Big South Volleyball Weathers Tough Competition Saturday

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RADFORD DEFEATS PENNSYLVANIA, 26-24, 9-25, 25-22, 25-17 | BOX SCORE

Playing in its last regular season tournament match, Radford volleyball romped to the 3-1 (26-24, 9-25, 25-22, 25-17) victory over Pennsylvania in the Highlanders' finale of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational on Saturday morning.

Rachel Fertitta tallied a career-high 12 kills, while nearly hitting 40 percent from the floor for RU. Emily Carlin also contributed double-digit kills with 11, in addition to 11 digs.

Christine Beckham and Jena Braden were invited to the double-double party as well. Beckham dished out a team-high 20 assists and 13 digs, while Braden was credited with 14 assists and 19 digs.

Katelyn Meeks charted a season-best effort in the digs column with 27, to go along with one ace. Meeks and Fertitta earned spots on the all-tournament team for their part in the Highlanders' 2-1 weekend.

Kristen Etterbeek put down 12 kills and added nine digs to pace Penn. Ronnie Bither finished with a match-high 36 helpers, while Dani Shepherd registered a match-high 35 digs.

Radford (8-7) raced out to a 12-9 lead in the first set, but the Quakers came back to knot the frame at 16.  The Highlanders restored the advantage to three once more at 20-17.  Penn rallied to tie the score at 22 and had the first crack at set point after an attack error by RU.

The Highlanders had other plans, however, as Jesse Miedema, Cheyanne James and Fertitta put down three straight winners to give Radford the 26-24 win.

After RU took a 3-1 edge in the second stanza, the Quakers (4-4) generated a 14-0 run to put the hosts in the driver's seat. Penn went on to claim the set, 25-9.

With the Highlanders ahead 13-9, the hosts reeled off four straight points to tie the set.  Radford would answer as it went on to take a 2-1 lead in the match after the 25-22 set three victory.

A Carlin kill ignited a 5-1 start for the Highlanders to open the fourth frame.  After its lead was trimmed to 14-13, Radford responded with a 4-0 spurt to establish enough momentum to carry the squad to the 25-17 decision in the match-clinching set.

The Highlanders will be back in action next Friday when the squad opens Big South play against Liberty.  The matchup featuring the top two teams in the preseason coaches' poll is slated for 7:00 p.m. inside the Vines Center

HIGH POINT DEFEATS N.C. CENTRAL, 25-18, 25-15, 25-15 | BOX SCORE

The High Point University volleyball team improved to 10-5 on the season with a sweep of North Carolina Central on Saturday in Davidson, N.C.  The Panthers got contributions from the entire team to win the match 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-15).

Seven different Panther attackers entered the match and registered a kill, led by sophomore Chelsea Davis with 12.  Sophomore Caity Farus had five kills off the bench in the third set and senior Jamie McDonald added six kills and five blocks.

High Point used a 9-1 run to take the first set from a 12-12 tie to a 21-13 lead.  The Eagles closed the gap with four straight points to cut High Point's lead to 23-18.  McDonald and Davis finished the set with back-to-back kills.  HPU hit .344 with 16 kills in the 25-18 win.

In the second set HPU stormed out to a 7-0 lead and went on to a 25-15 win.  All five of HPU's attackers had a kill in the frame, lead by senior Courtney Johnk with five.  Senior Lauren Bell entered the match for the second set and dished out 11 assists and had one solo block.

Sophomore Chelsea Blanford and Farus checked in to the lineup in the third set and started the scoring for HPU with back-to-back kills.  The Panthers again opened up a 7-0 advantage.  High Point continued to get contributions off the bench with service aces by junior Marin Seifert and sophomore Molly Hirrlinger.  The Panthers won the final set 25-15.

Bell finished the match with 25 assists and Johnk had seven kills.  Sophomore Kristin Heldt hit .471 with nine kills.

The Panthers open Big South Conference play on Friday at Campbell. The match begins at 7 p.m.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN DEFEATS STETSON, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22 | BOX SCORE

Charleston Southern went 1-1 on the final day of the East Bay Deli Invitational, sweeping Stetson in the early afternoon match, but falling to local rival The Citadel in the final match of the weekend in straight sets to close out the tournament.

Meredith Parrott earned All-Tournament honors for the Buccaneers on the weekend, hitting .250 from the floor and averaged two blocks per match.  The freshman middle blocker from Mobile Ala. was joined on the All-Tournament team by Wofford's Arden Anderson and Bekah Dorsey, Stetson's Monique Russell and The Citadel's Lauren Hurt and Mikaela Tracy.  Libero Reagan Styles from Wofford was selected as tournament MVP.

Kayla Klinger had a match high 13 kills and Wynter Davis added seven blocks at the net as CSU bounced back from last night's setback with a 3-0 sweep over Stetson at the East Bay Deli Invitational inside the Buccaneer Field House, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.

CSU (5-8) was aided by 14 service errors by the Hatters (3-12) in the match, while Sydney Tracy recorded three service aces, as well as seven kills in the Buccaneers' three set victory.

The Lady Bucs took control of the first set early, using a 7-1 run, including six consecutive points on Tracy's serve to build a 13-6 lead following a Klinger kill.  The Hatters rallied back, cutting the lead down to four at 16-12 following a kill by Ellen Hawks, but the Buccaneers responded on Tracy's serve as the sophomore outside hitter placed in an ace to put the score at 20-14.  Stetson would continue to challenge in the set, cutting the lead down to three at 22-19, but the Buccaneers took the set following a Siraya Windsor service ace and a Stetson service error to go up 1-0 with the 25-21 set victory.

Charleston Southern built a five point lead midway through the second set of the match at 15-10 following a block by Davis and Erin LaVenice.  The Hatters rallied back, taking the lead at 21-20 following a 6-0 run behind back-to-back aces by Evann Dickerson and a pair of kills by Kaley Melville.

Back-to-back kills by Katrina Houston swung the match back in Charleston Southern's favor and Meredith Parrott put the Buccaneers at set point before Tracy closed the match with a kill off the assist from Kirsten Struksnes.

Stetson opened the scoring in the third set, rallying to take the first three points of the set and four of the first five behind kills by Kelli Carneal, Cailyn Prewitt, Kayla Weller and Melville, but CSU rallied with a 7-0 run as Tracy placed in back-to-back kills to put the Buccaneers up 8-4.  Stetson battled back to tie the frame up at 13 following a CSU attack error as the teams kept the match for the majority of the set.

With the set tied at 22 following an attack error by Charleston Southern, the Bucs rallied to take the final three points to close out the match.  Klinger opened the run with a kill and Houston and Parrott combined for a block before Parrott closed out the 25-22 set and match victory.

Struksnes set up the CSU attack with 27 set assists as the Lady Bucs hit .190 from the floor in the match.  Klinger and Ashley Higgenbothem led CSU with eight digs apiece on the backline, while Tracy placed in three of CSU's six service aces in the match.

PRESBYTERIAN DEFEATS GEORGETOWN, 25-15, 23-25, 25-10, 25-8 | BOX SCORE

The Presbyterian College volleyball team combined for 30 kills and just two errors in two games to break open a 1-1 deadlock and defeat Georgetown, 3-1, in its final game of the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament held this weekend in Charleston, S.C.  PC won the games 25-15, 23-25, 25-10 and 25-8.

The Blue Hose improve to 3-10, while Georgetown falls to 6-6.

PC hit 12 kills in game one, 14 in game two and 15 in the final two games to earn the win.

Allison Brown led the Blue Hose in nearly perfect fashion, tallying 16 kills and no errors for a .533 hitting percentage.  Presley Mabrey followed close behind with 15 kills and just two errors for .406. Mabrey paced the team in digs with 20 as well.

As a team, PC posted 56 kills for a .392 hitting percentage.  Georgetown totaled 38 kills for a .092 hitting percentage.  The Blue Hose posted 10.0 total blocks and held Georgetown without any.

PC led from start to finish in game one, earning the 25-15 win.  Trailing 3-8 early, Georgetown used a 5-2 run to cut the deficit to two, 8-10. PC responded with a 6-1 run, capped by a solo block by Andrea Barman, to go up 16-9.  Georgetown got as close five, 12-17, but scored only three more points as the Blue Hose spotted eight to take the 25-15 win.

Game two saw 15 ties, the last coming at 23-23.  Both teams stayed within a point of each other until, at 15-15, the Blue Hose used a kill by Mabrey and two Hoya miscues, to build an 18-15 lead.  Both team traded points and down by two at 20-22, Georgetown posted back to back kills to tie the game at 22-22.  After the teams traded points, Georgetown rallied at the end, taking the final two points to win game two 25-23.

PC dropped the first point of game three, butt won the seven of eight points, capped off by three Brown kills, to take a 7-2 lead.  A kill by Berryman and two blocks by Elizabeth Miler increased PC's lead to 10-3.

Up 11-5, Mabrey posted back to back kills to give PC the 13-5 lead.  It was part of a 14-5 run that saw PC rack up nine kills, highlighted by two from Mabrey and Kelly Berryman, who hit the last two in a row to give PC the 25-10 win in game three.

Brown led the Blue Hose in the game four opener, posting two kills to lead PC to a 6-0 lead.  After Georgetown got on the board, PC responded with three more kills to go up 9-1, forcing a Georgetown timeout.

The Hoyas cut the margin to seven at 3-10, but a Berryman and Mabrey kill drove PC back up to 12-3.  Mabrey continued the PC offensive explosion with back to back kills as the Blue Hose increased their lead to 14-4.

A PC service error and a Georgetown kill cut the Blue Hose lead to eight, 14-6. PC took a 20-7 lead off three Georgetown attack errors and two kills.  Ahead 22-8, Brown tallied two kills and Barman added another as PC took the final three points to take the 25-8 game four win.

PC opens Big South play when it travels to Charleston Southern to take on the Bucs Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.  The Blue Hose take on Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C. the next day at 1 p.m.

COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATS EAST CAROLINA, 14-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 15-8 | BOX SCORE

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team picked up its second win of the season with a 3-2 victory over the host of the East Carolina Invitational.  The Chanticleers fell in their first match of the day 3-1 to UMBC.  Junior Meghan Laffin was named to the All-Tournament team after posting 19 kills on the final day of the event.

The Chants fell in a highly competitive match with UMBC with game scores of 26-24, 22-25, 25-19 and 25-23.  The nightcap proved to be the most competitive match of the tournament as CCU dropped the first two sets 25-14 and 25-18 before roaring back with three-straight wins 25-21, 25-22 and 15-8.

Coastal's record moves to 2-7 on the season while UMBC improved to 7-9 and ECU fell to 1-11.

Freshman Gabriella Horvath led the Chants in the opening match with 16 kills, nine digs and a block assist.  Junior Kindra Bailey added 10 kills and seven blocks including two solo stops.  Junior Lauren Alejo posted another double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs while adding three block assists.  Sophomore Jenna Orner led the team with 16 digs while junior Sam Skrydadded 10.

In the Chants lone win of the tourney Laffin led the way with 19 kills and a .368 attack percentage. Horvath added 13 kills and eight digs while Bailey had 11 kills and three block assists.  Orner led the way in digs with 19 once again while Skryd added 14. Alejo had 49 assists and seven digs.

The Chanticleers will return to action this Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. as they open up The HTC Center and Big South Conference play against Winthrop.

WINTHROP DEFEATS WESTERN CAROLINA, 25-22, 28-26, 25-19 | BOX SCORE

The Winthrop volleyball team split two matches Saturday on the final day of the Winthrop Classic, falling to North Florida and defeating Western Carolina.

In the second match of the day the Eagles defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts 3-0.  The first set was a back-and-forth battle.  Through the first 20 points neither team were able to gain a real advantage as the Eagles only had a maximum lead of three points.  With the score tied 14-14, Western Carolina started a 5-1 run to open a 19-15 edge.  Winthrop battled back to tie the set at 20-20 and then took five of the final seven points to take the first set 25-22.

The Eagles opened a big 5-0 lead to start the second set but Winthrop had to fight off a hard-charging Catamount squad.  Western Carolina got back within one at 11-10 before Winthrop was able to open a 17-12 edge.  The Eagles had set point at 24-20, but Western Carolina was about to fight off four set points and tie the game at 24-24. Winthrop had three more set points before finally being able to put away the Catamounts 28-26.

After a tight opening to the third set, Winthrop was again able to open a lead.  The Eagles opened a 17-12 lead and this time did not allow Western Carolina an opportunity to come back as the Eagles took the final set 25-19 and the match 3-0.

Jennica Mullins led the Eagles with 13 kills and also led the team in blocks with seven total. Rachel Lenz also finished with 11 kills.  Stephanie Palmer led Winthrop with 40 assists while Catherine Bruise finished with 18 digs.

Winthrop struggled offensively in the first game of the day, falling to the North Florida Ospreys 3-0. North Florida dominated the first set.  The Eagles trailed by only two at 11-9, but a quick 4-0 spurt by the Ospreys opened a 15-9 advantage.  Winthrop managed only four more points over the remainder of the set as North Florida took the second set 25-13.

The Eagles stepped up their game in the second set and led the Ospreys for the majority of the set.  Late in the set, Winthrop had match point at 24-20, but couldn't put away North Florida to square the match.  The Ospreys rattled off six-straight points to take the second set 26-24.

The wind was out of the sails of the Eagles in the third set.  Winthrop led 6-5, but North Florida went on another important run, this time 6-0 to go up 11-6.  North Florida extended its lead to 20-10 before putting away the set 25-14 and the match 3-0.

Rachel Lenz led the Eagles with 11 kills while Stephanie Palmer led the team with 24 assists and Catherine Bruise finished with 21 digs.

Winthrop landed two players on the All-Tournament Team.  Jennica Mullins and Catherine Bruise joined six others on the All-Tournament Team.  The full All-Tournament Team is listed below.

Winthrop will next start Big South Conference play as the Eagles head to Conway, SC on Friday, September 21 to face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at 7:00 p.m.

COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATED BY UMBC, 24-26, 25-22, 19-25, 23-25 | BOX SCORE

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team picked up its second win of the season with a 3-2 victory over the host of the East Carolina Invitational.  The Chanticleers fell in their first match of the day 3-1 to UMBC.  Junior Meghan Laffin was named to the All-Tournament team after posting 19 kills on the final day of the event.

The Chants fell in a highly competitive match with UMBC with game scores of 26-24, 22-25, 25-19 and 25-23.  The nightcap proved to be the most competitive match of the tournament as CCU dropped the first two sets 25-14 and 25-18 before roaring back with three-straight wins 25-21, 25-22 and 15-8.

Coastal's record moves to 2-7 on the season while UMBC improved to 7-9 and ECU fell to 1-11.

Freshman Gabriella Horvath led the Chants in the opening match with 16 kills, nine digs and a block assist.  Junior Kindra Bailey added 10 kills and seven blocks including two solo stops.  Junior Lauren Alejo posted another double-double with 35 assists and 10 digs while adding three block assists.  Sophomore Jenna Orner led the team with 16 digs while junior Sam Skrydadded 10.

In the Chants lone win of the tourney Laffin led the way with 19 kills and a .368 attack percentage.  Horvath added 13 kills and eight digs while Bailey had 11 kills and three block assists.  Orner led the way in digs with 19 once again while Skryd added 14.  Alejo had 49 assists and seven digs.

The Chanticleers will return to action this Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. as they open up The HTC Center and Big South Conference play against Winthrop.

CAMPBELL DEFEATED BY WAKE FOREST, 14-25, 16-25, 14-25 | BOX SCORE

The Campbell volleyball team dropped both matches on Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Gym to host Wake Forest, 0-3 (14-25, 16-25, 14-25), and Toledo, 0-3 (20-25, 23-25, 11-25), to wrap up the Black and Gold Challenge.  Sophomore outside Jessica Groen paced the offensive attack in each match and finished with 14 kills for the Camels.

With the losses, Campbell falls to 5-10 on the season, while Wake Forest (5-5) and Toledo (6-6) improved their records.

Campbell out-blocked the Rockets 7-to-3 in the second match of the day as freshman middle blocker Sam Zuber registered five blocks and tallied three more against the Demon Deacons.

The Sunbury, Ohio, native also added six kills against Toledo. Freshman Katelyn Layden  continued to play strong in her first year, totaling 12 kills on the afternoon.

Recording 10 kills in the two matches was sophomore Lorin Thomas. The offense was distributed by junior Heather Wilson with a combined 43 assists.

The defense was paced by the duo of freshman Renatta Laport and sophomore Chelsey Pachoud with seven digs each. Freshman libero Lauren Bewick led the back row against Toledo with 12 digs.

The Camels were limited on the offensive attack against Wake Forest, registering just 22 kills, but the team swung more effectively than against Appalachian State, committing only 14 mistakes.  In the first set, Campbell put down nine kills as opposed to three errors, but the Demon Deacons rolled to a 25-14 win.

Against the Rockets, the Camels came out swinging and totaled 13 kills in the first set, a 25-20 loss.  The high-powered Toledo offense was consistent recording at least 16 kills in each frame.

During the second set, Campbell started with a 7-3 lead on a block from Zuber/Thomas.  Toledo mounted a comeback late in the frame and took a 20-17 advantage following an 8-1 run.

The Camels would hold off set point on five occasions before Toledo shut the door, 25-23.  Kills by Coats and Layden and a block from Zuber helped to keep the frame alive.

Toledo would continue with its strong attack and recorded a 25-11 win to clinch the match.

The first home match of the campaign is set for 7 p.m. on Friday against Big South-foe High Point at the John W. Pope Jr., Convocation Center.  Campbell plays two matches the following afternoon against N.C. Central and N.C. A&T beginning at noon.

HIGH POINT DEFEATED BY GREEN BAY, 23-25, 20-25, 17-25 | BOX SCORE

Senior Jamie McDonald tied her career high with 11 kills in the High Point University volleyball team's 3-0 loss to Green Bay on Saturday.  The Panthers are 1-1 in the Wildcat Classic hosted by Davidson.  They will face NCCU at 3 p.m. in the final match of the tournament.

McDonald hit .647 with 11 kills to lead the Panthers. She also had four blocks.  Senior Courtney Johnk tallied 10 kills and a .409 attack percentage.  Sophomore Chelsea Davis led the team with 14 digs.

Green Bay won the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-20.  The Phoenix broke a 23-23 tie in the first set with a kill from Leah Van Zeeland and won the set on a block.  Johnk had six of High Point's 14 kills in the first frame.

In the second set Green Bay used an early five-point cushion, 11-6, to hold off a late run by the Panthers.  High Point would cut the lead to three, 23-20 and again the Phoenix would score the final two points of the set, both on kills by Van Zeeland.

The Phoenix had all the momentum in the final set, rolling to a 25-17 win.  High Point was outhit .317 to .103 in the third frame.

High Point drops to 9-5 this season while Green Bay moves to 6-5.

PRESBYTERIAN DEFEATED BY COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON, 18-25, 17-25, 25-23, 15-25 | BOX SCORE

The Presbyterian College volleyball team rallied to a game three win after dropping the first two, but could not overcome a .469 hitting percentage by the Cougars in the fourth game to fall to the College of Charleston, 3-1 (18-25, 17-25, 25-23, 15-25), in the first match of the day at the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament being held Sept. 14-15 in Charleston, S.C.

PC drops to 2-12, while CofC improves to 6-4.

Presley Mabrey and Allison Brown both had 13 kills to lead the team.  Andrea Barman, who followed with 10, didn't record any errors to end the match with a .385 hitting percentage.  Ashtin Frank posted 40 assists, while Mary Trimpe added 20 digs.  PC came away with 52 kills, compared to 61 for CofC.  The Cougars posted a .296 hitting percentage, while PC came away with .184.

Tied 3-3 in game one, the Blue Hose used two kills by Mabrey and Brown en route to a 7-3 run that saw PC build a 10-6 lead.  CofC responded with eight unanswered points to erase the PC lead and go ahead 14-10.

The Blue Hose got back on the board off a CofC attack error to make it 14-11 before the Cougars capitalized on two PC errors and took the 16-11 lead.  CofC kept a lead of at least four and scored the final four of five points to earn the 25-18 game one win.

After trailing by five, 9-14, the Blue Hose scored three straight, highlighted by two kills off of Kelly Berryman, to cut the margin to two, 12-14.  A 10-3 run by CofC pushed the lead up to nine, 24-15, before the Blue Hose scored back to back.  Cougar Sloane White cut the rally short with to seal the game two win, 25-17.

PC trailed early in game three, 3-4,before scoring three straight, helped in part from kills by Brown and Elizabeth Miler, to take a 7-4 lead.  The Blue Hose led by as much as five, 15-10, before CofC cut the margin to three, 18-15.

Down 22-18 the Cougars scored four straight to tie the game at 22-22.  PC took advantage of two CofC attack errors and a kill by Brown to go back ahead and take the 25-23 game three win.

The Cougars opened game four with six straight points, due in part to four CofC kills, forcing a PC timeout.  Barman gave PC its first point with a kill to make it 1-6, but CofC came back with two to make it 8-1.

The Blue Hose scattered several points off kills by Brown, Berryman and Barman, but found themselves down 5-11.  CofC led by six again at 17-11 and outscored the Blue Hose 6-2 to take the 23-13 lead.

Berryman's kill made it 14-23, while Mabrey's cut it to 15-23.  That would be it as CofC closed the game and match with a service ace at 25-15.

PC takes on Georgetown at 4:30 p.m., in its final match of the tournament.

LIBERTY DEFEATED BY VIRGINIA TECH, 20-25, 25-21, 16-25, 23-25 | BOX SCORE

After splitting the first two sets, Virginia Tech rallied to down Liberty, 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23) on Saturday at the Marriott Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville.

With the win, Virginia Tech (8-3) claims the title at the invitational, as the Hokies swept host Virginia on Friday night.  Liberty is now 8-3 on the season heading into tonight's meeting with Virginia.

For the match, Liberty posted 10.5 team blocks, compared to four for the Hokies.  Virginia Tech outpaced Liberty in both kills and digs, while hitting .309 to .234 for the Lady Flames.

Loren Thomas and Caroline Douglas both recorded 14 kills, with Thomas hitting a season-best .611.  Jade Craycraft dished out 41 assists in addition to seven kills and eight digs. Gabrielle Shipe collected a team-high 13 digs, while Ansley Gebben posted five blocks and Becca Haraf added 11 digs.

Samantha Gostling led all players with 21 kills and added 10 digs for a double-double.  Cara Baarendse hit .750 on 12-for-16 attacks, while Jennifer Wiker had 13 kills. Jordan Fish recorded a match-high 57 assists for Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech took a 14-8 lead midway through the first set.  The Lady Flames then battled back to within four, 18-14, getting a pair of kills from Kendle Rollins during a 5-2 rally.  Liberty posted a triple block to make it 23-19, but the Hokies closed to the finish with a 25-20 set-one victory.

The Hokies hit .333 during the opening set, while Liberty attacked at a .133 clip.  The Lady Flames committed five service errors.  Thomas and Virginia Tech's Gostling both sent down four kills in set one.

Thomas registered three kills in a row to set Liberty's lead at five, 13-8, during set two.  After Virginia Tech scored at 13-9, the Lady Flames boosted their lead to 18-11 when Rollins sent down a kill.  Trailing, 22-15, Virginia Tech went on a 4-0 run trim the deficit to three.  Craycraft scored a kill to give Liberty set-point tries at 24-20, and Douglas gave the Lady Flames a 25-21 victory with a kill.

Liberty connected for a .433 attack percentage in scoring 16 kills during set two, compared to .333 for the Hokies.  Craycraft and Thomas both had four kills, while Gostling and Wiker recorded five kills apiece.

The Hokies claimed a 2-1 match lead with a 25-16 victory in set three.  Virginia Tech quickly gained the momentum, doubling Liberty's score at 20-10.  The Lady Flames got a pair of late kills from Thomas and one from Douglas, but Virginia Tech clinched the set with consecutive points at the end.

Douglas, Thomas and Virginia Tech's Gostling all had five kills during set three, while the Hokies outhit the Lady Flames, .405 to .182.

Set four remained tight throughout.  Following 12 consecutive sideouts, a Wiker kill pushed Virginia Tech's lead to 20-18.  The Lady Flames rallied to tie the score at 21-all, and then Virginia Tech went on a 3-1 run with three kills to earn match point, 24-22. Gostling then recorded the match-clinching kill at 25-23.

Liberty posted six blocks in the fourth set, holding Virginia Tech to a .190 attack percentage during the final stanza.

GARDNER-WEBB DEFEATED BY SAMFORD, 8-25, 16-25, 9-25 | BOX SCORE

The Gardner-Webb volleyball team suffered a tough 3-0 loss to Samford on Saturday afternoon on day two of the Samford Bulldog Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.

The Runnin' Bulldogs struggled from start to finish in the match, falling to Samford 25-8, 25-16 and 25-9.

The loss snaps GWU's winning streak at three and puts the Runnin' Bulldogs at 4-11 overall for the year.

Gardner-Webb posted 28 attack errors compared to only 21 kills and had six service errors in the match.

Gardner-Webb's Emily Holte and Anna Pashkova were both named to the Samford Bulldog Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Senior outside hitter Molly Rhyne led the way with six kills, while setter Heather Feldman dished out 13 set assists and picked up four kills over the three set match.

For Samford, Michaela Reesor tallied a team-high 10 kills to go along with eight digs, while Lauren Hutchinson added nine kills on a .412 attack percentage.

In the first set, the Runnin' Bulldogs took advantage of three Samford errors to tie the score up at 3-3 to start the contest.

After a kill by Tyler Cockrell put the Runnin' Bulldogs within two at 6-4, the Samford Bulldogs responded with a kill by Hutchinson which jump-started a 9-0 by the home team to push the Bulldogs in front by nine at 15-4.

Gardner-Webb cut the Samford lead to ten at 16-6 on a Feldman kill, but it did not slow down the Samford offensive attack, as four GWU errors helped to contribute to a 9-2 run by the Bulldogs who downed the Runnin' Bulldogs 25-8 in the opening set.

In the second set, the Runnin' Bulldogs fell behind early at 3-0, but battled back on a kill from Rhyne and a Samford attack error to cut the Bulldogs' lead to one at 8-7.

After a 4-0 run, aided by three GWU errors, by the Samford Bulldogs pushed the home team in front by five at 12-7, the Runnin' Bulldogs got kills from Rhyne, freshman Tyra Montour, Holte, senior Carolina Solano and Cockrell to get within four points at 16-12.

GWU cut the lead to three at 18-15, yet failed to put together a strong run over the remainder of the set, as the Samford Bulldogs finished the game on a 5-0 run to hold on for the 25-16 second set win and take a 2-0 match lead.

Down 2-0 heading into the third set, the Runnin' Bulldogs used two Samford errors to stay close to the Bulldogs of Samford at 3-2.  However, untimely errors and a long scoring drought would once again haunt the Runnin' Bulldogs, as a 6-0 run by Samford pushed the home team in front by seven at 9-2.

Gardner-Webb attempted to get back on track with back-to-back kills from Holte and Feldman, however, the Runnin' Bulldog offense failed to find any type of rhythm falling behind by eight at 14-6.

Another Feldman kill cut the Samford lead to seven at 14-7, things fell apart for GWU, as Samford ran off seven unanswered points to kick-off an 11-2 run to give the Samford Bulldogs a big 25-9 set win and the 3-0 match victory.

The Runnin' Bulldogs will return to action on Tuesday night, as GWU will hit the road to take on Western Carolina at 6 p.m. in Cullowhee, N.C.

UNC ASHEVILLE DEFEATED BY CHARLOTTE, 24-26, 11-25, 25-21, 20-25 | BOX SCORE

The Bulldogs dropped their second match --at the 2012 Hilton University 49er Invitational on Saturday afternoon, falling to host Charlotte 3-1 (26-24, 25-11, 21-25, 25-20) in volleyball action at the Dale F. Halton Arena.

Meredith Foster and Holly Shelton each tallied a team-high 12 kills, with Anna Moore chipping in 11 to the Blue & White's total.  The Bulldogs, who fall to 4-11 on the season, got only six kills from the rest of their offense in the four-set match.

Charlotte improves to 8-3 on the season with the victory.

Freshman setter Katie Davis tallied 30 assists for the Bulldogs, with Moore tallying two service aces. Moore also recorded five blocks defensively for Asheville, with libero Alex Stewart recording a team-best 16 digs.

The 49ers' were led offensively by Bianca Rouse, who tallied 16 kills on the day.  Amanda Videmsek added 14 kills and Mireya Braxton recorded 11. Lily Vera tallied 49 assists for Charlotte, and Jenna Litoborski recorded 15 digs.

WINTHROP DEFEATED BY NORTH FLORIDA, 13-25, 24-26, 14-25 | BOX SCORE

The Winthrop volleyball team split two matches Saturday on the final day of the Winthrop Classic, falling to North Florida and defeating Western Carolina.

In the second match of the day the Eagles defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts 3-0. The first set was a back-and-forth battle. Through the first 20 points neither team were able to gain a real advantage as the Eagles only had a maximum lead of three points. With the score tied 14-14, Western Carolina started a 5-1 run to open a 19-15 edge. Winthrop battled back to tie the set at 20-20 and then took five of the final seven points to take the first set 25-22.

The Eagles opened a big 5-0 lead to start the second set but Winthrop had to fight off a hard-charging Catamount squad. Western Carolina got back within one at 11-10 before Winthrop was able to open a 17-12 edge. The Eagles had set point at 24-20, but Western Carolina was about to fight off four set points and tie the game at 24-24. Winthrop had three more set points before finally being able to put away the Catamounts 28-26.

After a tight opening to the third set, Winthrop was again able to open a lead. The Eagles opened a 17-12 lead and this time did not allow Western Carolina an opportunity to come back as the Eagles took the final set 25-19 and the match 3-0.

Jennica Mullins led the Eagles with 13 kills and also led the team in blocks with seven total. Rachel Lenz also finished with 11 kills. Stephanie Palmer led Winthrop with 40 assists while Catherine Bruise finished with 18 digs.

Winthrop struggled offensively in the first game of the day, falling to the North Florida Ospreys 3-0. North Florida dominated the first set. The Eagles trailed by only two at 11-9, but a quick 4-0 spurt by the Ospreys opened a 15-9 advantage. Winthrop managed only four more points over the remainder of the set as North Florida took the second set 25-13.

The Eagles stepped up their game in the second set and led the Ospreys for the majority of the set. Late in the set, Winthrop had match point at 24-20, but couldn't put away North Florida to square the match. The Ospreys rattled off six-straight points to take the second set 26-24.

The wind was out of the sails of the Eagles in the third set. Winthrop led 6-5, but North Florida went on another important run, this time 6-0 to go up 11-6. North Florida extended its lead to 20-10 before putting away the set 25-14 and the match 3-0.

Rachel Lenz led the Eagles with 11 kills while Stephanie Palmer led the team with 24 assists and Catherine Bruise finished with 21 digs.

Winthrop landed two players on the All-Tournament Team. Jennica Mullins and Catherine Bruise joined six others on the All-Tournament Team. The full All-Tournament Team is listed below.

Winthrop will next start Big South Conference play as the Eagles head to Conway, SC on Friday, September 21 to face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at 7:00 p.m.

CAMPBELL DEFEATED BY TOLEDO, 20-25, 23-25, 11-25 | BOX SCORE

The Campbell volleyball team dropped both matches on Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Gym to host Wake Forest, 0-3 (14-25, 16-25, 14-25), and Toledo, 0-3 (20-25, 23-25, 11-25), to wrap up the Black and Gold Challenge. Sophomore outside Jessica Groen paced the offensive attack in each match and finished with 14 kills for the Camels.

With the losses, Campbell falls to 5-10 on the season, while Wake Forest (5-5) and Toledo (6-6) improved their records.

Campbell out-blocked the Rockets 7-to-3 in the second match of the day as freshman middle blocker Sam Zuber registered five blocks and tallied three more against the Demon Deacons.

The Sunbury, Ohio, native also added six kills against Toledo. Freshman Katelyn Layden continued to play strong in her first year, totaling 12 kills on the afternoon.

Recording 10 kills in the two matches was sophomore Lorin Thomas. The offense was distributed by junior Heather Wilson with a combined 43 assists.

The defense was paced by the duo of freshman Renatta Laport and sophomore Chelsey Pachoud with seven digs each. Freshman libero Lauren Bewick led the back row against Toledo with 12 digs.

The Camels were limited on the offensive attack against Wake Forest, registering just 22 kills, but the team swung more effectively than against Appalachian State, committing only 14 mistakes. In the first set, Campbell put down nine kills as opposed to three errors, but the Demon Deacons rolled to a 25-14 win.

Against the Rockets, the Camels came out swinging and totaled 13 kills in the first set, a 25-20 loss. The high-powered Toledo offense was consistent recording at least 16 kills in each frame.

During the second set, Campbell started with a 7-3 lead on a block from Zuber/Thomas. Toledo mounted a comeback late in the frame and took a 20-17 advantage following an 8-1 run.

The Camels would hold off set point on five occasions before Toledo shut the door, 25-23. Kills by Coats and Layden and a block from Zuber helped to keep the frame alive.

Toledo would continue with its strong attack and recorded a 25-11 win to clinch the match.

The first home match of the campaign is set for 7 p.m. on Friday against Big South-foe High Point at the John W. Pope Jr., Convocation Center. Campbell plays two matches the following afternoon against N.C. Central and N.C. A&T beginning at noon.

UNC ASHEVILLE DEFEEATED BY KENNESAW STATE, 18-25, 22-25, 13-25 | BOX SCORE

The UNC Asheville volleyball team fell to Kennesaw State 3-0 in their final match at the 2012 Hilton University 49er Classic on Saturday afternoon, falling 25-18, 25-22, 25-13 to the Owls.

With the loss the Bulldogs fall to 4-12 on the year while KSU improves to 10-4.

Freshman outside hitter Christine Lakatos led the Bulldogs offensively with 10 kills in the match, with Holly Shelton chipping in eight to Asheville's total.  Freshman setter Katie Davis tallied 28 assists, with Anna Moore throwing in four blocks for the Bulldogs.

Moore was named to the 49er Invitational All-Tournament team for her efforts on the weekend.

Turea Jones led the Owls in kills with 12, while hitting for a .375 average against the Blue & White. Setter Sara Metroka tallied 38 assists in directing the KSU offense, which hit for a .316 clip as a team. Metroka also recorded four service aces in the match.

The Bulldogs will open up Big South Conference play in their next match, when they travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on league foe Gardner-Webb next Friday, Sept. 21. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.

LIBERTY DEFEATED BY VIRGINIA, 25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 8-15 | BOX SCORE

Liberty took a 2-0 lead over Virginia before the Cavaliers bounced back, claiming the final three sets during a 3-2 win (18-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-8) over Liberty during Saturday's final match of the Marriott Cavalier Classic.

Virginia advances its record to 5-6 with the victory, while Liberty is now 8-4 following its third setback in a row.

The Cavaliers registered 70 kills at a .262 pace, while Liberty hit .213 and recorded 47 kills. Liberty posted 13 blocks to Virginia's seven and totaled 55 digs compared to 51 for the home team.

Ansley Gebben led the Lady Flames with 15 kills and Caroline Douglas contributed 14 kills and four blocks.  Gabrielle Shipe collected a match-high 22 digs and Kendle Rollins had a career-high eight blocks.  Jade Craycraft totaled 33 assists and Becca Haraf chipped in a personal-best four aces.

Loren Thomas recorded four blocks, giving her 403 for her career.  Thomas is the third player in program history with 400 or more career blocks.

Tori Janowski scored a match-high 25 kills in addition to 30 assists for the Cavaliers.  Kayla Sears contributed 18 kills and Natalie Bausback had 12 kills.

Liberty raced out to a 13-5 lead in the opening set, posting three blocks and receiving three kills from Thomas and two by Gebben during the surge.  Three kills in a row by Douglas pushed the Lady Flames' advantage to 18-8.  The visitors gained set point at 24-13, and the Cavaliers scored the next five points before Douglas ended the set with a kill.

The Lady Flames hit .429 in set one, led by four kills from Douglas.  Liberty also had four blocks and three aces.  Virginia attacked at a .222 efficiency during the first stanza.

The visitors staged a 5-0 rally to take the lead in set two, 14-11, with a Rollins ace capping the run. Virginia chipped away at the deficit, drawing even at 18-all.  The Cavaliers led briefly at 21-19 before committing three errors in a row.  Rollins and Monica Johnson combined on a block to set the score at 24-22, and Gebben scored a kill for the 25-23 victory and 2-0 match advantage.

Liberty held the Cavaliers to a .143 hitting percentage in the second set.  Douglas added five kills to her total, while Janowski registered five set-two kills.

Virginia opened a 16-12 lead during the third set, as Sears registered three kills to fuel a 4-0 run.  The Lady Flames staged a four-point rally of their own in reclaiming the lead at 18-17, taking advantage of two UVA errors.  The Cavaliers ended set three on an 8-1 run to earn a 25-19 win and extend the match to a fourth session.

During set three, Virginia hit .273, compared to .040 for the Lady Flames.  Janowski led all players with seven kills in the third set.

Four straight Cavalier attack errors erased a four-point UVA lead in the fourth frame, bringing the Lady Flames back into a 14-14 tie.  Liberty turned a 19-17 deficit into a 22-20 advantage thanks to a 5-1 run that saw Rollins and Douglas team up on two blocks.  Janowski tied the set at 23-23 with a kill, as the hosts closed to the finish, 25-23 to set up a decisive fifth set.

Both teams hit for high average in the fourth set, with Virginia at .324 and Liberty at .320.

Virginia built an 8-5 lead at the changeover in the final session as Janowski scored three early kills.  The Cavaliers extended their advantage to five, 10-5, on a kill by Sears. Janowski recorded a kill for set-point tries at 14-7, and scored the match-winner.

During set five, Virginia hit .421 and Liberty hit .100.  Janowski paced all players with five kills in the final session.

Liberty wraps up its nine-match away stretch on Tuesday, when the Lady Flames travel to Washington, D.C. to take on the Georgetown Hoyas of the BIG EAST at 7 p.m.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN DEFEATED BY THE CITADEL, 25-19, 25-12, 25-20 | BOX SCORE

Charleston Southern went 1-1 on the final day of the East Bay Deli Invitational, sweeping Stetson in the early afternoon match, but falling to local rival The Citadel in the final match of the weekend in straight sets to close out the tournament.

Meredith Parrott earned All-Tournament honors for the Buccaneers on the weekend, hitting .250 from the floor and averaged two blocks per match.  The freshman middle blocker from Mobile, Ala., was joined on the All-Tournament team by Wofford's Arden Anderson and Bekah Dorsey, Stetson's Monique Russell and The Citadel's Lauren Hurt and Mikaela Tracy. Libero Reagan Styles from Wofford was selected as tournament MVP.

Siraya Windsor led the Buccaneers in the final match of the East Bay Deli Invitational, recording nine kills and a .562 hitting percentage, but The Citadel won their second match of the weekend behind 10 kills by Amanda Rudnik as the Bulldogs topped CSU, 25-19, 25-12, 25-20.

Kayla Klinger and Katrina Houston added six kills apiece for the Buccaneers (5-9), while Meredith Parrott led the team at the net with three blocks as Charleston Southern hit .094 from the floor in the match against The Citadel (2-12).  The Bulldogs recorded 55 digs in the match, while hitting .293 from the floor in the three-set sweep.

The Bulldogs snapped a 5-all tie in the first set on a kill by Lauren Hurt as The Citadel took early control of the frame.  A Rachael Farrell service ace pushed their lead to five at 11-6, but the Buccaneers rallied back behind a kill from Erin LaVenice to pull within two at 18-16.  The Bulldogs stretched their lead back out at 23-16 following an Ise d'Angelo kill and despite kills by Houston and Klinger, the Bulldogs pulled out the 25-19 win following Farrell's final point.

The Citadel recorded six of the first seven points of the second set in building a 16-6 lead and the Bulldogs closed out the frame with five consecutive points, including a pair of aces by Erin Bucherl to go up 2-0 with the 25-12 win.

Charleston Southern fell behind 4-0 at the beginning of the third set, but evened the match back to within one at 8-7 behind a service ace by Cassidy Greer.  The Citadel answered with a 9-2 run, capped by a Jessica Maxwell kill to take a 17-9 lead, and though CSU fought back with kills by Klinger, Windsor and Parrott, the deficit proved too great to overcome as Charleston Southern fell, 25-20 to the Bulldogs.

Kirsten Struksnes set up the CSU offense with 20 assists on the evening, while Ashley Higgenbothem led the Buccaneer backline with 15 digs.  Sydney Tracy added a pair of blocks and three kills in the loss for Charleston Southern.

Charleston Southern remains at home on Tuesday, September 18th, as the Buccaneers welcome local rival College of Charleston to the Buccaneer Field House.  First serve between CSU and the Cougars is set for 7 p.m.