 run to take a 15-9 lead midway through the set. CCU was able to cut the lead to just two on an attack error by the Panthers late in the set but with Pitt closed out the set with three-straight points to take a 25-20 opening set victory.
CCU struggled to find its rhythm in the second set as the Panthers jumped out to a 10-1 lead. Three Pitt errors and a kill by Horvath cut the Pitt lead to just five which forced Pitt head coach Toby Rens to call his first timeout of the set. The Panthers responded with a 15-6 run to close out the set 25-11.
The third set was back-and-forth the entire way with neither team holding more than a two-point lead. The Chants ended with 13 kills in the set compared to Pitt’s 11 kills but it was not enough as the Chants had nine errors while Pitt had just five. Horvath had her best set of the match with six kills and one error on nine total attacks good for a .556 attack percentage.
The Chants led late in the set 22-20 but back-to-back kills tied the game at 22 which forced CCU head coach Jozsef Forman to call his first timeout of the set. A block by Pitt coming out of the timeout gave the Panthers a one-point lead but Alejo answered with a kill off an assist from Horvath to tie the game at 23. A service error and a block ended the match giving Pittsburgh a 25-23 victory.
Pittsburgh was led by Jasmine Dittrich who had nine kills while two other Panthers had seven kills each.
The Chanticleers will return to action tomorrow as they battle Butler and Howard in the final day of the Panther Invitational.
PRESBYTERIAN FALLS TO ILLINOIS STATE, 22-25, 19-25, 24-26 | BOX SCORE
The Presbyterian College volleyball team opened the Redbird Classic, being held Aug. 31-Sept. 1, with a hard-fought 3-0 (22-25, 19-25, 24-26) loss to Illinois State tonight in Bloomington, Ill.
The Blue Hose fall to 1-5 overall while the Redbirds improve to 2-2.
Presley Mabrey led PC with eight kills, while Allison Brown followed with seven on the night. Mabrey and Ashtin Frank paced the team with 12 digs apiece, with Frank leading the assist margin with 27 as well.
PC posted 33 kills but suffered through 27 errors to finish the match with a .053 hitting percentage. Illinois State came away with 42 kills and 23 errors for a .142 hitting percentage. The Redbirds led with 11.0 total blocks, while PC had eight on the night.
The Blue Hose found themselves down 21-15 in the first game before rallying to a 22-22 tie off a 7-1 run, highlighted by two kills by Kelly Berryman, who ended the night with three. A kill by ISU's Shannon McGlaughlin and Ashley Rosch, as well as a PC attack error, ended the comeback as the Redbirds took the next three straight to win 25-22.
After ISU opened the second game 4-0, the Blue Hose fought back to take a 12-10 lead, due in part to five PC kills. The lead was short lived as the Redbirds won the next four of five points to take back the lead, 14-13. The rest of the game was tight until ISU, up by just two, 21-19, closed out the stanza with a 4-0 run to take the 25-19 win.
Down 16-21 in the third game, PC went on a 7-1 run, after capitalizing on four ISU attack errors an two Brown kills, and took a 23-22 lead. The Redbirds fought back to a 24-24 tie before LaighAnn Hranka, who led ISU with 10 on the night, nailed back-to-back kills to help the home team take the 26-24 win.
The Blue Hose take on Oregon State and Miami in action Saturday, Sept. 1, as part of the tournament. Match times are 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (ET), respectively.