Campbell, Gardner-Webb and High Point Volleyball Victorious Tuesday

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CAMPBELL DEFEATS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE, 29-27, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18 | BOX SCORE

Junior middle blocker Lindsey Coats, sophomore outside Jessica Groen and freshman middle blocker Sam Zuber each registered over 10 kills as the Campbell volleyball team downed South Carolina State, 3-1 (29-27, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18), on Tuesday at Dukes Gymnasium.

The Camels improved to 5-7 on the season, while the Bulldogs fell to 2-5.  Campbell recorded 10 service aces during the match, tying a season-high, along with 50 kills and a .259 attacking pct.

Coming up one kill shy of a personal best was Coats with 13 kills.  Groen set a career-high .409 hitting pct., that included 11 kills on 22 swings with just two mistakes and achieved another career-best with seven digs.

Zuber tallied 10 kills for the Camels, while hitting at a .375 rate for the Camels.  Junior setter Heather Wilson posted 35 assists and tied a career-best with four blocks.

Defensively, the Camels were led by sophomore libero Mallorie Cubillos with a match-high 13 digs.  Ten players notched at least a digs during the match as the Camels out-dug their opponent for the second time this season, 41-37.

Seven team blocks were recorded by the Camels led by Coats with five and Wilson with four.  Sophomore right side Lorin Thomas and Zuber each added two blocks at the net.

South Carolina State was paced by Desire Waller with 27 kills, while Melanie Williams posted a double-double with 36 assists and 10 digs.  The Bulldogs posted 14 blocks during the contest led by Alyse Lewis with seven, including four solo.

In the first set, Campbell jumped out to an early lead, 5-1, on the service of sophomore outside Chelsey Pachoud, who earned an ace on the run.  The Bulldogs battled back to tie the contest at 15 and then rallied to take a 23-20 advantage before a Campbell timeout.

The Camels rattled off three-straight points on a kill by sophomore right side Brooke Kelley and back-to-back spikes from Zuber.  A block by the duo of Thomas/Coats provided set point, but the Bulldogs would knot the frame at 25.

Following a deadlock at 27-all, Coats notched a kill for a sideout and Wilson/Zuber put up a block to clinch the set, 29-27.  The Camels overcame seven mistakes, which six were forced by the Bulldogs on blocks.

To start the second frame, the Camels and Bulldogs were tied at four until freshman outside Katelyn Layden took the service line and three blocks along with an ace sparked a 4-0 run.  Campbell capped off a 12-3 run with a series of mistakes from SCSU and cruised to a 25-17 set win.

With a 2-0 lead in the match, Campbell put itself in a hole early in the third set down 6-0.  The Camels battled back and eventually rallied to a lead of 20-19 on a kill by Groen.  The Bulldogs took advantage of a couple mistakes and secured a 25-22 victory.

South Carolina State began the fourth set with a 10-6 advantage before the Camels mounted a comeback.  Wilson would guide Campbell into the lead with two service aces and a kill by Groen, 11-10.

Another long rally started by Pachoud helped finish off the Bulldogs following an ace and kills by Coats (2) and Layden.  Campbell finished off South Carolina State, 25-18, on three-consecutive kills by Zuber and Groen (2).

The Camels head to Wake Forest this weekend for the Black and Gold Challenge.  Campbell faces Appalachian State on Friday at 4:30 p.m. before facing host Wake Forest and Toledo beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Campbell opens its home slate on Sept. 21 against Big South-foe High Point at 7 p.m. inside the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.  North Carolina Central and N.C. A&T visit Gore Arena the following day starting at noon.

GARDNER-WEBB DEFEATS N.C. A&T, 25-13, 25-16, 25-15 | BOX SCORE

The Gardner-Webb volleyball team used a total team effort on Tuesday night, as the Runnin' Bulldogs swept the Lady Aggies of North Carolina A&T 25-13, 25-16 and 25-15 to record its first home win of the season.

The win pushes GWU to 2-10 on the season, while the loss drops the Lady Aggies to 0-12 overall for the year.

Gardner-Webb, which had 14 players see the court in the three set contest, had nine different players record a kill on the night, highlighted by junior Amanda Murphy's match-high eight spikes.  Sophomore setter Heather Feldman dished out 31 set assists, while freshman libero Anna Pashkova tallied a match-high 14 digs and three service aces in the win.

With Feldman's 31 assists, she passes the 1,500 career assists mark in only her second season at Gardner-Webb.

For the Lady Aggies, Andrea Evans tallied a team-high seven kills, while libero Ashley Johnson picked up nine digs in the loss.

GWU, who trailed only once in the entire contest, got off on the right track in the opening set, jumping out to a 7-2 lead on back-to-back kills from junior right side hitter Emily Holte and two straight errors by the Lady Aggies.

After a North Carolina A&T timeout, the Runnin' Bulldogs continued its consistent offense, using an 8-4 run, capped off by a service ace from Pashkova, to run out to a 15-6 lead.

Down the stretch, the Runnin' Bulldogs refused to take their foot off the gas pedal offensively, as GWU picked up kills from Murphy, Erin Anderson and junior middle blocker Tyler Cockrell en route to the 25-13 set one victory.

For the opening set, the Runnin' Bulldogs hit .368 overall as a team.

Just like the first set, the Runnin' Bulldogs pounced on the Lady Aggies from the start of the second set, taking a 9-3 lead on a kill by Anderson.

The two teams traded points back-and-forth over the next several rallies, until another kill by Murphy jump-started an 8-2 run by the home team, which ran out to an 20-11 lead over the Lady Aggies.

Each team would score five points apiece as the set concluded, however, the Runnin' Bulldogs lead was too much, as GWU rolled to the 25-16 second set win and to a 2-0 match lead.

North Carolina A&T took an early 1-0 lead in the third set on a GWU attack error, its only lead of the match, only to have the Runnin' Bulldogs respond with 10 straight points to rush out to a 10-1 lead.

The Lady Aggies would cut the lead to seven points on several occasions for the remainder of the frame, however, the Runnin' Bulldogs continued to put pressure on the North Carolina A&T defense, as Tyra Montour, Molly Rhyne, Carolina Solano and Murphy all recorded at least one kill in the Runnin' Bulldogs 25-15 third set win.

For the match, the Runnin' Bulldogs posted 33 kills, on a .247 attack percentage, and had seven service aces and eight total team blocks.

Gardner-Webb will look to carry over the momentum fromtonight's win this weekend, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will compete at the Samford Bulldog Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama.  GWU is slated to take on both Tennessee Tech and Alcorn State on Friday and then the host Samford Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.

HIGH POINT DEFEATS ELON, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-12 | BOX SCORE

Senior Courtney Johnk hit .708 with 18 kills to lead the High Point University volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Elon on Tuesday at Alumni Gym in Elon, N.C.  Johnk was one of three Panthers with double-digit kills in the victory.

The Panthers overcame a slow start to win the final three sets and take the match 3-1 (18-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-12).  High Point made nine attack errors and two service errors in the first set but minimized mistakes for the rest of the match to beat the Phoenix.  High Point improves to 8-4 while Elon drops to 5-7.

Johnk finished the night four digs and three blocks to go with her match-high 18 kills.  Sophomore Kristin Heldt tallied 11 kills and sophomore Chelsea Davis had 10 kills and six digs.  Redshirt-sophomore Maddie Simpson posted a double-double with 38 assists and 13 digs.  Freshman Annemarie Chin led the match with 21 digs.

The Phoenix used an early six-point run to turn a 6-3 High Point lead in to a 9-6 Elon advantage.  The Panthers came back to tie the set 15-15 on a kill by Davis.  Johnk served the ball tough at the Phoenix and Ali Deatsch's dig went over the net and Davis set it down for a kill.  It was as close as HPU would get in the first frame as Johnk's next serve was long and Elon maintained the lead for the remainder of the set on the way to a 25-18 win.

High Point changed the momentum of the match early in the second set, jumping out to a 4-1 lead.  Davis was responsible for the first two points with a kill and a solo block.  Senior Jamie McDonald served an ace and HPU forced an Elon attack error to finish the run.  High Point maintained the lead for the rest of the set.  The biggest lead was eight points, 21-13, on Davis service ace.  The Panthers won the frame 25-17.

HPU outhit Elon .480 to .154 on the way to a 25-15 win in the third set.  Heldt, Michelle Chakirelis and Davis had three kills each while Johnk and McDonald added two each.  The Panthers also fortified their defense putting up four blocks and coming up with 11 digs.

In the fourth set the Panthers forced Elon to hit -.097 and won the frame 25-12. Johnk put down seven kills on 10 swings in the final set.

The Panthers continue a stretch of six-straight road games this weekend with three games at the Wildcat Classic hosted by Davidson.  On Friday, HPU will face Davidson at 7 p.m. The Panthers will face Green Bay and N.C. Central on Saturday.

RADFORD FALLS TO JAMES MADISON, 15-25, 18-25, 16-25 | BOX SCORE

The Radford volleyball team was defeated in three sets by James Madison on Tuesday evening inside Sinclair Gymnasium.  The Highlanders fall to 6-6, while the Dukes improve to 5-5.

Yacine Meyer led the RU attack with seven kills, to go along with a team-high 16 digs.  Rachel Fertitta and Emily Carlin charted six kills each, while Christine Beckham tallied her first double-double of the season with 14 assists and 13 digs.

Also contributing double-digit digs was Katelyn Meeks with 14.  The senior now has 1,182 digs in her career, 118 shy of second place on the Top-10 chart for that category.

The hosts were led by Lizzy Briones and Danielle Erb, who notched 13 and 12 kills, respectively.  Erb added 16 digs for a double-double.  Meghan Niski finished with a match-high 18 digs, while Megan Wiechmann put up a match-high 32 assists.

With Radford trailing 13-10 in the first set, the Dukes reeled off five straight points to create enough separation to take the first set, 25-15.

JMU doubled up the Highlanders early in the second stanza, taking a 10-5 lead.  RU got to within three, 11-8, but the Dukes scored the next six points to take a 17-8 advantage.  The hosts would take a 2-0 edge in the match after closing the set with a 25-18 victory.

Out of intermission, the Dukes raced out to an 11-2 lead.  Radford responded with an 8-1 rally to get within two at 12-10.  With JMU still leading by two, 16-14, the hosts won the next four points to take a 20-14 advantage.  The deficit proved to be too deep to recover from as the Highlanders dropped the third set, 25-16.

Radford plays in its fourth and final regular-season tournament on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa.  The Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational will feature the Highlanders taking on George Mason (12:00 p.m.) and Rutgers (4:00 p.m.) on Friday, and wrapping up with host Penn on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

UNC ASHEVILLE DEFEATED BY USC UPSTATE, 20-25, 25-20, 28-30, 15-25 | BOX SCORE

The UNC Asheville volleyball team dropped a non-conference match to USC Upstate on Tuesday evening, falling 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 30-28, 25-15) at the Hodge Center on the campus of the Spartans.

With the victory the Spartans improve to 3-4 while the Bulldogs drop to 4-9.

Senior outside hitter Holly Shelton tallied a team-best 15 kills, with Anna Moore chipping in 13 and Meredith Foster adding 10 to the Bulldogs' total.  Setter Katie Davis recorded 45 assists in directing the Asheville offense.

Moore tallied six blocks on the night with Rachel Wells recording a team-high 19 digs on defense.

Upstate's Kayla Eversgerd posted a match-high 20 kills, with fellow Spartans Kayla McAvoy (18), Mindy Quimby (11) and Emily Bingham (10) each recording double digit kills.  Setter Emily Sanders recorded 50 assists in the four-set match, with Eversgerd tallying a match-high 23 digs.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday when they begin play in the Hilton University 49er Invitational, beginning with Towson at 7 p.m.  Asheville will then take on host Charlotte on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by Kennesaw State later in the day.