Liberty, HPU, Presbyterian, Winthrop and GWU Win Conference Matches

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PRESBYTERIAN DEFEATS CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

Three Presbyterian College volleyball players recorded double-digit kills to lead the Blue Hose to the 3-0 win over Charleston Southern in their Big South opener in Charleston, S.C.  PC won the three games by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-13.

PC improves to 4-12 overall and 1-0 in the league, while CSU drops to 5-11 overall and 0-1.

Presley Mabrey, Allison Brown and Kelly Berryman all posted 10 kills apiece, while Elizabeth Miler added six.  Berryman, with just three errors, led the team in hitting percentage with .350.  Ashtin Frank added 36 assists while Mary Trimpe posted a team-leading 16 digs.  The Blue Hose hit 44 kills and recorded a .234 hitting percentage, compared to the Bucs who hit .101 with 30 kills.

Mabrey came out firing in game one, posting kills in PC's first three of four points.  Brown added another as the Blue Hose took the early 5-0 lead, forcing a CSU timeout.  A PC service error gave the Bucs their opening point but the Blue Hose continued to roll, extending its lead to nine, 10-1 before a kill by Meredith Parrot made it 10-2.  The two teams traded points off a kill by Brown and one by Sydney Tracy, to make it 11-3.

The Bucs rattle off three kills to help them cut the margin to eight at 14-6, before Berryman made it a nine point a game with a kill of her own.  Down 6-16, CSU capitalized on four PC miscues to help them to a 4-2 run to cut the margin to just six, 12-16.  After a quick timeout, the Blue Hose used a kill by Andrea Barman and a CSU attack error to extend its lead to 21-12.

Two service aces and CSU was down by just seven, 15-21, before another kill by Berryman made it 15-22.  The Bucs picked up two points off two more PC errors to cut the margin to five at 17-22, before committing two more errors to give the Blue Hose game point, 17-24.  Mabrey finished the game, like she started it - with a kill - as the Blue Hose took the 25-17 game one win.

CSU opened game two with a kill, before PC rattled off three to take a 3-1 lead.  After a Buc kill, PC used a kill by Mabrey and two by Miler to take a 6-2 lead.  CSU fought back with a 7-3 run to tie the game at 9-9.  A back and forth battle ensued with both teams trading the lead.

A service ace by CSU's Kayla Klinger gave the Bucs a 16-15 lead before PC took its first timeout of the game.  The Bucs extended the lead to 18-15 off a kill by Siraya Windsor and a PC miscue, but Frank cut the run short with a kill to make it 16-18.  PC capitalized on a CSU error and Barman added a kills to knot the game up at 18-18.

Both teams traded point but it was PC that came out on top with kill by Mabrey and two by Brown to give PC the 21-19 lead.  Another Mabrey kill highlighted a 5-0 run as the Blue Hose led 23-19, forcing a CSU break.  A CSU attack error and a kill by Mabrey gave the Blue Hose the 25-19 game two win.

PC opened game two with back to back points to take the early 2-0 lead.  CSU responded with two kills to knot the game at 2-2.  PC opened up a 6-4 lead, taking advantage of a couple of Buc errors.  CSU rallied back, highlighted by a Davis kill, to tie the game at 7-7.

Tied 10-10, the Bucs used two kills by Klinger to take 13-11 lead off small 3-1 run.  CSU held the two-point advantage at for several points until a kill by Berryman and two CSU attack errors gave PC the lead again at 16-15.

CSU took the lead back at 19-18 off a PC attack error.  It was short-lived as the Blue Hose tied the game up again, capitalizing on a CSU service error.  PC took the lead back off a Miler kill, before CSU tied the game yet again off a PC attack error.

Berryman recorded back-to-back kills to give the Blue Hose the 23-22 lead before CSU took a timeout.  Frank's kill gave the Blue Hose game and match point at 24-22.  CSU made it 24-23, before Miler ended the game and match with a kill, 25-23.

PC next travels to Coastal Carolina Saturday, Sept. 22 for a 1 p.m. match.  Charleston Southern remains at home and in conference play as CSU welcomes Winthrop University to the Buccaneer Field House on Saturday, September 22nd. First serve between the Buccaneers and the Eagles is set for 2 p.m.

HIGH POINT DEFEATS CAMPBELL, 3-1 | BOX SCORE

The High Point University volleyball team opened Big South Conference play with a four-set win at Campbell on Friday.  Redshirt-sophomore Maddie Simpson had 37 assists in the win, setting sophomore Chelsea Davis up for a match-high 15 kills.

The Panthers improved to 16-5 on the season and 1-0 in league games with the 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 25-12) win.  Davis finished the match with 15 kills and nine digs and senior Courtney Johnk added 14 kills and four blocks.

High Point won the first two sets to quiet the crowd that showed for Campbell's home opener.  The Camels rallied late to win the third set and hold off the sweep.  In the fourth set HPU rolled to a 25-12 win to take the match.

High Point went on a 10-2 run to win the first set 25-23.  Davis accounted for five of HPU's points with four kills and a block, including the final point of the frame.  The Panthers trailed 15-21 and sided out on a Campbell service error.  The Panthers scored six straight points to take a 22-21 lead.  Johnk had two kills to bring up set point and Davis won the frame with her seventh kill.

The Panthers stormed out to a 21-12 lead in the second set and held off a late push by the Camels to win the frame 25-17.  High Point outhit Campbell .250 to .094.  Johnk stepped up with five kills in the second frame.

Campbell rallied to win the third set 25-22 and avoided the sweep.  The Camels erased a three-point HPU lead and tied the frame 21-21 on a kill by Renatta Laport and held on to win the set and force a fourth set.

The Panthers opened up a 13-2 lead in the fourth set.  They scored five straight points with Davis at the service line, including two aces for the sophomore.  High Point won the set 25-12.

Freshman Annemarie Chin came up with 21 digs in the win and sophomore Kristin Heldt added nine kills.

High Point is back in action on Sunday with a 2 p.m. match at North Carolina A&T.  Campbell remains home and will take on N.C. Central Saturday at noon followed by N.C. A&T at 3:00 p.m.

LIBERTY DEFEATS RADFORD, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

Liberty held off Radford, 27-25, during set one and pulled away for a 3-0 sweep (27-25, 25-15, 25-22) of the visiting Highlanders in both teams' Big South opener, Friday at the Vines Center.

Friday's contest was a rematch of the 2011 Big South Volleyball Championship final, which Liberty also won, 3-0.  The Lady Flames are now 10-4, 1-0 in conference play, having won each of their last 15 conference home matches and eight Big South openers in a row. Radford falls to 8-8, 0-1 in the Big South.

For the match, Liberty recorded 44 kills at a .257 pace and eight aces.  The Lady Flames had 53 digs to Radford's 46, and outblocked the Highlanders, 7-6.  Radford hit .192 in sending down 34 kills.

Caroline Douglas led the Lady Flames with 13 kills, while Ansley Gebben chipped in 12 kills and nine digs.  Jade Craycraft dished out a match-high 31 assists in addition to eight kills and seven digs.  Gabrielle Shipe collected a match-high 18 digs, while Kendle Rollins paced all players with four blocks.

Emily Carlin fashioned a double-double for Radford, with 11 kills and 10 digs.  Christine Beckham finished with a team-high 20 assists, and Katelyn Meeks had 13 digs.

The Lady Flames won a back-and-forth first set, 27-25, one which featured 10 ties and five lead changes.  Liberty's lead stood at 23-19 following consecutive kills by Douglas, before three Liberty miscues brought Radford to within one point.  Trailing, 24-22, Radford fought off a pair of set-point tries to tie the score.  Gebben later sent down back-to-back kills to seal the 27-25 set-one win.

Gebben had a standout first set, with eight kills and four digs, while Carlin had five kills for Radford.  The Lady Flames hit .250 in set one, while Radford attacked at a .308 clip.

Liberty led from start to finish in taking set two, 25-15.  The Lady Flames scored the first six points of the set while Gebben served, and never looked back, outhitting Radford, .348 to -.037 during the middle stanza.  Douglas led Liberty with five kills in the second set, and the Lady Flames' four blocks helped stymie the Highlanders.

The teams played evenly throughout a majority of set three, as the teams battled to a 15-15 tie after 30 serves.  The Lady Flames staged a 7-3 rally to take a 22-18 lead, capped by a Douglas kill.  Carlin recorded two kills during a 4-0 Radford run that leveled the score at 22-all.  Liberty tallied the final three points of the match, including a Rollins-Craycraft block and a kill by Craycraft.

Craycraft and Douglas both recorded four kills during set four, while Carlin had four kills as well for the Highlanders.  Radford hit .237 in the final frame, compared to .214 for the Lady Flames.

Liberty steps outside of conference play to host James Madison on Tuesday night, with the opening serve scheduled for 7 p.m.  The Highlanders step out of conference to play N.C. Central on Tuesday, Sept. 25.  The matchup with the Eagles is slated for 7:00 p.m. inside the Dedmon Center.

WINTHROP DEFEATS COASTAL CAROLINA, 3-2 | BOX SCORE

The Winthrop volleyball team overcame a 2-1 deficit Friday to defeat the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 3-2 in the conference opener.

With the victory the Eagles improved to 7-8 overall and 1-0 in the Big South while the Chanticleers fell to 2-8 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Kristin Cruse led the Eagles with a career-high 18 kills in the victory.  Rachel Lenz also added 11 kills.  Stephanie Palmer had her second triple-double of the season with 13 digs, 32 assists and a career-high 10 block.  Catherine Bruise led the Eagles with 25 digs.

Winthrop fell behind early in the first set 8-3 and continued to trail at 13-9, but the Eagles rattled off four-straight points to tie the set at 13-13.  Winthrop took its first lead of the set at 15-14 which sparked a 7-2 run to give the Eagles a 22-17 lead and the team went on to take the first set 25-22.

Through most of the second set, Winthrop looked as though it was going to cruise to a 2-0 lead.  The Eagles led late in the set 21-15, but the Chanticleers battled back on a 7-1 run to tie the set at 22-22.  Winthrop was able to stave off four match points before the Chanticleers finally put the set away 29-27.

In the third set, the two teams battled back and forth with neither able to gain a real edge early on.  The two squads were tied 18-18, but then Winthrop went cold, managing only one more point over the remainder of the set as the Chanticleers took the third set 25-19.

Winthrop did not go away quietly as the Eagles did not allow the Chanticleers to hold a lead in the fourth set.  Holding a slim 17-14 lead, the Eagles scored five-straight points to open a 22-14 lead and finished off the fourth set 25-21 to force a decisive fifth set.

The Eagles came out very strong in the final set, jumping out to a 3-0 lead which kept Coastal from gaining any momentum.  Winthrop led the fifth set throughout, taking the final game 15-11 and the match 3-2.

The Eagles will continue on the road Saturday at Charleston Southern for a 2 p.m,. contest against the Buccaneers.  The Chanticleers will return to action tomorrow, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. as they host Presbyterian College in Big South Conference action.

GARDNER-WEBB DEFEATS UNC ASHEVILLE, 3-1 | BOX SCORE

Gardner-Webb sophomore setter Heather Feldman posted a double-double of 50 set assists and 14 digs to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs to a 3-1 home win over the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the two teams' Big South Conference opener Friday night in Paul Porter Arena.

The Runnin' Bulldogs defeated the Asheville Bulldogs 25-22, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-14 to record its first conference win of the season and its second straight victory over Asheville.

GWU improves to 5-12 on the year and 1-0 in conference play, while Asheville falls to 4-13 overall and will begin conference play at 0-1.

Gardner-Webb had two players in double digits in kills with Emily Holte's match-high 14 kills, which ties a career-high, and ErinAnderson's 10 kills, while libero Anna Pashkova and senior Dominique Bray joined Feldman with double digit digs with 13 and 11, respectively.  Feldman also had a season-high five kills, while freshman Tyra Montour and junior Amanda Murphy each posted an attack percentage over .600 on the night.

Asheville was led by Anna Moore's team-high 11 kills, while Holly Shelton posted a team-high 16 digs to go along with seven kills over the four set match.

Neither team could pull away to start the opening set, as a Meredith Foster kill tied the first set up at 5-5.

A kill by Feldman helped the Runnin' Bulldogs run out to a three point lead at 8-5, however, the Asheville Bulldogs fought its way back into the set, knotting the frame up once more at 10-10 on a GWU attack error.

Senior Carolina Solano would post a kill to put GWU back in front at 11-10, but it also started a 7-3 by the home standing ‘Dogs, who ran out to a 17-13 lead on a kill by junior middle blocker Tyler Cockrell.

The set of runs would continue, as this time Asheville put together a 6-1 run to take a one point lead at 19-18 on a kill by Moore.

Refusing to quit, GWU answered back with a kill from Montour to jump-start a 5-0 run capped off bay a Montour service ace to pull out to a 23-19 lead.

After back-to-back GWU errors kept Asheville in the set at 23-22, Gardner-Webb got a huge kill from Murphy and watch an Asheville attack sail long to take the 25-22 first set win.

The home team pounced on the visiting Bulldogs in the second set, running out to an 8-2 lead on another Feldman kill to force Asheville to use an early timeout.

Out of the timeout, GWU pushed its lead to seven at 10-3 and then used back-to-back kills from Cockrell and Solano, as well as two killsfrom Murphy, to take a double digit lead at 16-6.

However, the Runnin' Bulldogs allowed the Asheville Bulldogs to battle back into the set with a 12-5 run to put the score at 21-18 in favor of the home team and force Gardner-Webb to use a timeout.

The Runnin' Bulldogs settled down after the one-minute break, as Solano and Holte combined for three kills and a service ace to guide the home team to a 25-20 second set victory and a 2-0 match lead.

GWU got off to a slow start in the third set, as Asheville took a 5-1 lead on another Moore kill to start the game, then continued to add to its lead, with the help of two more GWU attack errors, to push it out to six at 8-2.

As the Runnin' Bulldogs tried to battle its way back into the set, the visiting Asheville Bulldogs always had an answer, as GWU cut the lead to four at 14-10 on a Holte kill.

After two consecutive UNC Asheville attack errors put the score at 14-12 in favor of the visitors, Gardner-Webb outscored Asheville 6-4 to tie the set up at 18-18.

Asheville would retake the lead at 21-19, only to have GWU tie the set up once more at 22-22 on back-to-back kills from Murphy and Anderson and put the set even with three points to go.

Two GWU attack errors and a Christine Lakatos kill would be all that the Asheville Bulldogs would need to escape the third set with a 25-23 set win and force a fourth game.

The fourth game belong to GWU, as after an Asheville service error tied the set up at 7-7, Feldman recorded her lone service ace of the match to kick-off an 11-5 run by the Runnin' Bulldogs who took a 19-12 lead and forced a UNC Asheville timeout.

The timeout did not slow down the Runnin' Bulldog attack, as GWU finished the set out on a 5-2 run, highlighted by kills from Feldman and Rhyne, to pick up the huge 25-14 set win and the 3-1 match victory.

The win pushes GWU's record to 2-3 in Big South Conference openers since joining the League in 2008.

Friday night's match was the first of a four-match home stand for the Runnin' Bulldogs, who will return to Paul Porter Arena to host USC Upstate on Tuesday, September 25th, at 7 p.m.  The Bulldogs will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 28, when hots league foe Radford at Justice Center beginning at 7 p.m.  Asheville will then take on Big South opponent Liberty on Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 6 p.m. at Justice.