CSU, PC, HPU, Asheville and Liberty Win Conference Matchups



The Presbyterian College volleyball team rolled to its fourth win in five matches thanks to 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-23) sweep of visiting Gardner-Webb on Friday night at the Templeton Center.

PC improves to 3-1 in the Big South Conference and 6-13 overall while Gardner-Webb falls to 7-14 and 2-2 in league action.

Presley Mabrey led the Blue Hose with 16 kills and Allison Brown added 11 more.  Mary Trimpe paced the squad with 15 digs and Ashtin Frank picked up 43 assists.

Tyler Cockrell led Gardner-Webb with 10 kills on the day while Anna Pashkova's 12 digs led the visitors in that category.

Mabrey racked up half of her kills in the first set alone, helping PC set the tone early.  The Blue Hose put a stop to each Runnin' Bulldog run and rallied from a 13-11 deficit to take a 19-15 lead thanks to four Mabrey kills and two from Andrea Barman.  A Gardner-Webb timeout halted the action and allowed the visitors to creep back within three, but a pair of kills from Elizabeth Miler and the nail in the coffin from Brown gave PC the decisive 25-18 opening set victory.

The next two sets saw both teams sweat it out en route to narrow PC victories.  In the second set, both teams swapped points and neither took a lead of more than two before the Blue Hose found five points of breathing room with a 17-13 advantage on a Barman service ace.  PC held the Runnin' Bulldogs at bay before a 4-1 Gardner-Webb run made the score 21-19 and prompted a Blue Hose timeout.

Gardner-Webb climbed back to within one at 22-21 and again at 24-23, but another PC timeout followed by a Frank kill gave the set to the home team, 25-23.

Brown led the way in the third set, posting six kills with help from Rachel Hall and Barman, who each contributed three. PC raced to a 13-8 advantage before the Runnin' Bulldogs chipped away and tied the set at 16-16 on a Heather Feldman kill.  Gardner-Webb eventually took a 22-19 lead with a Carol Solano kill and appeared to be headed for a third set victory.  The Blue Hose had another plans, however, closing the frame on a 6-1 run and sealing the victory.

The Blue Hose return to action on Saturday as the squad hosts UNC Asheville at 2 p.m.  Gardner-Webb will return to action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m., as the Runnin' Bulldogs will try to snap an eight-match road losing streak against the Winthrop Lady Eagles in Rock Hill, S.C.


Charleston Southern head coach Al Givens won his 400th career match on Friday night as CSU rallied in the fifth set to beat Coastal Carolina, 3-2 (24-26, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 15-12).

CSU came back from an 11-7 deficit in the final set to win 15-12 and improve to 4-0 in five-set matches this season.

With the win the Bucs improve to 8-12 on the year and 3-2 in Big South Conference play. Coastal Carolina falls to 5-10 and 3-2 in league play.

The fifth-set rally set off a celebration with the CSU team and student section inside the Buc Dome, and gave Givens the career milestone.

Coastal Carolina built an 3-0 lead in the deciding set and extended it to 11-7, moving to the verge of postponing Givens' milestone, but the Bucs ripped off six straight points, including two kills by Sydney Tracy, to take a 13-11 lead.  Tracy added another kill to make it 14-12 and Kayla Klinger finished off the match with her 13 kill of the night to cap the rally.

Givens is in his first season at the helm of the Lady Bucs' volleyball program, bringing with him 34 years of coaching experience over all levels.  At the Division I level, Givens spent time at Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Weber State, where he combined for 378 career wins.  He went 14-15 last season as the head coach at Texas A&M International, which was 1-25 the year before Givens took over the program.

Givens' 400th career win was tight throughout.

Coastal Carolina rallied late in the first set to take a 1-0 lead in the match.  The Bucs trailed 16-12, before rallying back with six straight points, taking advantage of two Coastal Carolina errors and getting a pair of kills from Kinger, to grab a 19-17 lead.  The Bucs built their largest lead of the set at 23-20 on an ace by Ashley Higgenbothem, but couldn't finish off the Chanticleers.  Coastal rallied back with a 6-1 run to finish the set and claim a 26-24 win.  Horvath had three kills during the set-clinching run.  Siraya Windsor had four of CSU's 17 kills in the set to lead CSU, while Horvath had five to carry the Chanticleers.

Charleston Southern took the second set, 25-17, ripping off the last seven points to break open what was a one-point set at 18-17.  Three errors by the Chanticleers and an ace by Tracy fueled the run to even the match.  The Bucs had 14 kills in the set.

CSU again surged late in the set in the third. The Bucs broke open a 16-16 tie with five straight points to move ahead 21-16, eventually winning 25-23.  Three straight attack errors by the Chanticleers aided CSU's cause.  Five Bucs each had two kills in the set. Meredith Parrott added three blocks in the set.

Coastal started fast in the fourth set to knot the match at 2-2.  The Chants built an 8-3 lead behind three aces by Horvath to break the set open early.  CSU cut the lead to one at 14-13, but back to back points by CCU extend the lead out to three at 15-13 and the Chanticleers were able to outlast the Bucs and tie the match heading into the dramatic fifth set.

Parrott led CSU with 14 kills, while Klinger added 13 and Tracy 11.  Parrott had a match-high 8 blocks in the win.  CSU has 13 blocks as a team.

Horvath had 16 kills to lead all players, while Bailey added 13 to lead the Chanticleers.

CSU returns to action on Tuesday with a pair of matches at The Citadel.  CSU faces the Bulldogs at 3 p.m. and Savannah State University at 6 p.m.  Both matches are on The Citadel campus.  The Chanticleers will return to action next Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. as they host conference foe Radford inside The HTC Center.


Liberty used an efficient offense and strong defense to sweep visiting Campbell, 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-19) on Friday at the Vines Center.

With the win, the Lady flames raise their record to 13-6, including 3-1 in conference play.  Liberty has now won nine straight home matches overall, and 16 conference home contests in a row. Campbell falls to 7-14, with a 0-4 Big South record.

Liberty hit .312 as a team while scoring 42 kills, and held the Camels to 24 kills at a .106 hitting percentage.  The hosts served up seven aces to Campbell's two, and held a 49-33 edge in digs. Campbell led, 5-3, in blocks.

Lady Flames redshirt freshman Caroline Douglas tallied a match-high 16 kills at a .464 clip, good for her ninth straight double-digit kill match.  Loren Thomas hit .522 with nine kills, while Jade Craycraft totaled 30 assists and 11 digs in addition to five kills.  Gabrielle Shipe collected a match-high 20 digs to go along with two service aces.

For Campbell, Brooke Kelley led with seven kills, while Lindsey Coats paced all players with four blocks.  Mallorie Cubillos collected 12 digs to lead the Camels.

The Lady Flames took control of set one early, and raced to a 25-13 victory behind a .364 attack percentage and four service aces.  Campbell hit just .071 during the opening frame and committed four service errors.  Three Lady Flames recorded three kills apiece during the opening set, while Kelley had three kills for the Camels.

Set two proved to be the tightest stanza on Friday, with 10 ties and six lead changes. Liberty broke a 12-12 tie with a four-point rally that featured a pair of Douglas kills.  The Camels battled back to within one, 19-18, on a kill by Kelsey Marek.  However, the Lady Flames scored the final six points of the set to take a 2-0 match lead.

The Lady Flames totaled 26 digs during set two, including 11 by Shipe, and Douglas sent down seven of Liberty's 17 kills.  The Camels were held to seven kills and a .048 hitting percentage for the set.

Liberty led by as many as 11 points in the final session, and stayed ahead throughout on the way to a 25-19 set three victory and match sweep.  Douglas hit .857 during the frame, with six kills on seven swings, helping the Lady Flames hit .458.  Campbell hit .250 in the third set, led by Coats' 3-0-4 hitting line.

Liberty wraps up a span of three matches in four days on Saturday afternoon, when the Lady Flames host High Point at 1 p.m. inside the Vines Center.  Campbell is back in action on Saturday afternoon at Radford with the first serve set for 4 p.m. Fans can follow the action with links to live stats on the volleyball schedule page of GoCamels.com.


Senior Courtney Johnk recorded 14 kills to lead the High Point University volleyball team to a four-set win at RadfordHigh Point held off a late push by the Highlanders to pick up the Big South Conference win.

Johnk tallied six of her 14 kills in the fourth set to secure the 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 25-16, 25-22).  High Point improved to 14-6 and 3-1 in Big South Conference play with the win.

Sophomore Chelsea Blanford tallied a career-high seven kills and sophomore Kristin Heldt added nine.  Senior Molly Barlow led the team with 15 digs and freshman Annemarie Chin added 10.

High Point overcame and early eight-point deficit to win the first set 25-23.  The Panthers trailed 11-19 on a kll by Emma Deininger.  Johnk and sophomore Caity Farus combined for a block to side out for the Panthers.  HPU scored three straight points with Johnk at the service line to chip away at the lead, 14-20.  The Panthers went on another run with Blanford at the service line to close the gap to 21-18.  With Annemarie Chin serving High Point went on a final six-point run to take a 24-22 lead.  Emily Carlin sent an attack out of bounds to secure the 25-23 win for HPU.

Radford fought back to win the second set 25-17.  The Highlanders broke a 13-13 tie with a kill by Jesse Miedema and went on a four-point run to take a 17-13 lead.  High Point couldn't overcome the deficit and dropped the set.

The Panthers forced Radford in to a -.118 attack percentage to win the third set 25-16.  High Point led the entire frame and opened up an early six-point lead, 10-4.  HPU kept Radford from gaining any offensive momentum forcing the Highlanders in to 11 errors on the way to the win.

In the fourth set High Point hit .314 on the way to a 25-22 win.  The Panthers led by two, 24 -22 after a Radford kill. Heldt finished the match with her ninth kill of the night.

Redshirt-sophomore Maddie Simpson had 37 assists and senior Jamie McDonald had six kills and seven blocks.

High Point continues Big South play in Virginia with a 1 p.m. match at Liberty on Saturday.  In conjunction with Hall of Fame Weekend, the Highlanders face Campbell at 4:00 p.m. Saturday inside the Dedmon Center to wrap up their two-game homestand.


After dropping the first set of the match 25-16, the UNC Asheville volleyball team rallied for a 26-24 win in the second, a 25-20 win in the third and a 28-26 win in the fourth to defeat Big South Conference foe Winthrop on Friday evening at the Winthrop Coliseum.

With the victory the Bulldogs improve to 6-14 overall with a 2-2 mark in Big South play.  The Eagles drop to 7-11 on the year while falling to 1-3 in league play.

Senior outside hitter Holly Shelton led all players with 16 kills in the match, with Anna Moore chipping in 15 to the Bulldogs' total.  Christine Lakatos tallied 13 kills for Asheville, as Lakatos, Moore and Shelton combined for 44 of the Bulldogs' 51 kills.

Freshman setter Katie Davis recorded 41 assists directing the Asheville offense, while the Bulldogs' defense tallied 73 digs and 12.0 team blocks on the night.

Winthrop was led offensively by Jennica Mullins, who recorded 14 kills for the Eagles.  Rachel Lenz posted 13 kills and Stephanie Palmer added 11 to Winthrop's total.

Palmer also tallied 29 assists, with Jessica Codato posting 17 as the two split time at setter.

The win for the Bulldogs was their second in a row over a Big South opponent, having taken down Liberty 3-2 last Saturday.

The Bulldogs will take on league opponent Presbyterian College tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. on the campus of the Blue Hose.  The Eagles will continue at home on Saturday at 2 p.m. when they host the Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb University.