Runnin' Bulldogs Drop a Five Set Thriller to Campbell, 3-2
Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Gardner-Webb volleyball team took sets one and three in dominating fashion, however, the other three sets went in favor of the Campbell Fighting Camels who escaped Boiling Springs, N.C. with a 3-2 (25-11, 23-25, 25-15, 17-25, 15-17) Big South Conference win on Saturday night.
The loss drops Gardner-Webb to 9-16 overall and 4-6 in the Big South, while the win pushes Campbell to 12-14 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
On Homecoming Weekend, the Runnin' Bulldogs came out of the gates on fire, running out to a 14-5 lead in the opening set on a Campbell attack error.
After a Campbell timeout, the Runnin' Bulldogs pushed their lead to 10 at 15-5 on a Lauren Evans' kill, as GWU finished the set out on a 10-6 run to take the opening set in dominating fashion 25-11 and an early 1-0 match lead.
The second set proved to be much closer, as GWU took an 11-6 lead on a Heather Feldman service ace. However, the Fighting Camels hung around and refused to go away, battling back to cut the Runnin' Bulldog lead to two at 17-15 on a Lorin Thomas kill.
Out of a GWU timeout, the Runnin' Bulldogs held on to a slight two point lead at 19-17 to force Campbell to call their first timeout.
After the Camels' timeout, Campbell went on a 4-1 run to take a 21-20 lead on a GWU attack error.
GWU would knot the score up at 22-22 and once more at 23-23, however, the Camels finished the set out with two straight points to take the 25-23 set win and tie the match up at 1-1.
The third set mirrored the first, as the Runnin' Bulldogs led from start to finish, rolling out to a 14-7 lead on a Campbell attack error.
Over the next several rallies, GWU pushed their lead to 11 at 21-10 on a Molly Rhyne kill and proved to be in control of the set in the 25-15 set win.
Leading the match 2-1, GWU looked to win it all in set four, however, the Camels had different plans, taking a 15-8 lead with the help of three straight Runnin' Bulldog attack errors.
The visiting Fighting Camels pushed their lead to as high as 10 en route to a 25-17 set win, which tied the match up at two sets apiece.
The fifth and decisive set was exciting from start to finish, as the final frame saw 10 ties and five lead changes.
The two teams' went back-and-forth for the first several rallies, until Campbell went on a 3-1 run to take a 10-7 lead and force a GWU timeout.
Gardner-Webb stormed back to take a 12-10 lead, highlighted by back-to-back Evans' kills, only to see the Camels tied the score up at 12-12, 13-13 and 14-14.
A kill by sophomore middle blocker Tyler Cockrell put the Runnin' Bulldogs up by one at 15-14 and gave GWU set point.
Campbell scored the next three points, all by way of three GWU errors, to take the 17-15 set win and the 3-2 match victory.
Evans posted a match-high 17 kills, while Cockrell and senior Laura Wilcox recorded 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Evan Moffitt recorded a match-high 24 digs, while Feldman dished out 48 set assists. Cockrell also added 10 total kills in the loss.
For Campbell, Brooke Kelly tallied 13 kills, while Thomas added 11 kills to help lead the Camels in the five set win.
Gardner-Webb (9-16, 4-6 Big South) will hit the road next week to take on the Presbyterian College Blue House at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 4th, in Clinton, S.C.
Campbell (12-14, 5-5 Big South) will remain on the road to take on the Liberty Lady Flames at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 4th, in Lynchburg, Va.
Eagles Soar Past Lady Buccaneers
S.C.: CSU dropped their 10th Big South Conference game of the season, falling to Winthrop University (25-17,25-11,25-19) on Oct. 29 in Charleston, S.C.
The Lady Buccaneers (5-22) were lead by Wynter Davis who totaled seven kills on 16 total attacks (.250). Kayla Klinger recorded six kills to go along with four digs. Amy Nokes had four kills, 17 assists and eight digs while Erin LaVenice and Michaela Luna both had four kills. Nokes, Ashley Higginbothem and Maggie Murphy each had a service ace. For the match, CSU totaled 27 kills, 25 assists and 32 digs hitting for .083 and combining for five total blocks. Becca Toor led Winthrop with 17 kills and Stephanie Palmer dished out 28 assists.
Winthrop took the first set behind Becca Toor's four kills on five attacks (.800). Stephanie Palmer had eight assists and Kristin Cruse chipped in with three digs. For the Bucs, Wynter Davis had five kills, Erin LaVenice was second with three. Amy Nokes dished out six assists followed closely by Kirsten Struksnes's five. Sydney Tracy led the dig count with four and Ashley Higginbothem had the lone Buccaneer service ace. For the set, CSU totaled 12 kills, 12 assists, 11 digs and two total team blocks.
The second set saw Kayla Klinger lead the Buc attack with three kills and two digs. Amy Nokes gave out three helpers to go along with one kill and two digs. Becca Toor led the way for WU with eight kills while Stephanie Palmer had seven assists with five kills. For the set, CSU totaled five kills on 27 total attacks, four assists, seven digs and one block.
CSU will welcome Big South Conference opponent Coastal Carolina to the CSU Fieldhouse for their last home contest of the year on Nov. 5 and 6 p.m.
Winthrop will return home next weekend as the Eagles will play host to UNC Asheville on Friday, Nov. 4. That match is set for 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville Picks Up 3-0 Win Over High Point
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Cindi Miller had nine kills and 12 digs to lead UNC Asheville to a hard-fought 3-0 Big South Conference victory over High Point Saturday evening at Justice Center. The Bulldogs downed the Panthers, 26-24, 25-19, 25-19.
Asheville (14-9, 7-3 BSC) won its fourth straight match and was also had Meredith Foster, Holly Shelton and Anna Moore with eight kills each. Foster hit .350 for the match, while Moore contributed four blocks and three service aces.
Kristin Heldt and Courtney Johnk led the Panthers (7-17, 4-6 BSC) with nine kills apiece. Molly Barlow had 11 digs on defense. High Point hurt itself in the match with 13 service errors.
The Bulldogs got 14 digs from Alex Stewart and 13 from Rachel Wells.
The first set had Asheville building an early 6-1 lead behind kills from Miller and Moore. However, the Panthers steadily came back and led by the serving of Marin Seifert tied the match at 18-18. HPU then got two kills form Heldt and pushed the lead to 24-22.
But the Bulldogs roared back and knotted the match at 24-24 on kills from Foster and Miller. A block from Shelton and Moore gave the Bulldogs the lead at 25-24. Moore finished the comeback with a kill to give the home team a 26-24 win.
The Bulldogs got 13 kills in the second set and used a 4-0 run in the middle of the game to take a 17-13 lead. Asheville was able to side-out with the Panthers the rest of the way and got two kills from Shelton for a 25-19 win.
In the third set, Chelsea Blanford had two kills for the visitors and some aggressive serving pushed the visitors in front 14-10. Asheville rallied behind the play of Moore who put down three kills to spark a 7-1 Bulldog run to lead 17-15.
Asheville's blocking continued to be solid and the Bulldogs were able to go and win the set 25-19.
UNC Asheville travels to Winthrop Friday night for a 7 p.m. match. High Point, in the middle of a five-game road swing, travels to Radford next Friday night.
Coastal Drops Final Home Conference Match to Presbyterian
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's volleyball team fell to Presbyterian 3-0 in their final home Big South Conference match of the season on Saturday, Oct. 29, by scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-19.
The Chants moved to 10-18 on the season and to 3-8 in the conference, while Presbyterian improved to 11-16 overall and to 5-6 in the Big South.
Coastal built up a 4-1 lead to start the match with senior Erika Lightsey recording two of the points for the Chanticleers on kills. Presbyterian came back to tie the match up at five apiece after Kelly Berryman posted her fist kill of the set. Neither team was able to go ahead by more than two points until late in the set when the Blue Hose scored four straight points to take the 21-17 advantage. Coastal was unable to make a run of their own as Presbyterian took the 25-20 win.
The Blue Hose carried the momentum into the second set, as they went ahead 5-0. Coastal pulled within three points at 10-7 following a kill by freshman Lian Bernett. The Chants were unable to get any closer, while Presbyterian went ahead 2-0 in the match following a 25-19 win in the second set.
Coastal took the early 2-1 lead in the third set with the Chants picking up the points on an attack error by the Blue Hose and a kill by sophomore Sam Skryd. The Chanticleers largest lead of the set came at the 5-3 mark when Presbyterian posted an attack error. Presbyterian scored the next six points to take their first lead of the set and to go ahead 9-5. Junior Jamie DiMaggio made it a 10-8 game on a service ace, but Coastal could not pull any closer and the Blue Hose won the match with a third set score of 25-19.
Sophomore Kindra Bailey led the Chants with eight kills and four blocks. Fellow classmate Lindsay Gill grabbed eight digs on the afternoon and Skryd finished the match with 23 assists. Freshman Katie Martin had two service aces in the match.
Leading the way for Presbyterian was Rachel Hall who registered 13 kills and posted an attacking percentage of .591. Berryman finished with three total blocks and three service aces. Mary Trimpe had a team high 13 digs, while Ashtin Frank enumerated 40 assists.
The Chanticleers will play in their final home match of the 2011 season on Tuesday, Nov. 1, when they host South Carolina State at 6 p.m. in Kimbel Arena. Seniors Simone Autry, Lightsey and Kelsie Mauck will be honored for their accomplishments and contributions to Coastal volleyball following the conclusion of the match.
Presbyterian College will return to the court on Friday, Nov. 4 as it hosts Gardner-Webb at 7:00pm.