PC, Asheville, GWU, LU and WU Post Friday Wins


UNC Asheville Picks Up 3-1 Win Over Campbell
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Holly Shelton and Cindi Miller had 13 kills each as UNC Asheville downed Campbell 3-1 in Big South Conference volleyball action Friday night at Justice Center. The Bulldogs won their third consecutive match, 25-17, 19-25, 25-25-20.

Asheville (13-9, 6-3 BSC) also received a great match from setter Hallie Morse as she had 20 digs, 41 assists and five kills. The Bulldogs defense also got 18 digs from Alex Stewart and 11 from Rachel Wells.

Campbell (11-14, 4-5 BSC) was led by a game-high 16 kills from Jordan Reaves. She finished with a double-double as she contributed 14 digs. Ally Russo had a match-high 23 digs for the visitors.

Meredith Foster contributed eight kills and five blocks for the home team. Anna Moore finished with 11 kills and three blocks. Asheville recorded 10 blocks in the match, compared to seven for CU.

The Bulldogs took advantage of 10 Campbell hitting errors in the first set to race to a 25-17 win. Asheville hit .188 in the opening set and got four kills from Miller.

The Camels quickly took charge of the second set. Trailing 6-3, Russo went back to serve as Campbell scored 10 straight points to lead 13-6. The Bulldogs called two time-outs during the run but it didn't matter. Asheville had six hitting errors during the run as CU had three blocks. The Bulldogs made some mini-runs and closed to 20-16 but Reaves followed with two straight kills to push the lead to 22-16. CU won the set 25-19.

In the third set, Jaimie Dorfman got the Bulldogs off to a good start with two service aces as Asheville led 4-1. The lead would go back-and-forth for a little while before the home team went on a 4-0 run to lead 17-13. Shelton had two kills during the run. The Bulldogs were able to keep the lead thanks to three kills from Moore and some solid blocking. Asheville took a 2-1 lead with a 25-20 win.

The final set was close most of the way with the Bulldogs maintaining a two-point lead for much of the set. Finally, Asheville got some breathing room thanks to three straight points, two off of Shelton kills to build a 21-16 advantage. The Bulldogs were able to get two kills from Foster plus a block solo to end the match and give Asheville its first win over Campbell since the 1993 season.

The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday afternoon when they host defending BSC champion High Point at Justice Center starting at 5 p.m.  Campbell plays at Gardner-Webb on Saturday, also at 5 p.m.

Solano Posts 13 Kills, as GWU Defeats High Point, 3-1
Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb junior Carol Solano posted a season-high 13 kills, as the Runnin' Bulldogs downed High Point, 3-1, (25-23, 25-15, 13-25, 25-21) on "Think Pink Night" in Paul Porter Arena Friday night in Boiling Springs, N.C.

The win snaps GWU's losing streak to High Point at seven matches and is the Runnin' Bulldogs first-ever Big South Conference win over the Panthers.

GWU improves to 9-15 overall and 4-5 in the Big South with the win, while the loss drops High Point to 6-17 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

The first set was close from start to finish, as both teams traded the lead early, until a kill by senior Lauren Evans tied the score up at 10-10.

The kill sparked a GWU run, as the Runnin' Bulldogs took a 14-10 lead, highlighted by two Evans' service aces.

After pushing their lead to five at 19-14 on another Evans' kill, the Panthers battled back to cut the Gardner-Webb lead to two at 22-20 and once more at 23-21.

A Laura Wilcox kill gave the Runnin' Bulldogs set point at 24-21, only to have the Panthers answer with back-to-back points to put the score at 24-23 and force a GWU timeout.

Out of the timeout, GWU finished the set off with a kill by freshman setter Heather Feldman, giving the Runnin' Bulldogs the 25-23 set win and an early 1-0 match lead.

In set two, the Runnin' Bulldogs posted a .524 attack percentage as a team and led from start to finish, beginning the match with a 13-4 run capped off by back-to-back kills from Wilcox.

A High Point attack error pushed the GWU lead to 10 at 14-4, the largest to that point.  However, the Panthers got to as close as eight at 17-9 on a GWU error, only to have the home team use a 4-2 run to take its third double-digit lead at 22-12 on a Melissa Richie kill.

Each team finished the set out with three points apiece, as a kill by Solano gave the Runnin' Bulldogs the 25-15 set win and a 2-0 match lead.

The third set, however, went in favor of the Panthers, as High Point ran out to an 8-4 lead to force a GWU timeout.

Gardner-Webb couldn't stop the High Point momentum in the third set, as the Panthers took a decisive 21-12 lead on a GWU error en route to a 25-13 set win.

With GWU holding on to a slight 2-1 match lead, the Runnin' Bulldogs fell behind early in the fourth set as well, as the Panthers took a 10-8 lead on a GWU attack error.

Gardner-Webb battled back to take a 13-12 lead on back-to-back service aces by Feldman, and then retook the lead once more at 14-13 on a High Point attack error.

The two teams' traded points back-and-forth over the next several rallies, until a kill by Solano, an Evan Moffitt service ace and back-to-back kills from Solano and Richie pushed the home team in front by three at 20-17.

High Point cut the GWU lead to two at 20-18 on a Lauren Bell kill, however, the Runnin' Bulldogs simply refused to lose, finishing the set out on a 5-3 run to take the 25-21 set win and the 3-1 match victory.

Solano led the way with a match-high 13 kills, while junior Dominique Bray and Richie posted 11 and 10 digs, respectively.  Sophomore middle blocker Tyler Cockrell recorded seven kills and four total blocks, while Feldman dished out a team-high 35 set assists in the win.

For High Point, Kristin Heldt and Chelsea Davis each recorded a team-high 11 kills, while Courtney Johnk tallied 10 kills and 10 digs in the loss.

Gardner-Webb (9-15, 4-5 Big South) will return to action tomorrow night, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will host the Campbell Fighting Camels at 5 p.m. as part of Saturday's Homecoming festivities.

High Point (6-17, 4-5 Big South) will remain on the road to take on the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at 5 p.m. in Asheville, N.C.

Coastal Forces Fifth Set but Comes Up Short in DIG PINK Match
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team came back twice against Winthrop University to force a fifth set in the Chanticleers annual DIG PINK match, but ended up falling 3-2. The Chanticleers fell to 10-17 on the season and to 3-7 in the Big South Conference following scores of 16-25, 25-20, 15-25, 25-23 and 8-15.

Winthrop scored the first two points of the first set and would eventually build an 11-4 lead after Coastal posted an attack error. The Chants were able to pull within four points of the Eagles at 12-8 following a kill by freshman Taylor Stafford. The Eagles used a 7-1 run to extend their lead to 10 and Coastal couldn't recover, as Winthrop won the first set 25-16.

Coastal obtained the momentum in the second set taking a three point lead at 6-3 on a kill by freshman Katie Martin. The Chanticleers expanded their lead to six after going on a 5-1 run to put the score at 13-7. Coastal used one additional run to go ahead 21-13, but the Eagles went on a couple of small runs to pull within four points of the Chants, putting the score at 24-20. Sophomore Meghan Laffin earned the final point of the set on an assist from Sam Skryd to tie the game at one apiece.

The momentum switched in the third set with Winthrop building a 7-3 advantage. Coastal pulled within three points on the ensuing point after freshman Lian Bernett recorded a kill. The Chants came within three points of the Eagles on one other occasion in the third set, but were unable to get any closer, while Winthrop took the set 25-15.

During the fourth set of play the score remained close until Coastal went on a 5-1 run midway through to go ahead 15-10. Winthrop tied the set up at 19-19 after the Chants faltered on an attack. Coastal closed out the set with a key kill by senior Erika Lightsey, who helped give the Chants the 25-23 win.

Following a 2-2 tie in the fifth set the Eagles used a 9-2 run to open up a seven point lead on the Chants. The Chanticleers wouldn't go down without a fight, as they came within four points of Winthrop, but the Eagles pulled it out in the end winning the set 15-8.

Bernett finished the match with her sixth double-double, as she recorded 11 kills and 17 digs. Lightsey had a match high 13 digs, while sophomore Lindsay Gill finished with a team high 21 digs. Sophomore Kindra Bailey tallied a career high seven blocks on the night, five of which were solo. Skryd ended the night with a season high 45 assists.

Carolyn Weed led the Eagles in kills with 12, while Kristen Cruse posted 21 digs. Jennica Mullins had a team high eight blocks. Stephanie Palmer recorded 39 assists for Winthrop.

The Coastal volleyball team raised money over the past two weeks with the proceeds going to the Side-Out Foundation and to Caring in Our Lifetime. The Side-Out Foundation was created in 2004 to have players and coaches work together to further breast cancer awareness. Caring in Our Lifetime is a local breast cancer organization that raises funds to provide assistance with medical expenses to those affected by breast cancer in Horry and Georgetown counties.

Coastal returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. in their final home Big South Conference match-up of the season against Presbyterian.

Winthrop will be back on the court on Saturday, Oct. 29 as the Eagles travel south to take on Charleston Southern. That match is slated for 6 p.m.

Liberty Rallies Past Radford in Five Sets
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Radford raced out to a 2-0 lead, but first-place Liberty stormed back and rallied past the Highlanders in five sets (23-25, 29-25, 25-20, 25-16, 15-5), Friday evening in Big South Volleyball action from the Vines Center.

Senior Leigh Myers (Baton Rouge, La./The Dunham School) and freshman Rachel Wiechecki (Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy) each recorded double-doubles for the Highlanders (11-14, 5-5 Big South). Lillie Happell registered a double-double of 12 kills and 13 digs for the Lady Flames (14-11, 9-1).

Myers dished out 23 assists and also recorded a season-high 10 digs for her second collegiate double-double. Wiechecki posted a match-best 14 kills and added 11 digs for her team-high fifth double-double of the season.

Joining the duo defensively with double-figure digs were freshman Rachel Brummitt (Plano, Texas/Plano West) and sophomore Emily Carlin (Downington, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) with 20 and 13 digs, respectively. Adding 11 kills apieces, junior Emily Hayes (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and freshman Emma Deininger (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven)

In a tight first set, back-to-back kills by Wiechecki and Deininger completed a set-ending 4-1 spurt to claim a 25-23 triumph. Wiechecki found the floor five times in the opening set.

Radford raced out to a 6-2 lead in set two and after Liberty came back to tie it a 13-apiece, the Highlanders drummed off four straight points and went on to grab a 25-19 win and a 2-0 advantage.

The Lady Flames, behind a 6-0 run, pulled away from an early back-and-forth start and led the rest of the way to get back into the match with a 25-20 third-set victory.

Liberty took command of another close battle as it closed out the fourth set with a 9-1 run to even the match and force a fifth and deciding set.

The momentum carried into the fifth as the Lady Flames, who hit .500, opened up a 7-2 lead and did not look back to complete the comeback.

Melissa Racz matched her teammate Happell with 12 kills, while Jade Craycraft posted 40 assists, seven kills and six digs. Loren Thomas was just shy of a double-double with 11 kills and a match-best nine block assists.

Radford returns to action on Nov. 4 as it hosts High Point at 7 p.m.

Liberty's next match is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4 at home vs. Campbell.  Match time is slated for 7:00pm

Presbyterian College Picks Up 3-1 Win at Charleston Southern
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Presley Mabrey and Caroline Cann both posted double-digit kills to lead the Presbyterian College volleyball team to the 3-1 win over Charleston Southern this evening in Charleston, S.C.  The Blue Hose won by scores of 25-22, 22-25, 25-19 and 24-18

Presbyterian College improves to 10-16 and 4-6 in the Big South, while Charleston Southern falls to 5-21, 1-9.  The Blue Hose next travel to Conway, S.C. Saturday, Oct. 29 to face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at 2 p.m.

After trading wins in the first two sets, with the Blue Hose winning the first, 25-22, and the Bucs taking the second, 25-22, PC rallied to take the final two sets, 25-19 and 24-18 for their second win in a row by a score of 3-1.

Mabrey led the Blue Hose with 14 kills, including four in each of the winning sets, while Cann followed with 12 kills on the night.  Ashtin Frank recorded 37 assists while Megan Trimpe led defensively with 16 digs, five ahead of Cann's 11.

Despite having more errors than Charleston Southern, 29-22, the Blue Hose held the .183 to .109 advantage in hitting percentage.  PC had 53 kills, to CSU's 36.