CSU, Coastal, Liberty, PC and Radford Notch Volleyball Wins

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PRESBYTERIAN DEFEATS WINTHROP, 3-1 | BOX SCORE

Rachel Hall recorded a career-high 18 kills, while Allison Brown added 12 to lead the Presbyterian College volleyball team to the 3-1 win over Winthrop in Big South action tonight in Rock Hill, S.C.  The Blue Hose won the match with scores of 21-25, 26-24, 25-22 and 25-22.

The Blue Hose improve to 5-13 overall and 2-1 in the Big South.  Winthrop falls to 7-10, 1-2.

Hall led all players with her 18 kills.  Following Brown and her 12 kills were Andrea Barman with 11 and Presley Mabrey with 10.  Ashtin Frank recorded 52 assists while Mary Trimpe added 19 digs.  PC hit .190 for the night off 58 kills and 28 errors.  Winthrop recorded 55 kills and 21 errors for a .217 hitting percentage.

Winthrop opened the first game with an 11-6 lead before PC rallied behind four Mabrey kills and two Brown kills to cut the margin to one at 15-16.  Winthrop used a kill by Stephanie Palmer to stop the run and retake the two-point, 17-15 lead.  The Eagles kept the margin at two and three down the stretch, until late when an ace by Trimpe made it 21-23.  Winthrop took the next two points off a PC attack error and a kill by Kristin Cruse and won game one 25-21.

The Blue Hose led by as much as five, 14-9, in game two before Winthrop scored six unanswered to take a 16-15 lead, before Andrea Barman's kill tied it at 16-16.  Winthrop and PC traded points the rest of the game, resulting in eight ties, the last coming at 24-24.  The Eagles gave the Blue Hose the win 26-24 win at the end after committing back to back attack errors.

There were seven ties in the first 22 points of game three, as neither team could take a clear advantage.  The game knotted at 11-11, PC opens up a three-point lead at 14-11 off a Winthrop attack error, a kill by Hall and an ace by Mabrey.  The Eagles rallied with three straight to tie the game again at 14-14.  Another back and forth battle ensued with both team accumulating seven more ties, the last coming at 22-22.  PC capitalized on two Eagle miscues and an Elizabeth Miler kill to take three points in a row and earn the 25-22 win.

Winthrop opened up a 7-3 lead in game four, taking advantage of four PC errors and kills by Amy Zimmer and Jennica Mullins.  PC took a 6-2 run, highlighted by two kills by Brown and Miler each, and tied the game at 9-9.  After several ties, Winthrop retook the lead at 15-13, before a Hall kill and subsequent block knotted the game at 15-15.  After a Kristin Cruse kill gave Winthrop the lead back, PC scored the next seven of nine points to take a 22-18 lead.  The Eagles cut the margin to one, 23-22, but Barman and Hall's back to back kills gave the Blue Hose the 25-22 game four and match win.

PC returns home for the first time since August 28th when the Blue Hose take on Gardner Webb Friday Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Templeton Center.  The Eagles will be off for the next week before they continue their homestand next Friday at 7:00 p.m. against the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville.  Friday's contest will be the team's annual "Dig for the Cure" night. 



COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATS HIGH POINT | BOX SCORE

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team trailed 2-0 after the opening two sets on the road at Big South Conference rival High Point University but the Chanticleers rallied and took the next three sets to pick up their second-straight Big South victory.

The Chants improved their record to 4-8 overall and 2-1 in Big South Conference action.  The Panthers fell to 12-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big South.

Freshman Gabriella Horvath had an outstanding match while nabbing her third double-double of the season.  She had a season-high 18 kills while adding 13 digs and four blocks.  She also led the team with four service aces.  In all she contributed 24.5 of the Chants 64.0 total points.

Sophomore Katie Martin chipped in seven kills and three blocks while Kindra Bailey, Meghan Laffin and Eszter Nagy all had six kills.  Nagy led the team with six blocks while Bailey added four and Laffin had three.

Junior Lauren Alejo dished out 39 assists and had a team-high 23 digs to record her fourth double-double of the season.

The Panthers took the opening two sets 25-19 and 25-13.  The Chants edged High Point in the third set 25-23 before taking the fourth 25-17 and the fifth 15-12.

After falling in the opening two sets the Chants came out on fire in the third set taking a commanding 13-4 lead.  The Panthers used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to just two and eventually tied the set at 17.  A few points later a pair of High Point errors gave the Chants a 20-18 lead.  Following a Panther timeout a kill by Laffin and another Panther error increased the Chants' lead to four.  Three-straight points by the Panthers cut the lead to just one at 22-21.  After the Chants and Panthers traded the next four points the set sat at 24-23 in favor of Coastal.  Horvath came through to keep Coastal's hopes alive closing the set with a kill, 25-23.

The Chants opened the fourth set much like the first by taking a 9-3 lead over the opening portion of the set.  CCU held off the Panthers the entire set as the Chants' lead never fell under four points.

The fifth and final set opened with a kill from the Panther but the Chants answered with five-straight points including a kill from Horvath, back-to-back blocks, an attack error from the Panthers and a service ace from Bailey.  The Chants coasted to their first match point at 14-9 but High Point would not go down easy as the Panthers held off four match points before a kill by Martin ended the match at 15-12.

The match featured 63 attack errors including 33 from High Point.  As a team the Chants hit just .089 while the Panthers were not much better at .102.

The Panthers hit .183 as a team over the opening two sets but the Chants held them to just .048 over the final three sets.  The Chants had the exact opposite change as they hit -.013 over the opening two sets before hitting .168 over the final three including .368 in the final set.

The Chanticleers will return to action tomorrow, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. as they travel to Campbell University who fell to Charleston Southern Friday night 3-0.

LIBERTY DEFEATS GARDNER-WEBB, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

In a match that featured two teams who entered the day unbeaten in Big South play, Liberty swept Gardner-Webb, 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-18) on Friday at Paul Porter Arena.

Liberty claimed its fourth win in a row, improving its record to 12-4, 2-0 against Big South competition. Gardner-Webb falls to 6-13 on the season, including a 1-1 mark in conference play.

The Lady Flames hit .376 during the match, good for their fifth .300+ hitting percentage match this season.  The Runnin' Bulldogs hit .236 for the match. Liberty led in blocks, 4-1, and 32-26 in digs.

Caroline Douglas led the Lady Flames with 17 kills, hitting .571 while posting her sixth straight double-digit kill match.  Jade Craycraft dished out 32 assists in addition to five kills and two blocks.  Gabrielle Shipe collected a match-high nine digs, while Lillie Happel led all players with three aces.  Loren Thomas connected for seven kills on 12 attempts.

Emily Holte led the Runnin' Bulldogs with nine kills, while Amanda Murphy, Tyler Cockrell and Erin Anderson recorded seven kills apiece to pace Gardner-Webb.  Heather Feldman tied for the match high with 32 assists.

The Lady Flames went on a 6-1 run during set one to take a 19-14 lead, as Douglas recorded four kills in Liberty's rally.  Craycraft gave Liberty set-point attempts with a kill that made it 24-20.  Gardner-Webb pulled to within 24-22 on a kill by Murphy, but Thomas sent down a kill to seal the first set, 25-22.

Liberty held a .184 -.147 advantage in attack percentage during the opening set.  Douglas led all players with six first-set kills.

Liberty led set two from start to finish, registering a .476 attack percentage during a 25-14 victory which gave the visitors a 2-0 match lead.  Thomas posted four kills on six attempts to lead the Lady Flames to a 20-9 edge, and Monica Johnson recorded the set-clinching kill.  Three Runnin' Bulldogs contributed four kills apiece in the middle stanza.

The visitors got off to a fast start again in the third set, leading throughout on the way to a 25-18 win to earn the sweep.  The Lady Flames attacked at a .577 clip in sending down 17 kills during set three, earning points on 84 percent of Gardner-Webb's serves.  The Runnin' Bulldogs hit .296 during set three.  Douglas recorded eight of her match-high 17 kills in the third set, while Happel and Gardner-Webb's Murphy had four kills apiece during the final session.         

Liberty now heads to Asheville, N.C., where the Lady Flames will take on the UNC Asheville Bulldogs tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the Justice Center.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN DEFEATS CAMPBELL 3-0 | BOX SCORE

Siraya Windsor and Kayla Klinger had 10 kills apiece and Kirsten Struksnes recorded her second consecutive double-double as Charleston Southern swept Campbell in their Big South road opener on Friday night, 25-23, 25-21, 26-24.

Windsor paced CSU's (7-11, 2-1 BSC) efforts in the victory over the Fighting Camels (7-12, 0-2 BSC) as the freshman outside hitter hit .310 for the match and added six digs as head coach Al Givens recorded his 399th victory of his collegiate coaching career with the victory.

Campbell jumped to the early lead in the first set, using a 5-0 run to go up 8-4 behind a kill by Lindsey Coats.  CSU rallied back with five of the next six points as Klinger followed a Wynter Davis kill with a pair of service aces as the Lady Bucs tied the match up at 9-all.

The teams battled through 17 ties and six lead changes throughout the combative set as neither team was able to separate themselves by more than one point in the frame.  A Campbell service error gave CSU the late 24-23 lead and Sydney Tracy was able to close out the set in favor of CSU as the Big South's leading server fired in her lone service ace of the evening to put the Camels away in the 25-23 set victory.

CSU took control of the second set early, going up 3-0 behind back-to-back kills by Tracy, but Campbell rallied back to cut the lead to within one at 9-8 behind a Brooke Kelley kill. A solo block by Tracy sparked a 5-0 run on Windsor's serve and the freshman made the Fighting Camels pay with back-to-back service aces to give the Lady Bucs the 14-8 lead midway through the frame.

Kelley brought Campbell back in the match on her serve, leading a 4-0 run by the Camels with an ace, but the Lady Bucs opened up a five point lead at 22-17 on a Meredith Parrott kill on their way to closing out the 25-21 set win on a Campbell service error.

Following the break, Campbell came out of the gates on fire in the third set, recording eight of the first 11 points as Coats and Katelyn Layden recorded a block and Kelley added a pair of kills to give the Camels the 8-3 lead.  CSU responded with an 8-3 run of their own as Katrina Houston placed in a service ace and Windsor fired back-to-back kills to knot the set up at 11 apiece.

The teams traded 3-0 runs to keep the score knotted up, but the Lady Bucs took the lead following four consecutive kills as Klinger, Houston and Michaela Luna put CSU up 20-18.  Charleston Southern put the match at set point at 24-19 following a Davis kill, but the Camels lived up to their name, fighting back with a 5-0 run to knot the match up at 24 apiece following a kill by Sam Zuber.  The rally fell short though as CSU clinched the sweep as Davis and Windsor placed back-to-back kills off the set by Struksnes as CSU topped Campbell 26-24 in the conference victory.

Parrott added nine kills, hitting .500 from the floor in the match and added a pair of blocks as CSU hit .225 from the floor as a team in the win.  Struksnes contributed to the balanced CSU attack as nine players recorded kills in the match by following up a 53 assist-10 dig effort in the five-set victory over Winthrop with 36 assists and 10 more digs in the win.

Ashley Higginbothem led the Lady Bucs defensive efforts with 13 of the Charleston Southern's 50 digs in the match, while Klinger missed out on the double-double with nine digs.  Tracy added three kills and two blocks in the win.

Charleston Southern continues their conference road trip as CSU travels to High Point, N.C. to take on High Point University on Saturday afternoon.  First serve between the Lady Bucs and the Panthers is set for 4 p.m.

RADFORD DEFEATS UNC ASHEVILLE, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

Behind a season-high 35.6 hitting percentage, Radford volleyball dispatched UNC Asheville in straight sets (25-21, 25-14, 25-21) on Friday night in Big South action.  The Highlanders improve to 10-8 overall, 1-1 in league play, while the Bulldogs fall to 4-14 on the season, 0-2 in conference competition.

Emily Carlin and Yacine Meyer contributed 12 kills each to lead the visitors, while Emily Hayes down eight. Hayes, Meyer, and Jesse Miedema  (seven kills) hit over 40 percent for the match.  Meyer chipped in 10 digs to record her third double-double of the year.

Jena Braden (22) and Christine Beckham (17) combined for 39 assists, while Katelyn Meeks fueled the defensive effort with a match-high 16 digs.

Holly Shelton notched 10 kills and 11 digs to pace the hosts, while Katie Davis assisted on 28 attacks. Rachel Wells added a team-high 12 digs.

After UNCA tallied the first six points of the first frame, the Highlanders countered with an 8-2 run to tie the set at 8.  With the Bulldogs leading 17-15, Radford generated an 8-1 run to create enough separation to grab the opening set, 25-21.

In the second stanza, the Highlanders forced the issue by racing out to a 9-3 advantage-prompting a UNCA timeout.  RU extended its lead to 19-10 late in the set and went on to take a 2-0 lead in the match following the 25-14 victory.

The Highlanders wasted little time snatching the lead in the third set, taking a 12-6 edge early on.  Kills from Carlin, Miedema, and Meyer stretched the margin to 20-13, forcing a Bulldog timeout.  UNCA got to within three of the Highlanders, before RU ended the match on a Carlin kill to register its sixth sweep of the season.

Radford stays on the road for a Saturday tilt with Gardner-Webb inside Paul Porter Arena.  First serve is slated for 2:00 p.m. with the Runnin' Bulldogs (6-13), which fell to Liberty Friday night in straight sets.