Big South Volleyball Goes 4-0 on Tuesday


Wilcox Sets New GWU Division I Career Blocks Record in GWU's 3-1 Win over Wofford
Spartanburg, S.C. - Gardner-Webb senior middle blocker Laura Wilcox blocked her way into the GWU Division I volleyball record book on Tuesday night, as the Runnin' Bulldogs defeated the Wofford College Terriers 3-1 (25-18, 11-25, 25-19, 25-20) in non-conference action in Spartanburg, S.C.

Wilcox posted four total blocks to give her 231 total blocks, making her GWU's Division I career leader in total blocks, surpassing former Gardner-Webb standout student-athlete and current assistant coach Bethany Martin who previously held the record with 228 total blocks.

The win, which is the Runnin' Bulldogs fourth out of their last six matches, pushed Gardner-Webb to 8-15 overall, while the loss drops Wofford to 13-14 overall.

The win also completed a GWU season series sweep of the Terriers, who also defeated Wofford in the two teams' other meeting this season back on September 17th at the USC Upstate Invitational.

In the opening set, the Runnin' Bulldogs tied the score up at 4-4 on a kill by freshman setter Heather Feldman, only to have the Terriers pull out in front with a 6-0 run to take a 10-4 lead on back-to-back kills by Rachel Woodlee and Amanda Liguori.

Gardner-Webb bounced back with a 10-4 run, capped off by back-to-back kills by Wilcox and Feldman, to tie the score up once more at 14-14.

After trading points, the Runnin' Bulldogs picked up a kill by junior outside hitter Molly Rhyne to take the lead at 16-15, a lead that GWU would not relinquish for the remainder of the set.

Out of a Wofford timeout, Gardner-Webb's run continued with another kill by Rhyne and back-to-back service aces by Melissa Richie, pushing the visitors in front by four at 19-15 and force Wofford to call their second timeout.

GWU finished the set out on a 6-3 run, capped off by consecutive kills from Rhyne and junior Carol Solano and a Wofford attack error, giving the Runnin' Bulldogs the 25-18 come from behind set win and an early 1-0 match lead.

The Runnin' Bulldogs were never in the second set, as after tying the score up at 2-2 early on an Erin Anderson service ace, the Terriers took over the set, running out to a 17-5 lead on a Liguori kill.

GWU's Rhyne would record four of the Runnin' Bulldogs last five points, however, the Terriers continued to roll en route to a 25-11 set win and tied the match up at one set apiece.

The third set was much closer, as the two teams' went back-and-forth, until a 5-0 run by the Terriers pushed the home team ahead by three at 9-6.

The Runnin' Bulldogs answered with a 7-4 run of their own, including four straight points, to retie the score up at 13-13.

After a Wofford service ace knotted the score up at 17-17, Gardner-Webb took advantage of five straight Terrier errors to take a 22-17 lead.

A Wilcox kill and two more kills by Rhyne put the score at 25-19 in favor of GWU, giving the visitors a 2-1 match lead.

With a 2-1 match lead, the Runnin' Bulldogs looked to put the match away in the fourth set, only to have the Terriers run out to another early lead, this time at 9-5, which forced Gardner-Webb head coach Leo Sayles to call an early timeout.

After a 5-2 run pushed the Runnin' Bulldogs into within one point of the Terriers at 11-10, Wofford again had an answer as a Rachel Woodlee kill pushed the Terriers in front by two at 16-14.

On the very next rally, sophomore middle blocker Tyler Cockrell recorded a kill which jump started a 6-3 run by the Runnin' Bulldogs to take a 20-19 lead over the Terriers.

Wofford tied the score up at 20-20 on a Bekah Dorsey kill, however, the Runnin' Bulldogs kept their composure and finished the set out strong with a 5-0 run to take the fourth set 25-20 and the 3-1 match win.

Rhyne led the Runnin' Bulldogs with 14 kills and 10 digs, while Cockrell totaled nine kills, three aces and six total blocks.  Wilcox totaled seven kills and four total blocks, while Anderson posted 11 digs, four aces and one kill in the win.  Senior Evan Moffitt recorded a double-double of 14 digs and 11 assists, while Feldman posted a team-high 28 set assists and eight digs.

For Wofford, Liguori and Woodlee posted 13 and 11 kills, respectively, while Dorsey totaled 35 set assists and 13 digs in the loss.

Gardner-Webb (8-15, 3-5 Big South) will return to action this weekend, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will host High Point at 7 p.m. on Friday night, "Think Pink Night", and Campbell on Saturday night at 5 p.m. as part of GWU's Homecoming festivities.

Coastal Attains 3-0 Win over The Citadel
Charleston, SC - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team opened strong against The Citadel on Tuesday, Oct. 25 and would not look back, sweeping the Bulldogs in three sets by scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 25-17. Coastal improved to 10-16 overall, while they remained at 3-6 in the Big South.

The Chanticleers scored the first four points of the match and would build a six point lead before The Citadel was able to score five straight points and pull within one of Coastal at a score of 8-7. Following a short lead by the Bulldogs at 13-12, the Chants went on a 5-1 run to regain the lead at 17-14. Coastal held onto the lead and scored the final five points of the set, which concluded with a service ace by freshman Lian Bernett, to take the 25-19 win.

Sophomore Kindra Bailey scored three of the Chanticleers first six points of the second set to help provide the early 6-1 lead. The closest The Citadel would come within Coastal during the second set was two points following a kill by Rachael Farrell to put the score at 8-6. Coastal built up an eight point lead on two separate occasions and eventually took the set by a final score of 25-20.

The Citadel did not let the Chants start the third set like they had the previous two sets, as three ties occurred in the early part of the set with the third coming at 6-6. Coastal then used an 8-1 run to build up a seven point lead. The Chants went ahead by as many as 11 points, before closing out the set on an attack error by the Bulldogs to win 25-17.

Senior Erika Lightsey recorded a team high 12 kills, while Bernett finished with 10 kills and a match-high four service aces. Sophomore Lindsay Gill finished the match with 13 digs and Bailey tallied five total blocks. Leading the team in assists on the night was sophomore Sam Skryd with 35.

Kaona Mercer paced the Bulldogs with 11 kills. She also had a .250 attacking percentage, one service ace and four blocks. Ise d'Angelo posted 13 digs and Alexa Dahlstrom registered 11 assists.

Coastal held the 41-30 advantage in kills and enumerated six more blocks than the Bulldogs did during the match. The Chanticleers also led 12-1 in service aces.

The Chanticleers return to action on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. when they host Big South opponent Winthrop in the Chants annual DIG PINK match. Admission is free to the event and a silent auction will take place with the proceeds going to the Side Out Foundation, as well as to Caring in Our Lifetime.

Charleston Southern Hands South Carolina State First Home Loss Of The Season
ORANGEBURG, S.C : The Lady Bucs defeated Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference leaders South Carolina State on Oct. 25 in Orangeburg, S.C., handing the Lady Bulldogs their first home loss of the season.

The Lady Bucs (5-20) were led by Wynter Davis who had 13 kills, seven block assists, and three digs. Amy Nokes gave out 18 helpers and dug up seven. Ashley Higginbothem led the way with 13 digs and Sydney Tracy had three service aces.

SCSU was led by Desire Waller's 16 kills and Bria Brimmer's 34 assists. For the game, CSU had 38 kills, 37 assists, 44 digs and 13 total blocks.

CSU took the first set 25-20 behind four kills from Wynter Davis on eight total attacks (.375). Amy Nokes and Kirsten Struksnes both dished out four assists and Ashley Higginbothem led the way with three digs. Sydney Tracy and Wynter Davis both notched three block assists. Kayla Klinger added to her CSU leading service ace count, recording two in set one. SCSU was led by Shabree Roberson with three kills and Bria Brimmer with 10 assists. As a team, CSU totaled nine kills on 28 total attacks, eights assists, 11 digs and five total blocks.

CSU dropped the second set 25-14 and were led by Wynter Davis who recorded six kills on 14 total attempts, two digs and four block assists. Amy Nokes gave out seven assists followed closely by Kirsten Stuksnes's six. Nokes also notched four digs, Kayla Klinger matched that by digging up four of her own. SCSU was led by Peri Ligons's six kills and Bria Brimmer's 19 assists. For the set, CSU totaled 15 kills on 50 total attacks, 14 assists, 17 digs and six team blocks.

The Lady Bucs took the third set 25-20 thanks to nine Wynter Davis kills. Amy Nokes had 11 assists and five digs, while Ashley Higginbothem led the way for the third set in a row with 10 digs, Sydney Tracy and Morgan Hadden both had five kills. Desire Waller led the SCSU attack with 12 kills and Bria Brimmer dished out 26 assists. As a team, CSU recorded 28 kills, 27 assists, 30 digs and nine total team blocks.

Wynter Davis led the Bucs to victory in the fourth set with four kills and three blocks. Amy Nokes had seven assists and two digs. CSU had 10 kills, 10 assists and 14 digs in the final set.

Next, CSU will welcome Presbyterian College to Buc Dome on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m for a Big South Conference showdown.

PC Volleyball Picks up 3-1 Win over USC Upstate
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Four Blue Hose volleyball players posted double-digit kills, including Caroline Cann who tied her career-high with 17, to lead Presbyterian College to the 3-1 win over USC Upstate this evening in Spartanburg, S.C.  PC won by scores of 31-29, 25-19, 26-28 and 25-19.

The Blue Hose, who improved to 9-16 overall, travel to Charleston Southern Friday, Oct. 28, for their next match. Fist Serve is set for 7 p.m.  USC Upstate fell to 7-17.

Following Cann with her 17 kills was Presley Mabrey with 14, Allison Brown with 13 and Rachel Hall with 11.  Mary Trimpe recorded her eighth 20-dig match of the season with a team-leading 22, while Ashtin Frank posted 52 assists, just six off her career-mark.

The Blue Hose hit 63 kills and, along with 15 errors, carded a .304 hitting percentage.  USC Upstate had 61 kills and 26 errors on the night for a .212 hitting percentage.  PC led with eight solo blocks, four from Hall, and 10 block assists.  The Trojans had two block assists in the match

Morgan Thomas led the Trojans with 18 kills, while Mindy Quimby and Kelsie Queen had 11 kills apiece.