Big South Volleyball Wraps Up Opening Weekend


Liberty Defeats Elon, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16 | Box Score

The Liberty Lady Flames posted their second sweep in as many matches, downing Elon, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-16) on Saturday during their last match at the North Carolina Central Tournament.

Liberty now holds a 2-1 record after competing in three matches in Durham, while the Phoenix went 0-3 during the weekend invitational.

Both teams hit for a high percentage on Saturday, with the Lady Flames posting 36 kills at a .320 pace and Elon hitting .276 in sending down 37 kills.  The Phoenix hit exactly .276 in each of the three sets.  Liberty served up nine aces and totaled six team blocks on the afternoon.

Caroline Douglas
recorded a match-high 16 kills, hitting .538 in the process.  Ansley Gebben added eight kills at a .467 clip.  Kendle Rollins led the Lady Flames with four blocks, while Craycraft posted a team-high 26 assists and Lillie Happel served up a match-high three aces.

Kris Harris paced Elon with 10 kills, while setter Anna Nicksic led all players with 28 assists.

The Lady Flames built their first extended lead of the first set, 14-8, with a 5-0 run as the Phoenix committed two hitting errors and Happel added an ace.  Elon later went on a three-point rally to slice the deficit to four, 16-12.  A Douglas kill stopped the Phoenix’s surge and started a 6-3 run that gave the Lady Flames a 22-15 advantage.  The Phoenix scored the next four points before Douglas made it 23-19 with a kill.  After a Gebben kill gave Liberty set point, an Elon error ended set one, a 25-20 Liberty win.

Liberty connected for a .321 attack percentage in set one, with Gebben and Douglas both posting four kills and Elon’s Harris recording four kills as well.

After a back-and-forth start to set two, Elon went on a 4-0 run to gain the lead at 14-11.  Happel served up two quick points for the Lady Flames, sparking a 6-1 Liberty run to a 17-15 advantage.  Douglas assisted on two blocks during the Lady Flames’ rally.  Elon tied the set at 17-17, and later drew to within one, 23-22, following a Liberty miscue.  Douglas sent down a kill for a 24-22, set-point opportunity, and a Gebben kill clinched the middle set, 25-23.

During set two, the Lady Flames overcame an .040 hitting percentage by registering three blocks and two aces during the stanza.

Liberty jumped out to a 16-10 lead in the third set, with Douglas posting seven kills and Gebben adding three kills during the opening stages.  An Elon error out of a timeout extended Liberty’s lead to 17-10 to cap a four-point run.  The Phoenix pulled to within six, 22-16, with an ace, but the Lady Flames earned the match sweep, with a Douglas-Rollins block and Lauren Bosche ace serving as the final two points.

Liberty hit .636 during set three, led by a 9-for-9 showing from Douglas and three kills from Gebben.

The Lady Flames return to Lynchburg, and will open their home schedule against Commonwealth opponent William & Mary on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the Vines Center.

Coastal Carolina Defeated by Xavier, 19-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 9-15 | Box Score
Coastal Carolina Falls to South Carolina State
, 25-23, 23-25, 20-25, 25-14, 9-15 | Box Score

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team fell in a pair of five set matches at the Big Orange Bash hosted by Clemson University.  The Chanticleers took on Xavier University in the first match of the day before taking on South Carolina State University.

Xavier took the opening two sets of the match while CCU won sets three and four before the Musketeers clinched the match with a 15-9 fifth set victory.  Coastal won the opening set against SCSU but the Bulldogs took sets two and three.  The Chants dominated in the fourth set winning 25-14 but the Bulldogs recovered in the fifth set winning 15-9.

Coastal’s record falls to 0-3 on the season while the Musketeers improved to 2-0 and the Bulldogs improved to 1-2.

The Chants were led by junior Meghan Laffin who was named to the All-Tournament Team.  Against the Musketeers she had 15 kills and a .387 attack percentage.  She added six digs and a pair of block assists as well.  Sophomore Lian Bernett added 14 kills and eight digs while sophomore Katie Martin and freshman Gabriella Horvath chipped in six kills each.  Horvath added six digs and six block assists to her total.

Junior Lauren Alejo came up just short of a double-double with 32 assists and eight digs and led the team with three service aces.  Senior Jamie DiMaggio led the team with 11 digs.

Laffin continued to excel against SCSU with a team-high 19 kills, three service aces and four digs.  Bernett added 12 kills and nine digs coming up just short of her first double-double of the season.  Horvath had seven kills and six digs.

DiMaggio led the team with 21 digs while Alejo added 33 assists and seven digs.  Alejo also led the team with five service aces.

The Chants once again struggled offensively hitting .131 as a team against Xavier and .188 against SCSU.  The Musketeers hit .311 while the Bulldogs hit .243.

The Chants and Musketeers battled the entire match with each set being decided by just six-points or less.  XU won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-21, while CCU took the next two, 25-21 and 25-22, XU closed out the match with a 15-9 win in the fifth set.

The Chants match with the Bulldogs was close in every set except for the fourth in which Coastal dominated winning 25-14.  CCU hit a tournament best .412 in the fourth set while holding the Bulldogs to just .062.  The Bulldogs would immediately recover as they took the fifth set 15-9 holding the Chants to a negative attack percentage at -.056.

The Chanticleers will return to action next weekend as they travel to the University of Pittsburgh Invitational to take on Pittsburgh, Butler and Howard.

High Point Defeats Long Island, 16-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-14, 15-12 | Box Score

Senior Molly Barlow had a career-high 29 digs and senior Courtney Johnk posted 17 kills to lead the High Point University volleyball team to a 3-2 win over Long Island - Brooklyn on Saturday in Wilmington, N.C. The Panthers rallied for their first win of the season after dropping the first set to the Blackbirds.

The fifth set was tied eight different times, with the final tie coming at 12-12.  The Panthers scored the final five points of the match to pull out the 3-2 (16-25, 25-21, 17-25, 25-14, 15-12) win at the UNC Courtyard Wilmington Beach Bash.

Johnk had a double-double, tallying 11 digs to go along with her match-high 17 kills.  She also chipped in five aces and two blocks.  Barlow had six of her career-high 29 digs in the final set.  Sophomore Chelsea Davis hit .238 with 16 kills and redshirt-sophomore Maddie Simpson had a double-double with 45 assists and 17 digs.

After dropping the first set, the Panthers tied the match with a 25-21 win in the second.  Johnk had five kills while Davis and Michelle Chakirelis added four each.  HPU led the entire frame and outhit the Blackbirds .270 to .190 for the set.

LIU answered with a 25-17 win in the third set.  Davis posted six kills in the frame but the Blackbirds were able to limit the rest of HPU's attackers.

High Point rolled through the fourth set with a 25-14 win to force a fifth and final frame.  Simpson spread the ball around with four different attackers posting at least two kills in the final set.  Chakirelis put down a kill to tie the fifth set at 12-12 and force an LIU timeout.  After the break Davis and Johnk had back-to-back kills to bring up match point and another LIU timeout.  The Panthers weren't phased by the break and Davis' final kill of the match was the game-winner.

Chakirelis finished the match with eight kills and three blocks and Caity Farus added seven kills and six blocks. Annemarie Chin recorded 12 digs.

High Point Defeats Delaware State, 25-20, 26-24, 25-17 | Box Score

The High Point University volleyball team wrapped up play in the UNCW Courtyard Wilmington Beach Bash with a sweep of Delaware State on Saturday in Wilmington, N.C. Senior Courtney Johnk finished an outstanding weekend with 10 kills and four blocks against the Hornets.

The Panthers improved to 2-1 with the 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-17) win.

Sophomore Chelsea Davis finished the match with a team-high 11 kills and eight digs.  Sophomore Caity Farus hit .438 with eight kills and junior Michelle Chakirelis added nine kills.  Redshirt-sophomore Maddie Simpson dished out 34 assists and senior Molly Barlow came up with nine digs.

The Panthers never trailed in the first set, winning 25-20 behind seven kills from Johnk who didn’t commit an error in the frame.  As a team, the Panthers hit .441 with 19 kills.

Delaware State erased an early HPU lead and tied the second set 24-24.  Davis pulled out the win for the Panthers with a kill and a solo block of Edarkis Branch.  Davis had four kills on 10 swings in the frame.

Three kills by Farus in the middle of the third set gave HPU a 14-10 lead.  HPU held that advantage and went on to win the frame 25-17 and complete the sweep.

High Point will host Wake Forest in the Panthers’ home opener on Tuesday at the Millis Center.  The match will begin at 7 p.m.

Gardner-Webb Falls to Illinois State, 25-19, 25-23, 25-15 | Box Score
Gardner-Webb Defeated by VCU, 25-22, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20 | Box Score

The Gardner-Webb volleyball team dropped two matches on Saturday afternoon, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs fell to Illinois State in straight sets in the first match and in four sets to VCU in GWU’s second match of the day at the final day of play at the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

The two losses on Saturday drops the Runnin’ Bulldogs to 0-3 on the young season.

Freshman Anna Pashkova was named to the All-Tournament Team, as the libero totaled 38 digs over the Runnin’ Bulldogs match, including posting a career-high 18 digs in the four set loss to VCU.

Match 1: Illinois State 3, Gardner-Webb 0

In the first match of the day, the Runnin’ Bulldogs battled the Redbirds of Illinois State from start to finish, yet fell in straight sets 25-19, 25-23 and 25-15 in the early afternoon contest.

Junior outside hitter Erin Anderson posted a team-high eight kills, while sophomore setter Heather Feldman recorded her first double-double of the season with 20 assists and 14 digs over the three set match.  Senior Carolina Solano and junior middle blockers Amanda Murphy and Tyler Cockrell each recorded four kills apiece, while both Murphy and Cockrell each tallied three block assists overall.

For the Redbirds, Shannon McGlaughlin posted a double-double of 10 kills and 14 digs, while two other players totaled eight kills apiece in the win.

GWU opened the first set up with a 2-0 lead, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs took full advantage of two errors by Illinois State to start the contest.

After a kill by Feldman put Gardner-Webb on top at 3-1, the Redbirds went on a 13-5 run to take a six point lead at 14-8 on a Runnin’ Bulldog attack error.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs would not get any closer than five points for the remainder of the set, as the Redbirds went on to win the first set 25-19 to take an early 1-0 match lead.

Just like in the first set, the Runnin’ Bulldogs took an early lead, running out to a 3-0 lead highlighted by a kill by Anderson.

Gardner-Webb held on to a three point lead at 7-4 on a kill by Cockrell, yet struggled to pull away as Illinois State battled back with four straight points to take their first lead of the second frame at 10-8.

Back-to-back errors by Illinois State knotted the score up at 10-10, opening the door for the Runnin’ Bulldogs who went on a 8-2 run, jump started by a kill by junior right side hitter Emily Holte, to take a six point lead at 18-12.

GWU was unable to put the set away, as the Redbirds stormed back to cut the GWU lead to two at 19-18 on back-to-back kills by Ashley Rosch.

A kill by Solano and a Redbird attack error put the Runnin’ Bulldogs in front by four at 22-18 and forced Illinois State to call its final timeout of the set.

However, the timeout proved to be costly for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, as the Redbirds outscored GWU 7-1 down the stretch to steal a 25-23 set win and push their match lead to 2-0.

The third set belonged to the Redbirds from start to finish, as GWU tied the score up at 1-1 on a Redbird attack error and then gave up eight straight points to fall behind 9-1.

Over the next several rallies, the Runnin’ Bulldogs were outscored 11-7 to fall behind by 12 at 20-8, yet failed to quit, putting together two runs of three points apiece down the stretch in the 25-15 set loss.

Despite posting six blocks overall as a team, one more than the Redbirds, the Runnin’ Bulldogs were haunted by an attack percentage of only .064 for the match, recording 20 attack errors overall.
Match 2: VCU 3, Gardner-Webb 1

In the Runnin’ Bulldogs second match of the day, GWU battled back from a 2-0 match deficit to take the third set 25-20 and force a fourth set, in which the Rams held on for the 25-20 set victory to defeat GWU 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20) match win.

Solano recorded a season-high nine kills, while Feldman’s 33 set assists and freshman libero Anna Pashkova’s team-high 18 digs were both season-highs in the Runnin’ Bulldogs 3-1 loss.

The Rams were led by Kristin Boyd’s 11 kills and Amanda Love’s 16 digs in the match, both team-highs.

The first set would prove to be a precursor for the match overall, as the two teams traded scoring runs back-and-forth, putting the score at 13-13 midway through the opening frame.

After VCU took a 16-14 lead on a service ace by Samantha Blaze, the Runnin’ Bulldogs responded with back-to-back points by Holte to retie the score at 16-16 and force the Rams to call a timeout.

The set would remain close throughout, as the frame remained tied at 21-21 until three straight points by the Rams not only pushed VCU in front at 24-21, but lead the visitors to the 25-22 set win and a 1-0 match lead.

Like the opening set, the second set started out as a tight affair, as the score was tied up at 5-5 overall until a 7-3 run by the Rams put VCU in front by four at 12-8 and forced the Runnin’ Bulldogs to use an early timeout.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs failed to get back into the set, as the Rams pushed their lead out to as much as eight before finishing the set out with a 5-1 run to down GWU 25-16 in the second set.

Down 2-0 in the match, the Runnin’ Bulldogs refused to roll over and play dead, but rather used a 5-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back kills by freshman middle blocker Tyra Montour to take a 9-5 lead and force the Rams to use an early timeout.

Out of the break, the Runnin’ Bulldogs allowed the Rams back into the contest, as VCU cut the GWU lead to one at 15-14 on a GWU attack error.

Gardner-Webb responded with three straight points to kick off a 7-4 run and take a 24-18 set lead. 

After failing to put the set away on the first two set points, GWU used a VCU service error with the score at 24-20 to take the 25-20 set win, their first of the season.

In the fourth set, GWU found themselves down early at 9-6, yet cut the lead to two at 10-8 on a kill by Murphy.  However, VCU answered with a 7-2 run to pull ahead by seven at 17-10 and all but put the set and match away.

Gardner-Webb would get kills from Murphy and Holte down the stretch, yet couldn’t overcome the big deficit, ultimately falling to VCU 25-20 in the fourth set and 3-1 in the match.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs again struggled with their offensive efficiency, posting an attack percentage of only .078 for the match, well below the .216 team attack percentage by the Rams.

Gardner-Webb (0-3) will return to action this Tuesday night, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs will do battle with the Davidson Wildcats at 7 p.m. in Davidson, N.C.

Campbell Defeats Bethune Cookman, 25-10, 25-13, 27-25 | Box Score

Campbell used a team effort on the volleyball court Saturday afternoon to secure a straight-set victory, 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 27-25), against Bethune Cookman at Minges Coliseum to conclude the East Carolina Classic.  The Camels finished the season-opening event at 2-1 overall.

Five players posted at least five kills during the match, paced by sophomore outside Jessica Groen  with seven.  Sophomores right side Brooke Kelley and middle blocker Lorin Thomas  and junior setter Heather Wilson each registered six kills.

In the middle, junior Lindsey Coats posted five kills and seven block assists.  The Camels would total 10 blocks in the contest with Kelley, Wilson and Thomas each contributing three.

Freshman libero Lauren Bewick dug up a team-best nice attacks.  Adding seven digs was junior outside Chelsey Pachoud, while freshman outside Katelyn Layden tallied five.

The tone for the match was set in the first frame as the Camels rallied to a 13-4 lead early on.  The final five points of the run came from the service of Layden, which was aided by a Coats and Wilson block and kills by Wilson (2) and Coats.

Campbell continued to stay in system with a strong passing game from the back row as the offense posted 14 kills without a mistake for a .538 attacking pct.  Another impressive feat for the Camels was that the team was a perfect 11-for-11 in sideouts, not allowing the opponent to have consecutive serves.

Leading the way offensively was Wilson with four kills and seven assists, while Coats posted four blocks in the frame.

To start the second set, Bethune Cookman took an early lead 5-2, but that was quickly erased with the service from senior middle blocker Kelsey Marek that produced three kills - Thomas, Kelley, Groan - and a service ace.  Pachoud then served up five-straight points as the lead stretched to 15-7.

The blocking game became a fixture for the Camels as the set went on as the duos of  freshman setter Pia Holzgreve/Marek and Marek/Kelley each swatted down an attack.

An early advantage was seized by Campbell at 12-6 in the third set following a Groen kill, but the Wildcats would not go down without a fight.  Campbell was forced to call a timeout as Bethune Cookman rallied to a 23-22 lead.

After staving off set point at 24-23, the Camels were able to secure the frame with a 27-25 win after a series of mistakes from the Wildcats.

The Camels are back in action on Tuesday with a mid-week tilt at UNC Wilmington beginning at 7 p.m. On Friday, Campbell heads to Williamsburg, Va., to compete in the William & Mary Tournament.

The home season begins on Sept. 21 as the Camels host High Point in the Big South opener at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.

Presbyterian Defeats Eastern Washington,26-24, 25-21, 25-16 | Box Score

The Presbyterian College volleyball team saw three players post nine kills apiece as the Blue Hose earned their first victory of the season, defeating Eastern Washington 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-16) during second day action of the UniWyo Wyoming Invite being held Aug. 24-25 in Laramie, Wyo.

PC moves to 1-2 overall, while the Eagles fall to 0-3.

Leading the Blue Hose were Presley Mabrey, Allison Brown and Kelly Berryman, all of whom recorded a team-leading nine kills.  Brown only had three errors to finish with a .333 hitting percentage.  Ashtin Frank, who had four kills, led the team with 31 assists.  Mabrey had 16 digs, while Mary Trimpe added 13 on the day.

PC posted 42 kills on the match, compared to just 28 for Eastern Washington.  The Blue Hose and Eagles each finished with six total blocks.

Ahead 20-17 in the first game, the Blue Hose dropped four straight to find themselves down 20-21.  The Eagles built a 24-22 lead before PC capitalized on a kill by Mabrey, Brown and Elizabeth Miler to take the next four points and come away with the 26-24 win.

The Blue Hose built a 19-13 lead in the second game before Eastern Washington used a 6-1 run, due in part to three PC attack errors and three EWU kills by Kellen Barfield, to cut the margin to one, 20-19.  Mabrey recorded back-to-back kills to pull away at the end, taking the 25-21 win.

A 10-4 run in the third game broke open a 7-7 tie and gave PC the 17-11 lead.  EWU cut the deficit to three, 17-14, off two PC miscues, but that would be as close as the Eagles would get with the Blue Hose scoring the next nine of 11 points to take the 25-16 victory.

Winthrop Falls to Bradley 18-25, 21-25, 20-25| Box Score
Winthrop Defeats N.C. Central, 25-18, 25-13, 25-22| Box Score

The Winthrop volleyball team went 2-1 in the opening weekend of the 2012 season after splitting a pair of matches on Saturday as the Eagles fell 3-0 to Bradley and rebounded to take a 3-0 win over host NC Central in the NCCU Invitational.

The Eagles faced tournament favorite Bradley in the first match of the day and suffered through a tough offensive performance in losing 25-18, 25-13, 25-22.  As a team the Eagles hit just .095 as not a single Winthrop player reached double figure kills.  Junior setter Stephanie Palmer, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, had the best individual performance for the Eagles as she finished with a .333 attack percentage on six kills.  She also added 15 assists and was credited with five defensive digs.

Freshman Brittany Rampersad led Winthrop in total kills with eight while hitting a respectable .294 for the match.  Sophomore defensive specialist Catherine Brusie led the Eagles on defense with 10 digs.

Bradley, which finished 3-0 in the tournament, did not have that much of an advantage on the offensive end as the Braves hit only .159, but they managed 18 more attacks than Winthrop and finished with 16 more kills (43-27).  One of the reasons for the advantage in attack attempts was the fact that Winthrop committed six errors on serve receptions while Bradley committed none.

In the win over NC Central, Winthrop got its offense in gear as it finished with a .427 hitting percentage compared to .188 for the host team.  The Eagles had only seven attack errors in 75 attempts and finished with 39 kills.  Sophomore middle hitter Jennica Mullins led Winthrop with 13 kills while freshman middle Amy Zimmer led the team with a .667 hitting percentage with nine kills.  Close behind in the offensive stats was Palmer who hit .588 and finished 10 kills to go along with 20 assists.

Winthrop took advantage of a 12-6 advantage in service aces, including five by sophomore Jessica Codato, and compiled seven team blocks compared to just two by NCCU.

Winthrop will face Appalachian State in its regular season home opener next Tuesday, Aug. 28, with the first serve scheduled for 6 p.m.

Charleston Southern Loses to Georgia Tech, 15-25, 13-25, 15-25 | Box Score

A trio of freshmen led the way for Charleston Southern in Saturday's opening match as the Buccaneers took on host Georgia Tech on the second day of the Georgia Tech Courtyard Invitational, held in O'Keefe Gymnasium.  Monique Mead led the host Yellow Jackets with 13 kills in the match as CSU fell in three sets to the home team, 25-15, 25-13, 25-15.

Katrina Houston, Siraya Windsor and Meredith Parrott led the Buccaneers (0-2) offense in the match as the freshmen trio recorded four kills apiece as CSU falls for the second time in the young 2012 season.  Led by Mead's offensive performance and 13 digs by Nicki Meyer, Georgia Tech improves to 2-0 in their season opening tournament.

Georgia Tech broke a 3-3 tie in the first set, going on a 7-2 run to take control early following a service ace by Zoey Morton.  The lead was pushed to 14-6 behind a Kaleigh Colson ace, but the Buccaneers battled back, bringing the match back to within four at 14-10 as Windsor served an ace for CSU.

GT rallied to build their lead back to seven at 20-13 as Colson and Quinn Evans combined on a block, but Wynter Davis responded with a service ace on CSU's next serve to keep the Buccaneers alive.  However, Morton served the Yellow Jackets out, closing the set with three consecutive aces to put the hosts up 1-0 after the first set.

Charleston Southern battled back from an early 6-2 deficit in the second set, rallying to close the gap as Davis recorded a kill and Houston added a kill and an ace as the Buccaneers rallied back to an 8-7 game.

A 14-2 run put the set squarely in Georgia Tech's favor as a kill by Courtney Felinski put the set at 23-10.  CSU rallied with three points toward the end of the set, but Felinski put away the final point for the Yellow Jackets to close out the 25-13 set victory.

GT again jumped out to an early lead in the third set, recording seven of the first 10 points on their way to building a 14-5 lead following a Bailey Hunter kill.  A pair of Houston and Davis' kills, as well as a kill by Windsor kept Charleston Southern in the game, but Georgia Tech pulled away with the final three points to close out the match with the 25-15 victory.

Ashley Higgenbothem led the Buccaneers defense in the match, recording a match-high 15 digs over the three sets to pace the Buccaneers as CSU accumulated 26 digs overall.  Cassidy Greer led CSU with seven set assists and Windsor added three service aces in the match, while Davis added three kills for the Buccaneers in their second action on the season.

Campbell Defeated by Charlotte, 22-25, 21-25, 16-25 | Box Score

The Campbell volleyball team fell on Saturday afternoon to Charlotte, 3-0 (22-25, 21-25, 16-25), at the East Carolina Classic inside Minges Coliseum. Posting her first career double-double was sophomore outside Jessica Groen with 10 kills and 11 digs.

The Camels, who started strong and had leads at the midway point of the first two sets, dropped to 1-1 on the season, while the 49ers improved to 2-0.

Junior middle blocker Lindsey Coats registered six kills and just one block, a day after tallying nine against East Carolina.

The offense was run by junior setter Heather Wilson, who dished out 24 assists. Making her first appearance for the Camels in the third set was freshman setter Pia Holzgreve.

A total of nine Campbell players notched a kill in the contest. Freshman middle blocker Sam Zuber put down four attacks. Three kills each were contributed by sophomore right side Brooke Kelley and junior middle blocker Loren Thomas.

Leading the back row was freshman libero Lauren Bewick and Goen with 11 digs apiece. Junior outside Chelsey Pachoud added six digs for the Camels.

The first set began with a five point Campbell lead, 8-3, thanks to the strong service of Pachoud, Layden and Wilson. Charlotte came back to knot the contest at 10, then the teams fought back and forth to a 21-all dead lock. Three of the final four points would be scored by the 49ers.

The Camels started strong in the second frame as Bewick went back to serve five times aided by a block from Wilson and Groen, a Groen kill and a service ace, allowing for an early 7-3 lead. Late in the set, Campbell had an 18-13 advantage following a Zuber kill before Charlotte went on a run of its own to close out the set, 25-21.

Going into the break, Groen was the top player for the Camels posting 10 kills without a mistake for a .526 attacking pct.

In the third set, Charlotte cruised to the sweep after jumping out to a 9-3 advantage, 25-16.

Charleston Southern Loses to Cal State Fullerton, 17-25, 19-25, 22-25 | Box Score

Katrina Houston and Erin LaVenice combined for 15 kills as Charleston Southern closed out the 2012 Georgia Tech Courtyard Invitational with their best match of the weekend, but paced by double-digit kills by both Kayla Neto and Bre Moreland, Cal State Fullerton took the win 25-17, 25-19, 25-22.

Houston led the way with eight kills for CSU (0-3), as Charleston Southern hit a weekend best .170 from the floor in the contest against the Titans (2-1).  LaVenice added seven kills, while Wynter Davis added six kills and four blocks in the loss.

Charleston Southern rallied from a 9-5 deficit in the first game, tying the set up at nine apiece as the teams tied six times, swapping the lead twice in the first frame.  CSU continued their run, going up 12-10 on a CSF attack error, but the Titans rallied back on Moreland’s serve, taking a 15-12 lead.

Though CSU challenged throughout the remainder of the set, Cal State Fullerton built a six point advantage at 22-16 before Leah Best and Moreland closed out the 25-17 set victory with a block.

The second set was tightly contested through the first 26 points as the teams were knotted up at 13 apiece before the Titans went on a 7-0 run behind two service aces by Kaylynne Taeatafa to take the 20-13 advantage.  Charleston Southern rallied back, cutting the lead to four at 21-17 as Davis and Sydney Tracy combined for a block, but the Buccaneers’ rally was short-lived as CSF was able to close out the set behind back-to-back kills by Moreland, going up 2-0 with the 25-19 win.

Cal State Fullerton built their largest lead of the third set at 14-9 following a kill by Lauren Kissell, but Charleston Southern rallied back behind the serve of Maggie Murphy, cutting the deficit down to 17-15.  The Buccaneers comeback continued as Michaela Luna recorded a service ace and Kirsten Struksnes tied the match up at 22 apiece with a kill down the line.

However, Moreland ended the CSU attempts to push the match into a fourth set with a pair of kills and a Julie Consani service ace ended the contest in favor of the Titans.

Struksnes and Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense in the match as the duo recorded 12 assists apiece, while Tracy led the Buccaneers backline with 11 digs.  Murphy added nine digs to the defensive efforts, while LaVenice and Meredith Parrott had two blocks apiece to round out the box score.

Charleston Southern returns to the Buccaneer Fieldhouse as CSU prepares for the first of two home tournaments the team will host in the 2012 season.  The first tournament will feature Charleston Southern, Canisius, USC Upstate, Mercer and Furman, and will begin on Friday, August 31st.

Radford Defeated by Maryland-Eastern Shore, 16-25, 25-21, 20-25, 18-25 | Box Score

In the battle of unbeatens, the Radford volleyball team established early leads in each of the four sets, but could not hold on as Maryland Eastern Shore took the 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18) decision on Saturday afternoon in the final game for both teams at the SFC Terrier Invitational.
Leading the Highlanders (2-1) were sophomore Rachel Wiechecki and freshman Cheyanne James.  Wiechecki erupted for 15 kills and 16 digs to register her second double-double of the tournament, while James put down 12 kills and 10 digs for her first collegiate double-double.
For the three-game tournament, Wiechecki amassed 39 kills and 46 digs.
Junior Emily Carlin also reached double figures in digs with 11, while sophomores Jena Braden and Christine Beckham dished out a combined 43 assists.
UMES (3-0) was paced by Saitaua Iosia's double-double of 24 kills and 17 digs, which were both game highs.  Ndidi Ibe joined Iosia in the double-figure kills column with 13, while attacking at a .571 clip.  Jessica Vicic had a game-high 47 handouts, while Jingqiao Li was credited with 10 digs for the Hawks.
UMES used a blistering .552 attack percentage to claim the opening set.  Radford jumped out to an early 4-1 advantage before the Hawks rallied with a 17-7 run to go ahead by nine.  The Highlanders cut the deficit to seven, but the defending MEAC champions quickly closed the door to take the first game, 25-16.
The second stanza started much like the first as RU built an early 4-1 lead once again.  UMES showed its resiliency once more, mounting a run that helped the Hawks reclaim the lead at 9-7.
By capturing the next six points, the Highlanders were able to establish a 4-point advantage.  UMES made one last challenge late in the frame to close to within one (22-21), but Radford was able to claim the final three points to even the match at one game apiece.
Like the first two sets, the Highlanders once again obtained an early 3-point lead, this time 6-3.  However, the Hawks were up to the challenge again, as a Iosia kill sparked another UMES comeback.  With the score tied at 10, the Hawks seized the next three points, which provided enough cushion the rest of the way for UMES to triumph in game three and move ahead 2-1 in the match.
In the final game, Radford grabbed its fourth early lead of the contest at 8-4.  After squaring the set at 13, the Hawks put the game and match out of reach by winning the next six points to grasp a 19-13 lead.  The Highlanders got within five, 20-15, but UMES claimed five of the final eight points to win the set 25-18 and clinch the match.
RU hit for .223 with 53 kills on the day, while the Hawks accumulated 56 kills at a .357 clip.
The Highlanders take their season-opening road swing to Hampton, Va. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, for a 1:00 p.m. non-conference tilt with the Pirates.

UNC Asheville Defeated by Temple, 16-25, 21-25, 20-25 | Box Score

The UNC Asheville volleyball team fell to Temple, 3-0 on Saturday morning in the second day of the Gamecock Invitational on the campus of South Carolina.  The Owls won 25-16, 25-21, 25-20.

Asheville falls to 0-3 on the young season and plays its final match of the day against South Carolina tonight starting at 8 p.m.

Holly Shelton led the Bulldogs with seven kills and three blocks.  Freshman Christine Lakatos added five kills.  Anna Moore chipped in four kills and four blocks.  Meredith Foster also had four kills and contributed three blocks.

Alex Stewart paced the Asheville defense with 12 digs.  The Bulldogs used two setters in the match as Jaimie Dorfman and Katie Davis each has 12 assists.

UNC Asheville Falls to South Carolina, 16-25, 22-25, 16-25 | Box Score

In the final match of the 2012 Gamecock Invitational presented by Courtyard Marriott the UNC Asheville volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision (16-25, 22-25, 16-25) to host South Carolina on Saturday evening.

With the loss the Bulldogs fall to 0-4 on the young season, while the Gamecocks stay undefeated at 4-0.

The Bulldogs were led on offense by freshman Christine Lakatos, who posted eight kills on the night. Anna Moore and Holly Shelton posted six kills apiece, while Meredith Foster and Chelsie Kenley each had four.

Setter Katie Davis recorded 21 assists while Rachel Wells tallied eight digs on defense.

South Carolina got a match-high 14 kills from Juliette Thevenin, who hit for a .440 clip over three sets. Bethanie Thomas recorded 10 kills for the Gamecocks, while Taylor Bruns (22) and Lexie Pawlik (21) combined for 43 assists while splitting time at setter.

The Blue & White will be back in action next week, when they take part in the 2012 Tiger Invitational hosted by Savannah State. Asheville will take on New Mexico on Friday at 11 a.m., followed by a match against SSU at 3 p.m.

Presbyterian Falls to San Francisco, 24-26, 19-25, 16-25 | Box Score

The Presbyterian College volleyball team faced San Francisco in its last match of the UniWyo Wyoming Invite, held Aug. 24-25 in Laramie, Wyo., and came away with a 3-0 loss.

PC falls to 1-3, while San Francisco improves to 3-1.

Kelly Berryman
paced the Blue Hose with 10 kills of 23 attacks.  She was followed by Presley Mabrey and Rachel Hall with seven each.  Ashtin Frank recorded 33 assists, while Mary Trimpe added 12 digs.  PC posted seven total blocks with Berryman leading the team with four block assists.

PC had 41 kills, compared to 45 for the Dons.  The Blue Hose hit .178, while USF hit .330 for the match.

The Blue Hose hung with San Francisco for most of the first game and even led on several occasions, the last time a 21-20 lead which came off a USF attack error.  USF took the lead back, 22-21, off a PC miscue and a kill by Jocelyn Levig, who was second on the team with 10 kills.  Elizabeth Miler's kill evened the score at 22-22.  A see-saw battle the next four points resulted in the last tie of the game at 24-24.  Alycia Cox put the Dons up 25-24 and a service ace by Whitney Swain sealed the 26-24 win.

San Francisco held a four to five point lead a majority of game two until a kill by Allison Brown cut the deficit to 16-13.  That would be as close at PC would get as USF used a 6-1 run to build a 19-14 lead.  The Dons held at least a five-point margin the remainder of the game and took the eventual 25-19 win.

The Blue Hose took an early 3-1 lead before San Francisco rattled off four straight to hold the 5-3 advantage.  The Dons continued to roll as they increased the lead to as much as nine, taking the 25-16 win.

The Blue Hose return to Clinton for their home-opener Tuesday, August 28.  PC takes on East Tennessee State at 6 p.m.