Asheville, Coastal, Liberty & Winthrop Post Wins Friday

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UNC ASHEVILLE DEFEATS CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, 3-1 | BOX SCORE

UNC Asheville has three players with 12 kills each as the Bulldogs picked up a Big South Conference win Friday night by defeating a stubborn Charleston Southern squad 3-1 at Justice Center. Asheville won the match, 25-20, 25-14, 13-25, 25-19.

The Bulldogs (7-16, 3-4 BSC) ended a two-game losing streak with the league win. Anna Moore, Holly Shelton and freshman Christine Lakatos all had 12 kills for the home team. Rachel Wells had a career-best 25 digs, while setter Katie Davis had 43 assists and 11 digs. Shelton had a double-double with 10 digs, while Moore contributed five blocks on the night. Meredith Foster chipped in nine kills and four blocks.

The Lady Bucs (9-16, 3-5 BSC) were led by a game-high 14 kills from Kayla Klinger. She had a double-double with 12 digs. Meredith Parrott added eight kills and four blocks. Ashley Higgenbothem finished with 12 digs. Erin LaVenice had six kills and six blocks for the visitors.

Moore had six kills in the opening set as the Bulldogs led from start to finish to win 25-20. Asheville could never put away the Lady Bucs as Klinger had four kills in the first set. The Bulldogs only led 21-19 before going on a late 6-1 run to win 25-20.

The home team was in total command of the second set. Asheville rolled to a 25-14 victory to take a 2-0 lead. Shelton and Foster had five kills for the Blue & White. CSU helped the Bulldog cause with seven hitting errors.

However, the Lady Bucs would dominate the third set and win easily 25-13. CSU would take its first lead of the match at 4-3 on a kill from Klinger. Tied at 4-4, the Lady Bucs would score the next three points to take the lead for good. CSU would hit .367 (13-2-30) in the third set, while the home team hit -.088 (6-9-34). Klinger had five kills in the set. The visitors blocking was very effective as CSU had six blocks.

In the fourth set, Lakatos was the catalyst for the Bulldogs as she had six kills as Asheville built a 16-8 lead. CSU crept back in the match behind Klinger and LaVenice and crept back to 20-18. But Lakatos had two straight kills and kills from Moore and Shelton pushed the margin to 24-18. CSU got a kill to cut the lead to 24-19. But Shelton ended the match with her 12th kill of the night as Asheville picked up its third league win of the season.

UNC Asheville hosts Big South leader Coastal Carolina Saturday night at 6 p.m. in the school's annual Dig Pink Game. All Bulldog fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the fight against breast cancer. Charleston Southern travels to Gardner-Webb for a 2 p.m. league match.

COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATS GARDNER-WEBB, 3-0 | BOX SCORE 

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team picked up its first 3-0 win in conference play this season on the road at Gardner-Webb. The victory is the third-straight for the Chants in Big South Conference play and moves them into a tie for first place in the standings with Liberty who they beat 3-1 at home earlier this season.

With the win the Chanticleers improve to 8-11 on the season and 6-2 in Big South play. The Runnin' Bulldogs fall to 8-16 on the season and 3-4 in Big South action.

Coastal was led by freshman Gabriella Horvath who had 13 kills, nine digs, a service ace and a solo block. Freshman Eszter Nagy added 10 kills and five blocks including one solo. Horvath hit for a .357 average while Nagy had a .368 average. Freshman Monica Hall led the team with six blocks including three solo and added four kills.

Junior Lauren Alejo dished out 32 assists. Alejo, Horvath and junior Sam Skryd all tied for the team lead in digs with nine while senior Jamie DiMaggio and sophomore Jenna Orner each had eight.

The Runnin' Bulldogs were led by Emily Holte who had six kills while four others added five kills each.

Coastal hit .252 as a team while GWU had a .123 average for the match.

The Runnin' Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-5 lead early in the first set but a 6-1 run by the Chants cut the advantage to just one. Following a GWU timeout the two teams traded points until a kill and a solo block by Nagy gave the Chants a 15-14 lead. The teams continued to trade points but with CCU up 21-20 Gardner-Webb rattled off three-straight points to open up the largest lead since the 14-12 mark of the set. The Chants answered with kills by Horvath and Nagy to tie the set at 23. The Runnin' Bulldogs went on to earn set points at 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25 but the Chants answered every time. The Chants earned their first set point of the match at 27-26 on a solo block by Hall but Gardner-Webb nailed a kill to tie the set at 27. The set finally ended thanks to junior Kindra Bailey who had a kill to put the Chants up 28-27 and then fired off an ace to end the first stanza 29-27.

The second set opened with the Chants taking the early control. Coastal took eight of the first 12 points and held the lead the rest of the set as the Chants coasted to a 25-20 victory.

Both teams came out firing in the third set as they traded the first 17 points. Up 9-8 the Chants began a 7-3 run thanks to a pair of service aces as well as kills from Horvath, Nagy, Bailey and Hall. The Runnin' Bulldogs cut the lead to three at 18-15 but that set off a 7-1 run by the Chants to close out the set 25-16.

Coastal will return to action tomorrow, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. as the Chants travel to UNC Asheville for another key Big South match-up. The Runnin' Bulldogs host Charleston Southern tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.

LIBERTY DEFEATS PRESBYTERIAN, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

The Liberty volleyball team continued its home dominance, sweeping Presbyterian College, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-19), in a match featuring Big South co-leaders on Friday at the Vines Center.

The Lady Flames (16-7, 6-2 Big South) are now in a two-way tie with Coastal Carolina atop the Big South standings following Friday's matches. Presbyterian College is now 8-15, 5-3 in conference play.

Liberty has won 17 sets in a row at home, and 11 straight home matches overall. The Lady Flames have also tied a program record with 18 straight conference home wins.
Both teams registered 45 kills on the night, with Liberty hitting .262 compared to .203 for Presbyterian College. The Lady Flames led in blocks, 10.5-3, while PC held a slim, 61-58 edge in digs.

Liberty junior Lillie Happel tied her season high with 15 kills and added 13 digs for her 23rd career double-double and fourth this season. Caroline Douglas added 13 kills, while Kendle Rollins led all players with six blocks. Gabrielle Shipe recorded a team-high 15 digs, and Jade Craycraft led the Lady Flames with 32 assists. Allie Reynolds collected 10 digs on the evening.

Presley Mabrey led the Blue Hose with 12 kills and added a match-high 19 digs. Elizabeth Miler and Rachel Hall both registered nine kills, while Mary Trimpe had 16 digs and Ashtin Frank paced all players with 38 assists.

Presbyterian College held a 15-11 lead midway through set one, but the Lady Flames scored a 6-1 rally to take the advantage at 17-16. PC briefly regained the lead, 19-18, but Douglas capped a 3-0 Liberty run with a kill, giving the Lady Flames the edge at 21-19. Andrea Barman tied the set at 22-all with a kill, but Liberty ended the set on a 3-1 run, with a Happel kill sealing the 25-23 win.

Happel and Mabrey totaled six kills apiece during the opening set, as Liberty hit .261 and the Blue Hose hit .233. Douglas added five kills for the Lady Flames.

Liberty never trailed during a 25-20 set-two victory, getting six kills from Douglas while hitting .295 as a team. The Lady Flames registered five team blocks in the middle frame, holding PC to a .213 attack percentage. The visitors trailed by just one, 16-15, but Happel sent down three kills during a 5-1 Liberty rally and the Lady Flames raced to the five-point win.

Presbyterian College battled from behind throughout the third set, trailing by three, 17-14, following a kill by Allison Brown. Thomas and Happel then sent down back-to-back kills, and PC committed four errors down the stretch as Liberty won, 25-19, to claim the match sweep.
Happel registered half of Liberty's 12 set-three kills, as the Lady Flames outhit PC, .225-.158, during the final stanza.

The Lady Flames host Winthrop tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Vines Center to close out their Big South weekend homestand. Liberty and Winthrop last met on Oct. 21, 2011 in Rock Hill, S.C., resulting in a 3-2 Lady Flames victory.

WINTHROP DEFEATS RADFORD, 3-2 | BOX SCORE 

Sophomore Jennica Mullins recorded a career-high 18 kills Friday to lead the Winthrop volleyball team to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Radford Highlanders.

Winthrop improved to 11-11 overall and 5-3 in the Big South with the victory while Radford fell to 13-12 overall and 3-5 in the conference with the loss.

Radford took the first two sets of the night. The Highlanders won a marathon of a first set that went well past the typical 25 points for a set win. Both teams had multiple set points before Radford was able to take the first set 33-31. The Highlanders easily won the second set 25-18.

In the third set, the two teams were even through the first 10 points before the Eagles were able to gain control. Winthrop used a quick 4-0 run to open a 12-7 lead and never relinquished it. The Eagles took the third set 25-20.

Midway through the fourth set Radford looked to be on its way to a four-set victory, but Winthrop didn't go quietly. The Eagles used another big run, this time Winthrop went on a 10-2 run to turn a three-point deficit into a five-point set victory, taking the fourth set 25-20.

In the fifth set Winthrop turned up its defensive pressure at the net, recording five of its total 16 blocks in the final set. After Radford led 10-8, the Eagles were able to regain a 12-11 edge and went on for the 15-13 victory to win the match 3-2.

In addition to her career-high 18 kills, Mullins also tied her career-high with 12 total blocks and tied the school record for blocks in a five-set match. Rachel Lenz reached a career-high in kills with 17 while Carolyn Weed also added 13 kills. Stephanie Palmer led the team with 37 assists while Catherine Brusie had 18 digs.

The Eagles will return to the court on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. when they face the Liberty Flames.