Gardner-Webb, Asheville, Liberty & Radford Win


PC Volleyball Falls to Radford
CLINTON, S.C. - Radford used nine blocks, a .306 hitting percentage and capitalized on 22 Blue Hose errors to defeat the Presbyterian College volleyball team, 3-0, in Big South Conference action tonight at Templeton Arena.  The Highlanders won by scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-12.

Radford improves to 11-12 overall and 5-3 in the Big South, while Presbyterian College drops to 8-15 and 3-5.

A 5-0 advantage in blocks was the difference in the first set as Radford won 25-21.  Tied 7-7, Radford scored five unanswered points, highlighted by three blocks, to take the 12-7 lead.  Two kills and a service ace gave PC a small 3-1 run to cut the margin to three, 13-10, but Radford responded and outscored the Blue Hose 7-3 to take a 20-13 lead.  PC capitalized on four Radford errors to come to within four at 23-19 and again at 24-21, but a kill by Carly Fleming ended the PC rally.

PC and Radford made it a close second set with 11 ties and six lead changes.  Neither team held more than a three point lead the entire set.  The last tie of the set came at 20-20 after PC had rallied from a 20-17 deficit off two Blue Hose kills and a Radford error.  PC even used a kill by Presley Mabrey to take a 21-20 lead before three Blue Hose errors and a Radford kill gave the Highlanders the 24-21 lead.  Andrea Barman made it a two-point affair with a kill but Jesse Miedema responded with a kill of her own to give Radford the 25-22 second set win.

After a close start in the third set the Highlanders took a 3-3 tie and used a 10-2 run to take a 13-5 lead.  Radford continued its dominance of the set, building a 22-9 before PC broke into the double-digit column with a kill by Allison BrownCaroline Cann would cut the margin to 22-11 with a kill of her own but that would be as close as it would get as Radford won the next three of four points to take the 25-12 set and 3-0 match wins.

Leading in kills for the Blue Hose were Brown and Cann with eight apiece.  Ashtin Frank paced the team in assists with 26 and digs with eight.  PC totaled 35 kills and 22 errors for a .125 hitting percentage.

Radford was led by Carly Fleming with nine kills, with Rachel Brummitt and Emily Carlin pacing defensively with 10 digs apiece.  The Highlanders posted a .306 hitting percentage off 36 kills and just 10 errors.

PC stays at home for its next match as the Blue Hose take on Liberty at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in Templeton Arena.

Radford will return to the hardwood tomorrow as it travels to Winthrop for a 2:00pm match.

Evans, Wilcox and Solano Post Double-Digit Kills in 3-1 Win Over CSU
Charleston, S.C. - For the second time this season, the Gardner-Webb volleyball team posted back-to-back wins, as the Runnin' Bulldogs picked up their first road win of the season on Friday night, defeating Charleston Southern 3-1 (25-20, 25-11, 23-25, 25-23) at the CSU Fieldhouse in Charleston, S.C.

With the win, the Runnin' Bulldogs improve to 7-14 overall and 3-4 in Big South play, while Charleston Southern falls to 4-19 and 1-7 in conference action with the loss.

Gardner-Webb battled the home team point for point to start the first set, tying the match up at 11-11 on a Lauren Evans' kill.

After a Charleston Southern attack error and a kill by GWU's Carol Solano, the Runnin' Bulldogs took their largest lead of the set at 13-11 and forced the Buccaneers to call a timeout.

The tight first set continued, as the Buccaneers battled back to tie the score up once more at 15-15 on a Kayla Klinger service ace.

A service error by the Buccaneers opened the door for the Runnin' Bulldogs, who took the lead once more at 16-15 and did not look back, pulling out in front of Charleston Southern by two at 20-18 on a kill by freshman setter Heather Feldman.

Out of the second Charleston Southern timeout, the Runnin' Bulldogs finished off the Buccaneers with a 5-2 run capped off by another kill by Evans to give the visitors the 25-20 set win and an early 1-0 match lead.

The second set belonged to the Runnin' Bulldogs, as despite falling behind 3-2 early, Gardner-Webb never trailed, running out to a 12-7 lead on a 10-4 run highlighted by back-to-back service aces from junior Melissa Richie.

After a CSU timeout, the stoppage in play did not slow down the Runnin' Bulldog attack, as the visitors came out with three straight kills by Laura Wilcox, Feldman and Richie to take a decisive double-digit lead at 17-7.

The Buccaneers would get as close as 10 on three different occasions, however, the Runnin' Bulldogs refused to take their foot off the gas pedal, rolling out to a 25-11 second set win and a decisive 2-0 match lead.

The home team refused to go away easily, as the Buccaneers took a 3-1 lead in the third set on a GWU attack error.

The set was a mirror image of the first set, as the two teams' went back-and-forth with neither team able to pull away from the other, as the score was tied up at 9-9.

Gardner-Webb responded with an 8-3 run, capped off by a Wilcox kill, to take a 17-12 lead.  However, the Buccaneers battled back once more, this time tying the match up at 23-23 on back-to-back Wynter Davis kills.

The Runnin' Bulldogs called a timeout to try and stop the CSU momentum, however, it was to no avail, as the Buccaneers scored the final two points of the set by way of kills from Klinger and Davis to take the 25-23 third set win and cut the GWU match lead to one at 2-1.

Remember their 3-2 loss to Charleston Southern back on September 17th at the USC Upstate Invitational, the Runnin' Bulldogs simply refused to lose in the fourth set.

Both teams again went point-for-point, as the fourth set was once more tied up at 9-9.

Charleston Southern took an 11-9 lead, then a 14-11 lead, only to have the Runnin' Bulldogs fight and claw their way back into the set, eventually taking a 17-16 lead over the Buccaneers and forcing the home team to use their first timeout of the set.

The Runnin' Bulldogs once again finished the set out strong, taking advantage of two CSU errors and two kills by Wilcox to take a 21-18 lead over the Buccaneers.

After a Meg Taylor service ace pushed the Runnin' Bulldogs lead to four at 22-18, the Buccaneers were able to cut the GWU lead to one at 24-23 on back-to-back Gardner-Webb errors.

However, with the set on the line, Wilcox blasted a kill to give the Runnin' Bulldogs the 25-23 set win and the 3-1 match victory.

Evans led the Runnin' Bulldogs offensively with 13 kills, while Solano and Wilcox each posted 12 kills apiece.  Feldman dished out 45 set assists, while Richie and senior libero Evan Moffitt tallied 18 and 17 digs, respectively.

Davis paced the Buccaneers with a match-high 14 kills, while setter Amy Nokes totaled 25 assists and 11 digs in the loss.

Gardner-Webb (7-14, 3-4 Big South) will turn around to take on the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina tomorrow afternoon at 12 p.m. in Conway, S.C.

Charleston Southern (4-19, 1-7 Big South) will also return to action tomorrow, as the Buccaneers will host UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. in Charleston, S.C.

Winthrop Falls To Liberty In Five Set Thriller
ROCK HILL, SC - The Winthrop volleyball dropped its second conference match of the season as the Eagles fell to Liberty in five sets (25-12, 17-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-12) Friday night at the Winthrop Coliseum.
The loss puts the Eagles at 13-7 on the year and 6-2 in the conference as Liberty improves to 12-11 on the season and takes sole possession of first place with a 7-1 mark in the Big South.
Winthrop got its offensive production tonight from senior middle hitter Becca Toor and redshirt junior right side Brittany Blackman as both players finished the night with 12 kills. The defense totaled 77 digs on the night as four Winthrop players ended the night with double-digit digs. Freshman libero Catherine Brusie led the team with 18 digs as junior defensive specialist Kristin Cruse ended with 16. Sophomore defensive specialist Carly DeBruhl tallied 12 digs and freshman outside hitter Lauren Landsman notched 10 digs. Sophomore setter Stephanie Palmer dished out 43 assists.
The defense shined in the opening set for Liberty as the Flames totaled six blocks in the first 20 points of the set. The Eagles could not find the gaps against Liberty's front line as the Flames cruised to take the first set, 25-12. Liberty ended up finishing the set with seven total blocks.
Winthrop started to find those gaps in the second set as Toor finished the set with six kills and Blackman found the floor five times. The defense came alive as Cruse led the squad with nine digs as the team tallied 21 digs for the set. The Eagles captured the set 25-17 and tied the match.
The Flames took the early advantage at the 13-12 mark and made a run from that point, scoring the next eight points. That run was too much for the Winthrop defense as Liberty took the third set, 25-14. The Eagles could only manage 10 kills for the set.
In the fourth set, the teams were even throughout the set as the biggest lead for either team was just four points. Winthrop took an advantage at the 20-19 mark and never gave up that lead, winning the set, 25-22.
The Eagles took the early advantage in the final set, 9-7, but the Flames countered the attack and rattled off four straight points, forcing Winthrop to regroup. The Eagles could not manage a comeback and fell to Liberty, 15-12.

Loren Thomas broke her program rally-scoring record with 13 blocks, on three solo blocks and 10 block assists. She had set the previous mark at 12 on Sept. 23 at Radford. In so doing, she became the seventh player in program history with 300 or more career blocks. She added 12 kills, for her second double-double of the season.

Kelly Haseman collected 25 digs, leading Liberty to a season-high 90 digs, while becoming the sixth player in Big South history with 1,800 or more career digs. At 1,816 career digs, she is now 17 digs shy of fifth place in the conference's all-time record book.

Jade Craycraft dished out 42 assists in addition to a career-high 16 digs, giving her the 10th double-double of her career.

Lillie Happel scored 14 kills and 15 digs, good for her eighth double-double this season and 15th of her career.

Ansley Gebben set career highs with 15 digs and six blocks (two solo, four assist), while Melissa Racz posted a career-best 12 kills at a .391 pace.
The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 21 when Winthrop plays host to Radford at the Winthrop Coliseum. That match is set for 2 p.m.

Bulldogs Earn 3-1 Victory Over Coastal Carolina 
CONWAY, S.C. - The UNC Asheville volleyball team picked up a pivotal Big South Conference victory on Friday evening as the Bulldogs earned a 3-1 decision over league foe Coastal Carolina at Kimbel Arena on the campus of the Chanticleers.

Anna Moore and Cindi Miller paced the Bulldogs offensively with 13 kills and 12 kills, respectively, in helping lead the Blue & White to the four-set victory. Setter Hallie Morse tallied 32 assists directing the Asheville offense while Rachel Wells led the team in digs with 18.

With the victory the Bulldogs improve to 11-9 overall with a 4-3 record in conference play while the Chanticleers fall to 8-16 and 2-6 in the Big South.

Coastal was led offensively by Lian Bernett, who tallied an impressive 20 kills on the night. Erika Lightsey (12) and Katie Martin (11) each posted double digit kills while Martin and Kindra Bailey notched four blocks apiece.

Asheville's Meredith Foster and Moore each recorded two blocks, with Foster collecting two solo blocks.

In the first set the two teams battled to a 15-15 tie, before Asheville went on a 7-1 run. After a CCU timeout the homestanding Chanticleers attempted a comeback, outscoring the Bulldogs 6-2 over the next eight points, but Asheville was able to hold on and earn a 25-22 victory.

The second set saw the Asheville jump out to 19-12 lead before Coastal attempted another rally, but once again the Bulldogs would hold on to earn a 25-23 victory.

In the third set it would be the Chanticleers who would build a lead and have to fight off a late run by the Bulldogs. CCU held a 12-11 lead before going on a 10-4 run to take a commanding 22-15 lead. Asheville would pull to within two points at 22-20, but CCU was able to record the final three points of the set to pick up the 25-20 win.

It would be all Asheville in the fourth and deciding set as the Bulldogs blew out the Chanticleers 25-15. The Bulldogs tallied 14 team kills in that set while hitting for a team average of .342 while committing only one attack error.