Liberty, PC, Coastal, GWU & Winthrop Tab Volleyball Wins

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PRESBYTERIAN DEFEATS CAMPBELL, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

The Presbyterian College volleyball team won for the fourth time in row, taking the 3-0 win over Campbell in action tonight at the Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C.  PC won by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-19.  The Blue Hose have won 12 games in a row dating back to the win over Winthrop. Down 1-0, PC won three straight to take the 3-1 victory over the Eagles.

The Blue Hose improve to 8-13 overall and 5-1 in the league, while the Camels drop to 7-18, 0-6.

Leading PC was Allison Brown with 11 kills, followed by Rachel Hall with six on the night.  Mary Trimpe added 11 digs, while Ashtin Frank posted 31 assists.  Sam Zuber and Lindsey Coats paced Campbell with seven kills apiece, with Heather Wilson adding 26 assists.  Zuber added 12 digs for the Camels as well.

The Blue Hose recorded just 13 errors en route to a .239 hitting percentage, while Campbell had 25 errors for a .059 hitting percentage.

PC raced out to a 10-3 lead in game one off two kills each by Hall and Brown and never looked back, extending the lead to 10, 18-8, as Presley Mabrey posted three kills while Brown added two more.  Campbell cut the margin to eight, 20-12, before the Blue Hose capitalized on four Camel errors to take the 25-14 win off a final 5-2 run.

The Blue Hose opened up a game two lead of 19-13 before Campbell rallied with two kills by Jessica Groen to cut the margin to four, 20-16.  That would be as close as the Camels would get as PC kept at least a four-point gap until a service ace by Lauren Bewick made it 24-21 in favor of PC.  She recorded a service error the next play to give the Blue Hose the 25-21 game two win.

Down 11-4 in game three Campbell fought back with an 11-4 run, highlighted by four kills, two from Zuber, and five PC errors, to knot the game at 15-15.  After a back and forth battle the game was tied again at 18-18.  Camel scored just one more point as PC rallied with two kills and three Campbell errors to take the 25-19 game three and match win.

PC next hosts High Point at the Templeton Center Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.  The Camels return to the court on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Winthrop. Fans can follow the action with links to live stats and video on the volleyball schedule page of GoCamels.com.

LIBERTY DEFEATS CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, 3-2 | BOX SCORE

The Liberty volleyball team overcame a 2-1 match deficit on Friday, surging to a 3-2 victory (25-22, 21-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-5) over Charleston Southern at the CSU Fieldhouse.

With the win, Liberty improves to 15-6 on the season, maintaining a first-place conference tie with a 5-1 Big South record.  Charleston Southern (9-14) evens its conference record at 3-3.

Friday's match marked the third straight meeting between the Lady Flames and Buccaneers in Charleston to go five sets, with Liberty winning 3-2 decisions each time.

The Lady Flames hit .271 as a team and posted season highs with 15 blocks and 82 digs.  Charleston Southern hit .181, recording 85 digs and seven blocks.

Liberty redshirt freshman Caroline Douglas led all players with a career-high 21 kills, hitting .404.  Monica Johnson hit .400 in tallying a career-high 11 kills, in addition to six blocks.  Jade Craycraft posted 56 assists, while Loren Thomas had 12 kills and six blocks.

Gabrielle Shipe collected a match-high 29 digs, while Becca Haraf set a new career high with 19 digs.  Shipe's 29 digs were the most by a Lady Flame since Kelly Haseman had a program rally-scoring-record 35 digs, Nov. 13, 2010 vs. UNC Asheville.  Kendle Rollins scored seven kills and seven blocks, and Lillie Happel had 10 digs.

Sydney Tracy totaled a team-high 20 kills for CSU, followed by Kayla Klinger with 15 kills and Meredith Parrott with 11 kills.  Ashley Higginbothem had 23 digs, and Kirsten Struksnes tied for the match high with 56 assists.

Liberty set the tone early at the net, posting five blocks during a 25-22 set-one victory which featured 10 ties and three lead changes.  The Lady Flames sealed set one by scoring the final three points.  Johnson sparked the Lady Flames' attack, with four kills on five swings, including two key kills late in the set. Klinger recorded five kills for the visitors during the first stanza.  Liberty hit .250 in set one, while CSU hit .167.

The second session proved to be tight throughout, with 14 ties.  Charleston Southern made the most of the fourth lead change, turning a 17-16 deficit into a 25-21 victory.  The hosts outscored Liberty, 9-4, over the final 13 serves to tie the match at one set apiece.  Tracy sent down three of her four set-two kills during CSU's late surge.  Thomas led the Lady Flames with six kills, scoring Liberty's last two points at the net.

Charleston Southern won a back-and-forth third set, 25-23, to take a 2-1 match lead.  The Lady Flames led, 21-18, following a block by Rollins and Johnson.  The hosts battled back, ending the set on a 3-0 rally, with Klinger scoring a kill to seal the set.  Charleston Southern hit .256 during the third stanza, while Liberty attacked at a .211 clip.  Ansley Gebben led all players with five kills during set three, followed by teammate Douglas with four.

The Lady Flames controlled set four from start to finish, rolling to a 25-17 win to send the match into a fifth set.  Liberty hit .400 in sending down 16 kills in the fourth set, led by Douglas, who kit 7-0-11 for the set.  Charleston Southern attacked at a .225 clip, with Tracy tallying eight kills on 14 attempts with no errors.

Liberty surged to an 8-4 lead in set five, with a Douglas-Thomas block leading to the changeover.  Shipe later served up consecutive aces, sparking the Lady Flames on a match-ending 6-0 rally to win, 15-5.  The Lady Flames scored on all six of Charleston Southern's serves and hit .500 as a team for the decisive set.  Douglas had four kills to lead Liberty during set five. CSU hit .000 with five kills in the final stanza.

Liberty travels to Conway, S.C., to face Coastal Carolina tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.  The match will mark the Lady Flames' first-ever contest inside The HTC Center, the Chanticleers' new arena.  Charleston Southern remains at home as CSU welcomes Radford University to the Buccaneer Field House on Saturday, October 13th, with first serve between the Lady Bucs and the Highlanders coming at 6 p.m. Liberty travels to Conway, S.C. to take on Coastal Carolina tomorrow morning, with first serve coming at 11:30 a.m.

COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATS RADFORD, 3-2 | BOX SCORE

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team kept its five-set Big South Conference streak alive as the Chants upended conference rival Radford University, 3-2, Friday evening inside The HTC Center.  The Chanticleers have now played 10 five-set matches including all six of the Big South Conference matches this season.  The CCU record for five-set matches in a season is 12 and the Chants have nine regular season matches remaining on the schedule.

With the victory Coastal improves to 6-10 on the season and 4-2 in conference play which puts them in sole possession of third place in the conference standings.  The Highlanders fell to 12-11 on the year and 2-4 in BSC play which moves them into a tie for eighth in the standings.

Coastal was led by junior Kindra Bailey who provided 19.0 of the Chants 79.0 points.  She had a career-high six service aces, eight blocks including two solo and eight kills.  Freshman Gabriella Horvath led the team in kills with 16 while picking up nine digs and a block assist.

Freshman Monica Hall had 11 kills and seven block assists while junior Meghan Laffin added 12 kills and four digs.  Junior Lauren Alejo dished out 39 assists and had 14 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.  Sophomore Jenna Orner led the team with 24 digs while junior Sam Skryd picked up her first double-double of the season with 11 assists and 17 digs.

The Chants took the opening two sets 25-18 and 25-22 to take a commanding early lead.  It looked to be in the Chants control late in the third set as they went up 24-22 but an attack error and back-to-back kills by Emily Carlin gave the Highlanders a 25-24 lead.  After a service error and a kill by Horvath the Chants had their third match-point of the evening at 26-25 but once again Carlin had the answer with a kill.  On the very next point Savanna Burton and Emma Deininger combined to block the Chants attack to give RU a 27-26 lead.  A kill by Cheyanne James ended the set 28-26 pushing the match to four sets.

The fourth set was all Highlanders as the jumped out to the early lead and never looked back taking a 25-19 victory to push the match to five.

Everything came together in the fifth set as both teams would not relinquish the lead for long.  The Chants jumped out to an early 3-0 lead off kills by Horvath and Bailey and a block by Bailey and Hall but the Highlanders would answer with four-straight points including kills from Yacine Meyer and Carlin, a block by Carlin and Nicole Lambert and an attack error by the Chants.  From the 4-3 mark the Chants and Highlanders traded points almost the entire rest of the set.  With the score knotted at 14 a kill by Horvath gave the Chants their fourth match-point of the evening with the first three coming all the way back in the third set.  A timeout by Radford halted the action but a massive block by freshmen Eszter Nagy and Monica Hall ended the match in the Chants favor 16-14.

Coastal hit .193 as a team while Radford swung at a .116 clip.  The Chants had 59 kills compared to RU's 53.  CCU dug up 82 balls while the Highlanders had 71 and the Chants picked up 12 blocks while RU had 13.

The Highlanders were led by Emily Carlin who had a match-high 21 kills and 14 digs for a double-double.

The Chanticleers will return to action tomorrow, Oct. 13, at 11:30 a.m. as they welcome in Liberty University who defeated Charleston Southern on the road tonight, 3-2.

The Highlanders will travel to Charleston tomorrow night to take on Charleston Southern at 7 p.m.

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

Juniors Tyler Cockrell, Erin Anderson and Emily Holte all posted double digit kills to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over UNC Asheville on Friday night in Asheville, N.C. for Gardner-Webb's first road win of the season.

GWU defeated Asheville 25-21, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-21 to earn the 3-1 Big South Conference win.

Gardner-Webb moves to 8-15 overall and 3-3 in the Big South, while Asheville falls to 6-16 and 2-4 in conference play with the loss.

The win for Gardner-Webb not only completed the regular season series sweep of the Asheville Bulldogs, as GWU defeated UNC Asheville 3-1 back on September 21st, but it is also the Runnin' Bulldogs' third straight win over Asheville over the last two seasons.

Friday night's win snapped a nine-match road losing streak for GWU, who improves to 1-7 in true road matches this season, while the win was also the Runnin' Bulldogs' first win at the Justice Center since 2006.

Behind Anderson and Cockrell's team-high 13 kills, Holte tallied 10 kills, while both Amanda Murphy and Molly Rhyne posted eight kills apiece in the win.  Sophomore setter Heather Feldman dished out a match-high 49 set assists to go along with a team-high 18 digs to post her 10th double-double of the season, while libero Anna Pashkova totaled 17 digs in the four set match.

Asheville's Meredith Foster recorded a match-high 16 kills, while both Holly Shelton and Anna Moore each registered nine kills apiece in the loss.  Setter Katie Davis picked up 38 set assists, a team-high, while libero Rachel Wells recorded 20 digs in four sets of play.

Gardner-Webb took advantage of back-to-back Asheville attack errors to start the contest and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening set.  However, the Asheville Bulldogs would battle back to take a 6-5 lead on a kill by Davis.

The visiting Runnin' Bulldogs responded with a 6-1 run, highlighted by a service ace by Rhyne, to take its largest lead of the set at 11-7.

GWU would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the set, as the Runnin' Bulldogs had an answer for every Asheville point.

Asheville knotted the set up at 18-18 with a 4-0 run, yet GWU refused to panic, but rather answered with a 4-0 run of its own, kicked off by a kill by Holte, to pull back in front at 22-19.

A kill by Anderson would hand the Runnin' Bulldogs the 25-21 set win and put the visitors up 1-0 early in the match.

Carrying over the momentum from the first set win and into the second set, GWU ran out to a 9-4 lead on four kills by Murphy and three kills by Cockrell.

After an Asheville timeout, the home standing Bulldogs' came out fighting, as Asheville took advantage of back-to-back errors by the Runnin' Bulldogs to jump start a 10-5 run, highlighted by back-to-back kills from Foster and Christine Lakatos, to take a 15-14 lead and force a GWU timeout.

With Asheville holding on to a slight 22-18 lead, the set of runs would continue, this time in favor of the Runnin' Bulldogs, as GWU put together a 7-1 run to finish the set and pick up the 25-23 come from behind win on five straight points to close out the game.

Up 2-1 in the third set, Gardner-Webb looked to put the contest away, however, the Bulldogs of Asheville had other plans, pulling out to a 10-6 lead on a kill by Shelton and two straight GWU errors.

Gardner-Webb would cut the Asheville lead to one on several occasions, including at 14-13 on a Holte kill and at 16-15 on a Bulldog service error, yet could not take the lead from the home team.

Two straight GWU errors and back-to-back points by Asheville on a kill by Lakatos and a Wells service ace led the Bulldogs to a 25-21 set win and forced a fourth set.

An Anderson kill opened up the fourth set for the Runnin' Bulldogs, as Gardner-Webb took a 7-4 lead, capped off by kills from Rhyne and Cockrell, to start the frame, only to have the Asheville Bulldogs claw its way back into the set and take a 10-9 lead on two consecutive Foster kills.

Three straight kills by GWU's Anderson pushed the visitors back in front at 13-11, yet Asheville countered with a 7-4 run to retake the lead at 18-17 and force a Runnin' Bulldog timeout.

GWU replied with three straight points of its own, which included two UNC Asheville errors, to pull back in front one more time by two at 20-18.

This time the visitors refused to let Asheville back on top, but rather closed the set out with a 6-1 run to earn the 25-21 set win and the 3-1 match victory.

Gardner-Webb posted 11 total blocks as a team compared to Asheville's seven team blocks, while the Runnin' Bulldogs also posted 15 more kills than the home team (56-41).

The Runnin' Bulldogs will return to action in one week, as GWU will host Coastal Carolina on Friday night, October 19th, at 7 p.m. in Paul Porter Arena.  UNC Asheville will also be in action next Friday night, as the Bulldogs will host Charleston Southern at 7 p.m.

WINTHROP DEFEATS HIGH POINT, 3-2 | BOX SCORE

The Winthrop volleyball team overcame a 0-2 deficit to shock the High Point Panthers Friday night in a five-set thriller inside the Winthrop Coliseum.

The Eagles improved to 9-11 overall and 3-3 in the conference while High Point fell to 14-8 overall and 3-3 in the Big South.

Hitting errors hurt the Eagles in the first set as Winthrop amassed nine errors to only nine kills as the Panthers took the first game 25-14.

Winthrop hit better in the second set, but still couldn't quell the High Point attack.  The Panthers hit .333 in the second set, winning 25-15.

In the third set the Eagles showed their resolve, overcoming a 17-12 deficit.  Winthrop used a 12-3 run to take a 24-20 lead before winning the third set 25-22.

The fourth set was a rollercoaster ride. Winthrop carried its momentum briefly from the third set taking the first three points before High Point went on a 12-0 run to go up 12-3.  High Point went up as much as 19-9 before the Eagles started their comeback.  The Eagles went on an 8-2 run to get within 21-17, but the Panthers held strong and worked to reach match point at 24-21.  Winthrop was not ready for the match to end as it took the next five points to win the fourth set 26-24.

High Point got the early lead in the fifth set, jumping ahead 7-3.  Winthrop battled back on a 6-2 run to tie the set at 9-9.  The two teams traded points before the Eagles were able to go up 14-12 and win the fifth set 15-13 and the match 3-2.

Stephanie Palmer recorded her fifth triple-double of the season with 11 kills, 26 assists and 12 digs.  Jennica Mullins and Rachel Lenz each finished with 10 kills.  Mullins also added six total blocks.  Monica Cardona led the team with 18 digs.

The Eagles will host the Campbell Camels Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. inside the Winthrop Coliseum.  High Point will continue south to Presbyterian College on Saturday for a 7 p.m. match with the Blue Hose.