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Presbyterian College Volleyball Wins Fifth Straight With 3-1 Victory Over UNC Asheville
CLINTON, S.C. - A career-high 21 kills from Caroline Cann (Landrum, S.C.) helped lift the Presbyterian College volleyball team to a 3-1 victory (25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24) over UNC Asheville on Saturday in PC's final home match of the year.

The Blue Hose win their fifth straight and fourth in Big South Conference play to improve to 13-16 on the year and 7-6 in league matches. UNC Asheville slips to 14-11 overall and 7-5 in conference action.

Prior to the game, Presley Mabrey (Lyman, S.C.) was honored for her 1,000th career kill.

Cann's 21 kills mark the highest single-match total for the sophomore and tie for the sixth-most over the last four years for PC. Cann also led PC defensively with 21 digs.

Four players hit double-digits in kills for the Blue Hose. Mabrey chipped in 15, Kelly Berryman (Normal, Ill.) added 12 and Allison Brown (Plano, Texas) contributed 10. Mabrey also racked up 20 digs and Mary Trimpe (Normal, Ill.) added 19 as well. Ashtin Frank (Bloomington, Ill.) also ended the day with 56 assists.

Rachel Hall (Roswell, Ga.) posted nine kills and led all players with seven block assists and a block solo.

Cindi Miller led UNC Ashevillle with 14 kills.

The two sides battled through a tight first set that saw 16 tie scores and six lead changes. PC broke away from the Bulldogs early to take a 10-7 lead, but UNC Asheville pulled even again and took a two-point lead at 19-17.

A Cann kill and a bad Bulldog set tied the frame again at 19-19, setting up several more even scores before a 23-23 deadlock. With UNC Asheville serving, Hall provided a kill to put the Blue Hose in the driver's seat and a Cann kill sealed the first set for PC, 25-23.

PC opened a 10-1 lead in set number two before UNC Asheville went on a run to force a 13-13 tie. The Bulldogs took the lead on an Alex Stewart ace and never let the Blue Hose pull even, despite PC clawing to within one several times late, including 22-21. A Holly Shelton kill and two PC errors gave the set to the Bulldogs as the match stood tied, 1-1.

The third set opened with a back-and-forth battle for the lead before a Cann and Hall block gave PC an 11-10 advantage the squad would not relinquish. A 10-6 run helped PC to a five-point lead and prompted a Bulldog timeout. The Blue Hose kept up their momentum after the stoppage by using a UNC Asheville error and a Brown kill to go ahead, 22-16. Kills from Cann and Brown sandwiched around an error then lifted PC to a set three victory, 25-18.

The fourth and final set provided a wild atmosphere, with two distinct swings and PC surviving a late rally from UNC Asheville. An opening 6-1 score from UNC Ashveille turned into a tie set at 8-8 before an eventual 6-0 PC run boosted the Blue Hose lead to 18-10. The Bulldogs clawed back, however , tying the set at 20-20 and repeating the feat twice more to force a 24-24 standoff. With Cann serving, Mabrey gave PC the lead with a kill and Berryman followed with another to take the set, 26-24, and the match, 3-1.

The Blue Hose wrap up the season with their final match on Friday at Winthrop at 7 p.m.

UNC Asheville returns to the court on Friday, Nov. 11 as it hosts Radford at 7:00pm.

Runnin' Bulldogs Drop Final Road Match of the Regular Season, 3-0, at Winthrop
Rock Hill, S.C. - The Gardner-Webb volleyball team battled back from a tough first set 25-15 set loss to push the Winthrop Lady Eagles to the limit in set two and three, before falling to the Lady Eagles 3-0 in straight sets (25-15, 25-22, 25-22) in the Winthrop Coliseum on Saturday afternoon in Rock Hill, S.C.

The loss is the third straight for GWU, who falls to 9-18 overall and 4-8 in the Big South.  The win, which was Winthrop's fifth straight, pushes the Lady Eagles to 18-7 overall and 11-2 in conference play on the year.

Looking to complete the regular season series sweep of the Winthrop Lady Eagles and snap their losing streak at two, the Runnin' Bulldogs posted only a .160 attack percentage as team, compared to Winthrop's .264 team attack percentage, and committed 22 total errors in the three set loss.

The Runnin' Bulldogs got off to a slow start to start the match, seeing a 2-2 tie quickly erased by a 6-2 run by the Winthrop Lady Eagles, giving the home team an 8-4 lead and forcing an early GWU timeout.

Gardner-Webb cut the Winthrop lead to two at 11-9 on a Tyler Cockrell kill, however, that would be as close as the Runnin' Bulldogs would get in the opening set, as Winthrop outscored GWU 14-6 for the remainder of the game to come away with the 25-15 set win.

The second set started off much like the first, as the two teams went back-and-forth until back-to-back Gardner-Webb errors allowed the Lady Eagles to take an early three point lead at 6-3.

The errors only added to the Lady Eagles' momentum, as the home team outscored the Runnin' Bulldogs 5-3 over the next eight possessions to pull out to an 11-6 lead and force a GWU timeout.

After Winthrop scored right out of the timeout to push their lead to six at 12-6, the Runnin' Bulldogs took advantage of four Winthrop errors and kills from Cockrell, Emily Holte, Lauren Evans and Laura Wilcox to cut the Winthrop lead to one at 15-14.

Winthrop was able to hold on to a slight lead over Gardner-Webb, as the two teams then traded points back-and-forth over the next nine rallies to put the score at 20-18 in favor of the Lady Eagles.

Two straight errors by Gardner-Webb pushed Winthrop in front by four at 22-18, forcing head coach Leo Sayles to call his second timeout of the set.

Out of the timeout, the Runnin' Bulldogs responded with four straight points, highlighted by kills from Holte, Heather Feldman and Erin Anderson, to knot the score up at 22-22.

However, another GWU error stopped the run and allowed Winthrop to score the final three points of the frame to escape with the 25-22 set win and a 2-0 match lead.

GWU's Evans got the Runnin' Bulldogs off to a solid start in set three, posting two kills over the first three points to give the visitors an early 2-1 lead.  However, a 6-2 run by the Lady Eagles, which included three Gardner-Webb errors, push Winthrop back in front by two at 7-5.

Down two points at 8-6, GWU was able to post back-to-back points by way of an Evans' kill and an Evan Moffitt service ace, tying the set up at 8-8.

Refusing to go away, Gardner-Webb stayed close to the Lady Eagles, cutting the lead to one at 11-10 and then overcoming a 3-0 run by Winthrop to battle back with a 5-0 run of their own, highlighted by kills from both Holte and Wilcox, to take a 17-15 lead and force Winthrop to call their first timeout of the set.

At home, Winthrop would not go away, as out of the timeout the Lady Eagles outscored Gardner-Webb 5-1 to retake the lead at 20-18 and force the Runnin' Bulldogs to call a timeout.

GWU ran off three straight points down the stretch to tie the score up at 22-22 on a Feldman service ace, however, just like in set two, the Lady Eagles finished the set out with three straight unanswered points to take their second straight 25-22 set win and the 3-0 match victory.

Evans posted a team-high 10 kills and 13 digs, while Feldman dished out 27 assists and tallied 12 digs in the three set loss.

Winthrop's Becca Toor totaled a match-high 12 kills on a .667 attack percentage, while setter Stephanie Palmer recorded 31 assists and six digs.

Gardner-Webb (9-18, 4-8 Big South) will return home to host the Liberty Lady Flames and the Radford Highlanders next weekend, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will wrap up their 2011 regular season slate at home in Paul Porter Arena.  GWU will host Liberty on Friday night at 7 p.m. and will then turn around to take on the Highlanders at 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Winthrop (18-7, 11-2 Big South) will play their final match of the regular season next Friday night, as the Lady Eagles will host Presbyterian College at 7 p.m. in Rock Hill, S.C.

Lady Flames Sweep High Point, 3-0, on Senior Day
Liberty avenged its lone Big South loss this season, sweeping High Point, 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) on Senior Day at the Vines Center.

The Lady Flames (16-11), winners of seven straight, maintain their lead in the Big South standings, at 11-1 in conference play. High Point falls to 6-20, 4-8 in Big South contests.

Liberty has now won 14 straight Big South home matches, including a 7-0 conference home mark in 2011.

High Point had beaten Liberty, 3-0, Oct. 7 in High Point, but Liberty reversed the story on Saturday.

The Lady Flames honored their four seniors prior to Saturday's match. The group, comprised of Courtney Boggs, Courtney Cooper, Kelly Haseman and Rebecca Warren, has posted an 86-43 record during their four seasons at Liberty.

The hosts hit .279 for the match in registering 47 kills, with five players posting eight or more kills. Liberty's hitting percentage on Saturday was its best in a Big South match this season. High Point connected at a .150 clip.

Haseman led all players with 21 digs, while fellow senior Boggs started and dished out 16 assists. Cooper recorded seven digs during her final home match.

Melissa Racz paced the Lady Flames, tying her career high with 12 kills while hitting an even .500. Erica Manor, Ansley Gebben, Lillie Happel and Loren Thomas registered eight kills apiece. Craycraft led the Lady Flames with 17 assists and added an ace.

Thomas posted three blocks, and she now holds the program single-season rally-scoring record with 131 blocks this season.

Kristin Heldt led the Panthers with 13 kills, while Lauren Bell paced all players with 32 kills. Molly Barlow registered 17 kills and Chelsea Davis collected 11 digs.

Liberty took control of set one early, building a 19-12 lead after 31 serves. Thomas reeled off five kills and two blocks during the Lady Flames' opening surge. The Panthers pulled to within five points, 23-18, but would get no closer. Gebben closed out the set with back-to-back kills to clinch the 25-18 set-one victory for the Lady Flames.

The Lady Flames hit .324 during the first set, scoring 14 kills, while High Point attacked at a .054 pace on the way to 12 kills. Thomas led all players with five kills and two blocks in the opening set, while Haseman collected seven digs.

Set two went back-and-forth throughout. The Lady Flames held a 14-12 lead after a Gebben kill, but High Point gained the lead at 18-15 with a 6-1 run that featured a pair of kills by Michelle Chakirelis.

With Liberty trailing, 20-17, Happel scored two kills, Craycraft served up an ace and Racz sent down a kill, as part of a 5-0 rally that gave the Lady Flames a 22-20 edge.

Heldt earned a kill to narrow the gap to one. Racz and Manor answered with kills to give Liberty set point at 24-21, and Racz clinched set two with a kill. Liberty took a 2-0 lead into intermission with a 25-22 win during set two.

During set two, Liberty sent down 17 kills, hitting .295, compared with a .216 attack percentage by the Panthers. Racz hit 6-for-11 in the second set, and Happel and Manor added four kills apiece. Heldt recorded six kills for High Point, and Chakirelis checked in with four kills.

Liberty broke open a tight third set with a 7-2 rally, taking a 17-12 lead. Gebben, Thomas Craycraft and Happel all contributed kills to Liberty's 7-2 run. Heldt scored a pair of kills in pulling the Panthers to within four, 20-16. Racz and Manor teamed up for a block, and then Racz earned a kill for a 22-16 advantage.

High Point drew to within three, 22-19, with a 3-0 run. The teams traded points for the remainder of the set, with Thomas tallying a kill for a 25-21 Lady Flames victory to seal the 3-0 sweep.

Liberty posted 16 kills in the final set, hitting .227, compared to 13 kills at .174 for High Point. Happel sent down a team-high four set-three kills, while Heldt had four kills as well. Haseman collected nine digs in the last session.

For the match, Liberty posted five blocks to High Point's two. High Point held a slim, 56-54, lead in digs, while both teams recorded two aces.

The Lady Flames will next compete at Gardner-Webb, Friday at 7 p.m., before finishing the regular season schedule with a 7 p.m. contest Saturday at UNC Asheville.

The Panthers return home for three matches at the Millis Center to close out the regular season. On Tuesday North Carolina Central will come to High Point for a 7 p.m. non-conference match.

Radford Holds on for 3-2 Senior Day Win Over Campbell
RADFORD, Va. - After cruising in the first two games, Radford held on for a 3-2 (25-15, 25-16, 10-25, 22-25, 15-10) victory over Campbell in Big South volleyball action Saturday afternoon at the Dedmon Center.
Prior to the contest, Radford honored seniors Carly Fleming (Manassas, Va. / Osbourn Park), Megan McWhorter (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic), Katelyn Meeks (Richmond, Va. / Mills Godwin), Yacine Meyer (Makawao, Hawai'i / Seabury Hall) and Leigh Myers (Baton Rouge, La. / The Dunham School).
The win moves the Highlanders to 13-14 overall and 7-5 in the league, while the Camels fall to 12-16 and 5-7.
Radford placed three in double figures led by Rachel Wiechecki's (Wilmington, Del. / Ursuline Academy) game-high 14 kills. McWhorter added 13 and Emily Hayes (Bartlett, Ill. / Bartlett) had 11. McWhorter, who was back on the floor after missing a majority of the season due to injury, also picked up 13 digs to finish with a double-double.
Freshman Rachel Brummitt (Plano, Texas / Plano West) led the Highlanders defensively with a match-high 25 digs.
Radford finished with 59 kills (.143) to the Camels 45 (.207).

In addition to connecting on .355 of their swings in the opener, the Highlanders raced out to a 10-3 lead and stretched it to as many as 13 (22-9) before taking game one, 25-15.
Game two wasn't much different as Radford led by double digits again before winning the frame, 25-16, and taking a 2-0 advantage into the break.

Wiechecki led all players at the half with nine kills, while Hayes contributed eight on just 14 attempts.
Behind a .500 attack percentage, Campbell rolled past the Highlanders 25-10 in the third to force a fourth game.
Trailing 17-10 in game four, Radford responded with a 10-2 spurt to go up, 20-19. After the two teams traded the next three points, the Camels scored four of the last five to extend the match to a fifth and decisive set.
In game five, the Highlanders raced out to a 5-1 advantage and never looked back on its way to a 15-10 triumph.
Jordan Reaves was the lone Camel to hit the 10-kill plateau with 10. Heather Wilson recorded 27 assists, while Campbell had three players tally double-figure digs.
Radford will conclude its regular season with a pair of road contests beginning with a 7 p.m. contest at UNC Asheville on Friday.

Lady Bucs Drop Final Home Match Of Season To Coastal Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. : In the final home game of the season, CSU falls to Big South rival Coastal Carolina (23-25. 25-25, 26-25, 25-20) in Charleston, S.C. on Nov. 5.

The Lady Bucs were led by Sydney Tracy's 14 kills, she was followed closely by Wynter Davis and Kayla Klinger who both had 13. In her final home game as a Buccaneer, senior Amy Nokes led with 28 assists and added six digs.  Laura Grace Swindler chipped in a career high 25 assists, while Ashley Higginbothem dug up 13. Erin LaVenice added eight kills and one block. For the match, CSU totaled 59 kills on 144 total attacks (.271), 58 assists, 58 digs and six total blocks.

The Chanticleers were led by Lian Bernett's 15 kills, Sam Skyrd's 44 assists and 11 digs by Lindsay Gill. CCU finished the match with 53 kills, 52 assists, and 52 digs.

Prior to the game, CSU honored parents and loved ones of the volleyball team, as well as senior setter Amy Nokes. Nokes has been a part of the CSU family for five years and is currently sitting 4th all time on the career assists list (2,419). Her 1042 assists during the 2010 season is the 7th best in CSU history.

With the loss, CSU moves to 5-23 overall and 1-11 in the Big South Conference. The 1-11 mark means the Lady Bucs will not make the Big South Tournament which will be held in Charleston, S.C. Nov.17-20.

CSU will end the season with two road games; facing off against Campbell (Nov. 11, 5 p.m.) and High Point (Nov. 12, 4 p.m.).

Coastal Carolina will return to the court on Friday, Nov. 11 as it travels to Campbell for a 5:00pm match.