CHARLESTON, S.C. - No. 3 Radford (16-14) defeated No. 6 High Point (9-21) in the last quarterfinal match on Thursday night in the 2011 Big South Volleyball Championship presented by Musco Lighting.
Three service aces in a row would give Radford the 5-3 advantage to start the first set. A kill by Caity Farus would spark a 3-0 run to put High Point up 6-5. Radford would string four points together to take the lead back 10-7. Kills by Courtney Johnk and Megan McWhorter would help extend the Highlander lead to eight, 16-8. RU would keep High Point at a comfortable distance for the remainder of the set, eventually defeating the Panthers, 25-15.
Radford raced out to an early 5-1 in set two. A four-point High Point run capped off by a Farus kill would bring the Panthers within one, 11-10. Kills by Farus, Carly Fleming, and Emma Deininger would extend the Highlander lead to three, 17-14. With the set knotted at 22, Radford scored two to take the 24-22 lead. A kill by Farus would bring HPU within one, but Fleming would end the set with a kill, giving RU the 25-23 victory.
The third set saw the teams knotted at four-a-piece. Kills by Deininger and Rachel Wiechecki would put Radford up 7-4. The Highlanders would rattled off four unanswered to get take a six point advantage 17-11. High Point would put a run together to cut the lead to two, 20-18. Kills by Emily Hayes and Wiechecki would close out the set, giving Radford the victory, 25-18.
Wiechecki led the way for the Highlanders with 10 kills. Leigh Myers dished out 12 while Christine Beckham had 11. Rachel Brummitt dug up 25 to go along with four assists.
High Point was led by Farus's nine kills. Bell had 20 assists to go along with four digs and three kills. Davis dug up 14 while Molly Barlow had 11.
Radford will meet No. 2 Winthrop in the second semifinal match on Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 1 Liberty with take on No. 4 UNC Asheville in the first semifinal match on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
High Point Head Coach Jason Oliver
"Radford deserved this win, they came out on fire and played their style of volleyball. We struggled all night, and just couldn't get good touches on the ball."
Radford Head Coach Marci Jenkins
"I thought we played really well, High Point definitely challenged us. I am proud of my girls we battled and I am just happy for my team."