Coastal, Winthrop, Radford & High Point Edge Victories

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COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATS LIBERTY, 3-1 | BOX SCORE

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team continued its recent string of strong play with a 3-1 victory over Liberty University inside The HTC Center Saturday afternoon.  The Chants now sit in a tie for first-place in the Big South Conference standings with Liberty.

Coastal ended a three-match losing streak to Liberty that dated back to the 2009 season.

CCU improves to 7-10 on the season and 5-2 in Big South Conference play while Liberty falls to 15-7 and 5-2 in BSC action.

The Chants took the opening set 25-22, the second set 26-24 and the fourth set 25-18 while LU won the third set 25-20.

CCU was led by junior Kindra Bailey who had 13 kills and just two errors while hitting .611 on the match.  She added a service ace, three digs and five blocks including one solo . Freshman Gabriella Horvath had 13 kills, nine digs, a service ace and one block . Junior Meghan Laffin added 12 kills, four digs and a pair of blocks.

Junior Lauren Alejo dished out 35 assists and had three service aces while junior Sam Skryd led the way in digs with 15 while adding nine assists.  Sophomore libero Jenna Orner had 13 digs and added a pair of assists.

Liberty was led by Lillie Happel who had 14 kills and eight digs while Caroline Douglas had 10 kills and a pair of blocks.

The Lady Flames jumoed out to an early 8-3 lead in the opening set but a well called timeout by Head Coach Jozsef Forman stopped the run.  Freshman Eszter Nagy came out of the timeout and provided a kill that sparked an 11-5 run by the Chants to take a 14-13 lead in the set.  The Lady Flames jumped out again to a slim three-point lead but with the score set at 17-14 in LU's favor the Chants began another 11-5 run to take the set 25-22 victory.

The Chants controlled most of the second set but with the score at 22-16 in CCU's favor the Lady Flames began an 8-1 run to take a 24-23 lead that forced Forman to use a timeout.  Once again following the timeout Nagy came through in the clutch nailing a kill to knot the set at 24.  A service ace by Horvath gave the Chants their first set point of the stanza and a kill from Laffin sealed the set in the Chants favor 26-24.

The third set was back-and-forth almost the entire way but with the score knotted at 20 the Lady Flames scored five unanswered points to take a 25-20 victory in the set.

The fourth set opened like the third closed as the Lady Flames scored three-straight points to take the early lead.  The Chants ended the run with a kill from freshman Monica Hall.  The kill sparked an 8-2 run by the Chants to take an 8-5 lead.  The Lady Flames came back to tie the score at nine but CCU answered with five-straight points including a pair of kills by Bailey.  The Chants would continue to roll from that point on as they held the Lady Flames at bay and hung on for the 25-18 victory.

The win was the first conference match for the Chants this season that did not last five sets.

Coastal will return to action this Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. as they host SEC foe University of South Carolina inside The HTC Center.

The Lady Flames will return to action Friday, Oct. 19 as they host Presbyterian College.

WINTHROP DEFEATS CAMPBELL, 3-1 | BOX SCORE 

Stephanie Palmer recorded her league-leading sixth triple-double of the season Saturday as the Winthrop volleyball team downed the Campbell Camels 3-1.

Winthrop improved to 10-11 overall and 4-3 in the Big South with the victory while Campbell fell to 7-17 overall and 0-7 in the conference.

After a back-and-forth opening to the first set, Campbell was able to edge an 18-16 lead over the Eagles, forcing Winthrop to take a timeout.  Out of the break, the Eagles went on a 9-0 run to win the first set 25-18.

Winthrop dominated the second set from the start, grabbing the first seven points en route to taking the set 25-18.

After leading early in the third set, the Eagles struggled to close out the Camels.  Winthrop led 13-12 but Campbell went on a 13-5 run to finish the fourth set, winning 25-18.

The Eagles didn't allow any possibility of a fifth set as Winthrop controlled the fourth set and won 25-15, taking the match 3-1.

Palmer's sixth triple-double consisted of 10 kills, 32 assists and 10 digs.   Carolyn Weed had a solid afternoon, totaling 10 kills and eight total blocks.   Rachel Lenz also added 11 kills.   Kristin Cruse and Catherine Brusie finished with 24 and 22 digs respectively.

Winthrop will head out on the road for the first time in three weeks when the Eagles travel to Radford on Friday, October 19 for a 7 p.m. contest against the Highlanders.  Campbell returns home on Oct. 26-27, when it hosts Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville at Gore Arena.

RADFORD DEFEATS CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

The Radford volleyball team rebounded in a big way Saturday evening, taking down Charleston Southern in straight sets (25-23, 25-23, 25-19) to record its ninth sweep of the season inside the Buccaneer Field House.  The Highlanders improve to 13-11, 3-4 in Big South play, while the Buccaneers fall to 10-14, 3-4 in league action.

Jesse Miedema and Rachel Fertitta led RU in the kills department with 10 apiece.  A trio of Highlanders tallied double-digit digs, led by Yacine Meyer's 16.  Emily Carlin and Katelyn Meeks were credited with 15 and 12 digs, respectively.  Jena Braden (19) and Christine Beckham (15) combined for 34 assists.

Sydney Tracy led CSU with a match-high 12 kills, while Kirsten Struksnes dished out a match-high 27 assists.  Ashley Higgenbothem and Kayla Klinger totaled 13 and 10 digs, respectively, to lead the hosts' defensive efforts.

The Highlanders got out to an 8-4 lead in the first set, prompting a CSU timeout.  The Buccaneers rallied to tie the set at 18, but Radford responded with the next three points to take a 21-18 lead.  Charleston Southern tied the set for the fourth time at 23, but the Highlanders got kills from Carlin and Miedema to win the frame.

With the second stanza tied at 9, the Bucs went on a 6-0 run to take a 15-9 lead.  A 4-0 spurt by Radford trimmed the visitors' deficit to two (15-13).  After CSU scored the next two points for a 17-13 advantage, the Highlanders rallied to tie the set at 20.

The Bucs won the next three points for a 23-20 lead, forcing RU to call a timeout.  Out of the break, Carlin put down a kill to spark a 5-0 run to give Radford the 25-23 set two win and the 2-0 edge in the match.

Radford jolted out to a 7-3 advantage in the third set, but the hosts were resilient and fought back to tie the frame at 11.  The Highlanders charted the next four points to take a 15-11 lead, prompting CSU to call a timeout.  The Bucs cut their deficit to one (16-15), but RU ended the stanza on a 9-4 run to take the match.

The Highlanders return to the Dedmon Center for a three-match homestand, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. date with Winthrop on Friday.  Charleston Southern hits the road for its next pair of matches, heading to the mountains of North Carolina. The Bucs face UNC Asheville at 7:00 p.m. Friday before facing Gardner-Webb at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

HIGH POINT DEFEATS PRESBYTERIAN, 3-2 | BOX SCORE

The High Point University volleyball team won the final two sets en route to a 3-2 win over Presbyterian College on Saturday night in Clinton, S.C.  Sophomore Chelsea Davis led High Point with 17 kills and 12 digs.

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