Radford, Winthrop and Campbell Serve Up Season Opening Wins


RADFORD DROPS NJIT, 21-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-19 | BOX SCORE

Sophomore Rachel Wiechecki notched her eighth career double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs to lead the Radford volleyball team to a 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-19) win over New Jersey Institute of Technology on Friday evening in the Highlanders' season opener.
Jesse Miedema  posted a team-high attack percentage of .400 with eight kills, while Emma Deininger hit at a .333 clip with seven kills, to go along with seven blocks.  Making her first appearance in a Radford uniform, Cheyanne James was one kill shy of a double-double after her 9-kill, 12-dig performance.
Jena Braden 
dished out a team-high 18 helpers, while Christine Beckham had 11 assists for the Highlanders (1-0).
Janet Snell (10) was the lone NJIT Highlander to reach double digits in kills, while Renata Pandolfo recorded a team-high 13 digs.
Radford allowed NJIT (0-2) to hit at a .314 clip in the first game.  After Wiechecki put down a kill to tie the game at 19, NJIT went on a 4-0 spurt that provided enough separation for the home side to win the first game.
Tied 6-6 in the second game, a Camilla Tinari service error sparked a 13-3 run for the Highlanders, which allowed Radford to go on to square the match at one game apiece.  RU hit .296 in the second frame, while holding NJIT to a .098 ledger.
Trailing 3-1 in the third stanza, the Highlanders scored the next six points to take a 7-3 advantage early on.  After a Deininger kill made the score 13-9, Radford closed the game on a 12-4 run to go ahead 2-1 in the match.  The Highlanders attacked at a match-high .345 percentage, while keeping NJIT at a dismal .000 mark.
A tightly contested fourth game was quickly blown open when a Miedema attack found the floor to ignite a 10-0 surge, putting Radford ahead 15-5.  NJIT got within 21-16, but the Highlanders slammed the door by claiming four of the next seven points to win the match.

RADFORD DEFEATS ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.), 25-18, 25-15, 25-22 | BOX SCORE

Led by a trio who combined for 24 kills, Radford finished the first day of 2012 competition unbeaten following a 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-22) win over St. Francis (N.Y.) in the nightcap of the SFC Terrier Invitational.
The tournament host was coming off a five-game heart-breaking loss to Rider Friday morning.  Radford made quick work of the Terriers in its second of back-to-back matches.  RU led by as many as eight in the first game, while attacking at a .326 clip.
The second stanza turned out to be even more lopsided, as the Highlanders (2-0) raced out to a 10-5 lead.  Radford pushed its advantage to as many as 11, before claiming the game by a 10-point spread.
St. Francis showed resiliency in the third game as it was determined to not go down in straight sets to the Highlanders.  The Terriers built an 8-6 lead early on, but a Cheyanne James kill capped a 5-0 spurt that put RU in the driver's seat, 11-8.  St. Francis clawed back and eventually reclaimed the lead at 19-17, but the Highlanders won eight of the final 11 points to take their first season sweep.
Emma Deininger, Jesse Miedema and Rachel Wiechecki each totaled eight kills in the contest for the Highlanders.  After her double-double against NJIT, Wiechecki flirted with a triple-double against the Terriers, adding 16 digs and seven service aces to her kill total.  In addition to her 14-dig performance in the first match, the sophomore accounted for 30 digs on the opening day.
Jena Braden and Christine Beckham combined for 35 handouts in a match taking just under two hours to play.
St. Francis was led by sophomore Jillian Tracey, who had eight kills and freshman Maggie Niu added seven more, while hitting a team-high .538 from the floor.

Freshman setter Kelly O'Halloran recorded a team-high 17 assists, while junior Slavica Stefanovic chipped in with a team-best eight digs.
Radford looks to continue its winning ways when it faces 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Maryland Eastern Shore at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

WINTHROP DEFEATS HAMPTON, 25-20, 19-25, 12-25, 25-21, 15-11 | BOX SCORE

The Winthrop volleyball team pulled out a thrilling five-set victory Friday in its season-opening match over the Hampton University Pirates in the 2012 North Carolina Central Volleyball Invitational.

Winthrop came out very strong to start the first set, jumping out to a 7-1 lead.  Hampton fought back to get within three at 12-9, but a 6-3 run by the Eagles, opened an 18-12 advantage.  Winthrop was able to hold off a late charge from the Pirates to take the first set 25-20.

The Eagles were unable to find a rhythm in the second set.  Neither team was able to gather a real edge before Hampton took a slim 18-15 lead.  Winthrop got back within 20-19 before the Pirates took the last five points to take the second set 25-19.  Hampton took the momentum of its second-set victory into the third as it rolled over the Eagles 25-12 to take a 2-1 set lead.

Winthrop was not going away quietly as the Eagles forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-21 fourth-set victory.  After an even opening 20 points of the fourth set, Winthrop opened a slim 18-14 lead and once again staved off a Pirate attack to take the fourth set.

Hampton came out the aggressor to start the fifth set, taking an early 7-4 lead, but the young Winthrop team persevered to come back and tie the set at 9-9.  The two teams remained tied at 11-11, before the Eagles took the final four points of the match behind the serve of sophomore Jennica Mullins.

Winthrop was led by junior Stephanie Palmer who finished the match with a triple-double with 13 kills, 26 assists and 10 digs.  Senior Carolyn Weed led the Eagles with 17 kills while sophomore Catherine Brusie finished with 17 digs.  Sophomore Jessica Codato had a stellar night defensively, totaling three solo blocks and three block assists.

The Eagles hit .262 for the match with 55 kills, 50 assists, 12 service aces, 63 digs and eight team blocks.  Hampton finished with a .270 hitting percentage with 59 kills, 51 assists, 61 digs and three team blocks.

The Eagles will return to the court for two matches on Saturday, beginning with a 2:30 p.m. contest against the Bradley Braves while finishing the tournament with a 5:30 p.m. match against the host Eagles of N.C. Central University.

CAMPBELL DEFEATS EAST CAROLINA, 25-22 31-33, 25-20, 20-25, 17-15 | BOX SCORE

The Campbell volleyball team knocked off host East Carolina, 3-2 (25-22 31-33, 25-20, 20-25, 17-15), on Friday night at Mingles Coliseum to open the 2012 campaign.  Junior middle blocker Lindsey Coats registered career-bests in block assists with nine, the fifth most in school history, and kills with 16, while posting a .375 hitting pct.

The contest went back and forth as East Carolina responded to each Campbell rally, which led to 51 ties and 19 lead changes.

It all came down to the wire in the fifth set with freshman middle blocker Sam Zuber on the service line just missing an ace that lead to a block, putting the Camels up, 16-15.  The next play was an error by the Pirates that ended the contest as Campbell took seven of the final eight points.

Junior setter Heather Wilson  tallied her eighth career double-double with 39 assists and 10 digs.  The offense flowed as sophomores outside Jessica Groen posted 15 kills with a .409 attacking pct. and right side Brooke Kelley added 12 kills.

Passing was the key to the contest in fueling the Camels offense as three players – freshman libero Lauren Bewick, junior outside Chelsea Pachoud and Wilson – achieved 10 digs each.  Bewick led the back row by digging up 15 attacks.

Campbell recorded 17 blocks, the seventh most in program history, and the highest total since posting 20 at Lipscomb on Oct. 13, 2006.  Seven players contributed to the effort including five block assists by senior middle blocker Kelsey Marek  and sophomore outside Loren Thomas.

The Pirates had a tough time hitting through the block as the Camels forced their opponents to commit 51 mistakes leading to a .137 attacking pct.

The second set, a 33-31 loss, was the first time that Campbell hit the 30-point plateau since a 31-29 set one victory against Elon on Sept. 17, 2010.

This is just the eighth time that the Camels have opened the season with a win.  The team returns to court on Saturday to conclude the East Carolina Classic with matches against Charlotte and Bethune Cookman starting at 11 a.m.


Liberty swept the host North Carolina Central Eagles (25-20, 25-15, 25-18) on Friday, hitting .438 to secure the Lady Flames' first win of the 2012 season.

With the win, the Lady Flames even their season record at 1-1 entering the second day of the North Carolina Central Tournament.  NCCU is now 0-2 after falling to UNCG and Liberty on Friday.

Friday's win gave ninth-year Liberty Head Coach Shane Pinder his 150th career victory.  He is the sixth head coach in Big South history, and second at Liberty, to reach 150 career coaching wins.

Liberty hit .438 (35-7-64) on the evening, compared to .240 for the Eagles.  The Lady Flames totaled 13 aces, to NCCU's seven.  Liberty served up 13 aces in both matches on Friday, the first time the team recorded double-digit aces in back-to-back matches since Oct. 22-23, 2010.

Loren Thomas
tallied seven kills on as many swings, leading a balanced attack that also featured six kills each from Lillie Happel and Jade Craycraft.  Craycraft led the Lady Flames with 21 assists and added two aces, while Gabrielle Shipe paced Liberty with 10 digs and three aces.

Christine Anthony earned a match-high 14 kills, while Melissa Rabell Pineiro led all players with 24 assists.

Set one was tightly-contested at the outset, producing a 10-10 score in the middle stages.  Craycraft scored four out of Liberty's first 10 points on kills from the setter position, and Caroline Douglas added a pair of early kills.  The Lady Flames went on a 6-1 rally to take a 20-14 lead, getting kills from Thomas and Craycraft along with two blocks.  An error by the Eagles made it 22-16, leading to an NCCU timeout.  After NCCU fought off two set-point chances, a Thomas kill ended the set, 25-20, in Liberty's favor.

The Lady Flames connected at a scorching .632 clip during the opening set, compared to .292 for NCCU.  Craycraft sent down five kills in set one, while four Eagles had three kills apiece.

Liberty started quickly in set two, racing to a 9-4 lead.  Thomas and Ansley Gebben both earned two kills and the Lady Flames registered two blocks during the early going.  Shipe served up three straight aces, stretching Liberty's advantage to 10, at 16-6.  The Eagles inched back into the set, as back-to-back aces made it 17-10.  The Lady Flames cruised to the finish, winning 25-15, as Haley Jeffcoat tallied the set-winning kill.

Liberty hit .333 in set two, to .233 for the Eagles.  Anthony led all players with eight set-two kills.

The Eagles rallied to tie set three at 7-all, as an NCCU ace capped a four-point spurt.  Jeffcoat broke the tie with a kill, followed by a Happel kill.  The hosts led briefly, 11-10, after a 3-0 Eagles run.  Trailing 17-14, the Eagles drew even at 17-17 before Jeffcoat scored kills on successive NCCU serves to give Liberty a 19-18 advantage.  The Lady Flames tallied the final six points of the match while Jeffcoat served, wrapping up a 25-18 win and 3-0 match victory.

Liberty concludes its participation at the North Carolina Central Tournament tomorrow, facing Elon at 2:30 p.m.


The Coastal Carolina volleyball team opened its 2012 campaign with a 3-0 loss to Clemson University at the Big Orange Bash.  The Chanticleers fell in straight sets by scores of 25-18, 25-15 and 25-12.  CCU was led by sophomore Katie Martin who had seven kills on just 10 attacks.  The match marked the first stint on the CCU sideline for head coach Jozsef Forman.

Sophomore Lian Bernett added six kills and four digs to the Chants’ effort.  Junior captain Lauren Alejo and junior Sam Skryd split time at setter with each tallying 11 assists.  Senior Jamie DiMaggio led the team in digs with nine.

Clemson was led by Moneshia Simmons who tallied 13 kills while Kristin Faust added 10.

CCU struggled offensively hitting just .115 as a team while the Tigers tallied a .373 attack percentage.  The Chants also gave up seven service aces while striking for just two of their own.

Coastal’s best set of the match came in the opening stanza as the Chants hit .241 and had just four errors but the Tigers would not be out done as they hit .367 and had five errors.

Clemson jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead in the opening set and CCU was never able to recover.  The Chants were able to cut the Tigers lead to just four late in the set but a 3-0 run ended CCU’s hope for a comeback as the Tigers took set one 25-18.

Coastal took the early lead in set two as freshman Eszter Nagy opened the game with a kill off an assist from Alejo.  With the Chants holding a 9-8 lead the Tigers began an 8-3 run to take a 16-12 lead.  Coastal would score just three more points the rest of the set as the Tigers took set two, 25-15.

The third set began much like the second with the Chants taking the early lead on a kill by Bernett and a service ace from Skryd. After the Tigers tied it up at two a pair of Clemson errors gave the Chants another two-point lead.  A quick 5-0 run by the Tigers put Coastal in a 7-4 hole which the Chants would never climb out of.  The Tigers went on to claim the match with a 25-12 third set victory.

Coastal will return to action tomorrow morning as the Chants take on Xavier University in CCU’s second match of the Big Orange Bash in Clemson, S.C. at 10 a.m. CCU will also battle South Carolina State tomorrow at 4 p.m.


The Gardner-Webb volleyball team dropped its first match of the season on Friday night, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs fell in straight sets (25-8, 25-20, 25-20) to the Cardinals of Ball State on day one of the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Senior right side hitter Carolina Solano and junior middle blocker Tyler Cockrell led the way for GWU with seven kills apiece, while sophomore setter Heather Feldman posted a team-high 21 set assists to go along with seven digs in the loss.

GWU freshman libero Anna Pashkova posted a team-high nine digs in her collegiate debut, while fellow newcomer Tyra Montour posted three kills and a block assist in the loss.

2012 West Division Preseason All-Mid-American Conference Team honoree Kara Bates paced the Cardinals with a match-high 15 kills and a .429 attack percentage, while setter Jacqui Seidel posted a double-double of 29 assists and 10 digs in the win.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs came out of the gates flat, as the Cardinals pounced on the visitors by jumping out to a 7-0 leadwith the help of three GWU attack errors in the first set.

After a Ball State service error put the Runnin’ Bulldogs on the scoreboard, GWU struggled to get back into the opening set, falling behind 18-4 on a kill by the Cardinals’ Lisa Scott which forced head coach Leo Sayles and GWU to call their second timeout of the frame.

Down the stretch, Gardner-Webb picked up a service ace from Feldman and a kill by junior middle blocker Amanda Murphy, yet failed to slow down the high-powered Ball State offense to take a 25-8 loss to start the match.

In the second set, the Runnin’ Bulldogs put together a trio of points, highlighted by a kill from Solano, to knot the score up at 3-3 to start the set.

The two teams went back-and-forth over the next several rallies until a kill by GWU’s Cockrell jump started a 3-0 run by the visitors, who pulled out to an 8-5 lead over the Cardinals.

A kill by Feldman and an attack error by Ball State put GWU in front by one at 11-10; however, four straight kills by Bates, Kylee Baker and Mindy Marx put the home team in front by three at 14-11.

After a GWU timeout, Ball State added back-to-back points right out of the break to push its lead to five at 16-11.  Yet the Runnin’ Bulldogs refused to quit, running off a trio of points once more to battle their way back into the set at 16-14.

Gardner-Webb would cut the Ball State lead to two at 18-16 on a service ace by Montour, at 19-17 on another kill from theleft arm of Solano and at 22-20 on a Cardinal attack error, yet struggled to retake the lead in the set as Ball State held on for the 25-20 set win.

Down 2-0 heading into the third set, GWU’s Solano opened the frame up with a kill to put the Runnin’ Bulldogs in front at 1-0 from the start.  However, the set would be closely contested throughout the early stages, as there were threelead changes and eight ties until a service ace by Feldman put the visitors in front by one at 12-11.

The back-and-forth set continued as the score would be knotted up at 12-12 and 13-13 before Ball State answered with three straight points to pull out to a 16-13 lead on a kill by Scott and force a GWU timeout.

Out of the break, GWU’s Erin Anderson recorded a kill to cut the Ball State lead to two at 16-14, however, Ball State refused to relinquish the lead, pulling out in front by as much as five on three different occasions.

Down 22-17, the Runnin’ Bulldogs received two kills by Montour down the stretch, yet it would prove to be too little too late, as Ball State again defeated GWU 25-20 and earned the 3-0 match win.

For the match, Ball State posted 38 kills to the Runnin’ Bulldogs 24, and also held an advantage in team attack percentage as GWU totaled 24 attack errors on the night.

Gardner-Webb (0-1) will return to action tomorrow afternoon, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs will take on Illinois State (0-1) at 1:30 p.m. and VCU (1-0) at 4:30 p.m. on the second day of the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

PRESBYTERIAN FALLS TO SEATTLE, 15-25, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25 | BOX SCORE

After dropping the first two games to Seattle, the Presbyterian College volleyball team fought back to win the third game before falling in the fourth by just three points, as the Redhawks took the 3-1 (15-25, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25) win in the opening game of the UniWyo Wyoming Invite being held Aug. 24-25 in Laramie, Wyo.  It was the season-opener for both teams.

A one and two point deficit throughout the early stages of the first game turned in to a 13-9 lead for Seattle before the Blue Hose fought back to tie it up at 13 apiece.  PC mustered just two points the remainder of the game, as the Redhawks used a 12-2 run to close with the 25-15 win.

Down 13-19 in the second game, PC capitalized on two Seattle miscues and back-to-back kills by Elizabeth Miler to cut the margin to 17-19.  The Redhawks were able to maintain at least a three-point advantage the remainder of the game and came away with the four-point 25-21 win in game two.

Tied 14-14 in the third game, The Blue Hose used four kills by Presley Mabrey and two by Kelly Berryman to open up a 23-17 lead, which was capped off by a 5-0 run.  Seattle cut the margin to 23-19, before PC came back to take the eventual 25-21 win.

PC fell early in the fourth game, down by as much as seven, 4-11, and five, 12-17 by the midway point.  The Blue Hose took advantage of five Seattle errors and a kill by Allison Brown to tie the game at 18-18.  PC tied the game again at 19-19 off a kill by Rachel Hall before Seattle took the lead for good off back-to-back kills to make it 21-19.  Hall cut the margin to one, 20-21, with a kill but that would be as close as the Blue Hose would get as the Redhawks took the next four of six points for the 25-22 win.

Leading the Blue Hose offensively were Mabrey with 12 kills and Brown with 10.  Ashtin Frank picked up 36 assists, while Mary Trimpe added 14 digs.  As a team the Blue Hose connected on 41 kills, but 36 errors for a .039 hitting percentage.  PC had nine total blocks, with on block solo.

Seattle was led by Sarah Jaeckel with 11 kills and Karina Miastkowska with 10.  The team ended with 44 kills and just 24 errors for a .165 hitting percentage.


Wyoming posted a hitting percentage close to 30 percent while holding the Presbyterian College volleyball team to under 10 percent en route to a 3-1 win in first day action of the UniWyo Wyoming Invite being held Aug. 24-25 in Laramie, Wyo.

PC drops to 0-2 on the young season while Wyoming goes to 1-0.

Wyoming led off the first game with a 7-0 run before the Blue Hose got on the board off a Cowgirl error to make it 7-1.  Wyoming continued its dominance, increasing its lead to 10 at 12-2 before PC staged a small comeback, posting key blocks and a kill by Ashtin Frank and Rachel Hall to cut the margin to 12-7.  PC wouldn't get any closer as Wyoming, up 15-9, went on a 10-0 run to take game one, 25-9.

The second game saw much of the same as the Cowgirls building an early 10-1 lead.  PC cut the deficit to 12-6 before Wyoming used a 13-3 run to win 25-9.

Down 15-10 in the third game, PC rattled off a 9-1 run, capitalizing on kills by Kelly Berryman, Allison Brown Frank and Hall, to erase the five point deficit and take a 19-16 lead.  Wyoming cut the lead to one at 20-19, but kills by Frank and Elizabeth Miler helped PC put the game away by the eventual 25-20 margin.

Andrea Barman started game four with back-to-back kills to give PC the early 2-0 lead.  Two Blue Hose miscues erased the lead, however.  Wyoming continued its run to take a 10-4 lead.  Kills by Miler and Berryman helped the Blue Hose make it a three-point game, 12-9.  Up 14-12, the Cowgirls used a 15-2 run to end the game, 25-14, and take the 3-1 match.

Barman led the Blue Hose with seven kills, with Hall and Frank following with five apiece.  Frank had 20 assists, with Mary Trimpe posting 17 digs.  Jodi Purdy led Wyoming with 13 kills.

The Cowgirls totaled 51 kills and had just 17 errors for a .293 hitting percentage.  PC recorded 28 kills and 23 errors for a .046 hitting percentage.

PC continues tournament action Saturday, Aug. 25th, taking on Eastern Washington at 11 a.m. and San Francisco at 7 p.m.  Both games are Eastern Time.

UNC ASHEVILLE DOWNED BY ETSU, 25-17, 25-14, 17-25, 21-25, 10-15 | BOX SCORE

Holly Shelton posted a career-best 19 kills as the UNC Asheville volleyball team was edged by ETSU, 3-2 Friday morning in the opening game of the season at the Gamecock Invitational.

The Bulldogs won the first two sets, 25-17, 25-14 but the Lady Bucs rallied to win the next three sets, 25-17, 25-21 and 15-10.

Junior Anna Moore had 14 kills and eight blocks for Asheville. Freshman Christine Lakatos had eight kills and eight digs.  Freshman setter Katie Davis had 45 assists and nine digs.  Rachel Wells led the defense for the Bulldogs with 11 digs.

UNC ASHEVILLE FALLS TO AKRON, 23-25, 17-25, 25-20, 21-25 | BOX SCORE

Akron was able to win a close first set and then hold off a determined UNC Asheville comeback as the Zips defeated the Bulldogs, 3-1 in the Gamecock Invitational Friday afternoon.

Akron won the first set 25-23 as the Zips scored the final two points of the set to take the early lead.  They won the second set, 25-17.  Asheville roared back to win the third set, 25-20.  In the fourth set, Akron held off several Bulldog charges to win, 25-21.

Holly Shelton led Asheville with 12 kills, while freshman Christine Lakatos added 11 kills and eight digs.  Rachel Wells sparked the Bulldog defense with 17 digs.  Alex Stewart chipped in 12 digs.  Freshman setter Katie Davis had 25 assists and eight digs. 

Asheville (0-2) had a tough day hitting as it made 28 attack errors. The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday with two matches. They'll face Temple at 10 a.m., followed by a match with South Carolina at 8 p.m.


Wynter Davis and Meredith Parrott led the attack as the Charleston Southern volleyball team began the 2012 season at the Georgia Tech Courtyard Invitational on Friday afternoon in O’Keefe Gymnasium.  However, led by the Cailin Bula’s 12-kill performance, Southern Methodist topped the Buccaneers in straight sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-15.

Freshmen Siraya Windsor and Katrina Houston made their debut in the CSU (0-1) lineup in the Buccaneers’ first action on the season, recording four kills apiece under Head Coach Al Givens, while Sydney Tracy also added four kills as the Buccaneers fell to the Mustangs (1-0) to open the season.

Tracy opened up the 2012 season for the Buccaneers with the first kill of the match as the two teams battled evenly throughout the first set.  SMU snapped a 6-6 tie on back-to-back kills by Courtney Manning and Caroline Young added a point to give the Mustangs their first lead of the match.

The lead grew to four points at 15-11 on a block by Bula and Maddie Lozano, but the Buccaneers rallied back, bringing the set back to within one point at 17-16 as Erin LaVenice and Tracy combined for a block, and LaVenice put one home off the assist from Laura Grace Swindler.  However, SMU rallied to score seven consecutive points to close out the 25-17 set victory.

In the second set, SMU scored the first eight points of the frame and 16 of the first 19 to take a commanding lead early.  Windsor and Parrott had three kills apiece in the set for the Buccaneers as Charleston Southern attempted to rally back, but a kill by Lozano closed the frame in the Mustangs’ favor, 25-15.

The final frame was a close affair through the first 20 points as CSU was led by back-to-back service aces by Tracy, as well as a pair of Davis’ kills, but SMU used a 5-0 run backed by three aces by Carla Armstrong to build a 15-10 lead as the Mustangs’ closed out the three set win, 25-15.

Davis and Parrott led CSU with five kills apiece in the match as the Buccaneers hit .133 as a team in the contest.  Swinder and Kirsten Struksness added nine set assists apiece, while Ashley Higgenbothem led the way defensively with five digs in the match.  Davis led the team at the net defensively, contributing one solo block and three block assists as the Buccaneers recorded seven team blocks in the match.

The Buccaneers continue at the Georgia Tech Courtyard Invitational tomorrow morning when CSU takes on host Georgia Tech at O’Keefe Gymnasium at 10:30 a.m.  Charleston Southern will close out the two-day event on Saturday afternoon against Cal State Fullerton, with match time set for 4:30 p.m.


The High Point University volleyball team opened the 2012 season with a loss to UNC Wilmington at the UNCW Courtyard Wilmington Beach Bash on Friday night in Hanover Gym.  Senior Courtney Johnk led the team with 12 kills and sophomore Chelsea Davis came up with 10 digs in the 3-0 (23-25, 17-25, 16-25) loss.

Johnk finished the match with 12 kills and three blocks for the Panthers.  Davis had eight kills and two blocks to go along with her team-high 10 digs.  Sophomore Caity Farus put up six blocks and freshman Annemarie Chin added eight digs.

Davis had a service ace to give HPU an 18-17 lead in the first set.  Christi Laite answered with a kill to tie the set and an attack error by the Panthers gave UNC Wilmington its first lead of the match.  The Seahawks held the lead and jumped out to a 24-20 advantage.  The Panthers fought off three set points with a kill from Davis and a block by Johnk and Farus to make it a 24-23 game.  Laite put down her seventh kill of the frame to secure the 25-23 win for the Seahawks.

In the second set HPU took another early lead, 4-1, before UNC Wilmington rallied back to tie it up at 5-5.  Jennifer Mallard gave UNCW the lead with a kill and the Seahawks led the rest of the set on the way to a 25-17 win.

The Seahawks maintained momentum in the third set and held off the Panthers for a 25-16 win.  Laite led UNCW with 12 kills and 10 digs and Morgan Kline chipped in 10 kills.

High Point will continue the tournament on Saturday morning with a 10:30 a.m. match against Long Island University.  The Panthers will then face Delaware State in the final match of the weekend at 5 p.m.

LIBERTY DEFEATED BY UNC GREENSBORO, 25-15, 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 23-25 | BOX SCORE

After Liberty took a 2-0 match lead, UNCG rallied to win the next three sets for a 3-2 (15-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-13) victory over Liberty, Friday at the North Carolina Central Tournament.

The Spartans move to 2-0 on the season, while the Lady Flames are 0-1 heading into their 6:30 match against North Carolina Central.  Prior to Friday's setback, Liberty had won its last 11 five-set matches in a row.

For the match, UNCG hit .247, to .224 for Liberty, holding a slim, 63-62 lead in kills.  The Lady Flames served up 13 aces, compared to two for the Spartans.  UNCG outblocked Liberty, 7-3.  Liberty's 13 aces were its most since totaling a program-record 18 aces against Gardner-Webb, Oct. 26, 2010.

Redshirt freshman Caroline Douglas, making her first career start, led all players with 19 kills, hitting .548.  Lillie Happel recorded her 20th career double-double, with 15 kills and 16 digs.  Jade Craycraft dished out 42 assists and added 13 digs.

For UNCG, Kerrian Chambers led with 17 kills, followed by Lauren Betlach with 16 kills.  Kellie Orewiler paced all players with 24 digs, while Ari Lysacek totaled a match-high 44 assists to go with 12 digs.

The Lady Flames and Spartans traded rallies early in the opening set, before Liberty used a 12-5 rally to turn a 5-5 score into a 17-10 lead.  Douglas, Loren Thomas, Happel and Craycraft tallied two kills apiece during Liberty's early surge.  Happel served up the Lady Flames' fourth ace of the set to give the team a 20-11 lead.  Craycraft sent down a kill for a 23-12 advantage, and Liberty won set one, 25-15.

Douglas sent down three kills during a 5-0 run that gave Liberty a quick 5-1 lead in set two.  UNCG battled back into the lead at 10-9 on a kill by Lysacek that capped an 8-4 rally.  Happel earned a pair of kills for the next two sideouts before the Spartans scored consecutive points for a 13-11 edge.  Liberty regained the advantage with a pair of Happel kills that made it 17-15.  The Lady Flames earned set point, 24-20, on an ace by Haraf.  UNCG then notched three straight kills before Ansley Gebben recorded a kill for the winning point, at 25-23.

UNCG built an early 13-4 lead in the third set, on the strength of a 6-0 run.  A Haley Jeffcoat ace narrowed the deficit to six, 13-7, and Liberty drew to within five at 15-10 on a UNCG miscue that capped a 6-2 Lady Flames' rally. Happel served up an ace to make it 20-14, drawing a UNCG timeout.  Douglas and Rollins sent down back-to-back kills to close the gap to 20-17 with a five-point rally.  A Spartans service error set the score at 22-20 before a pair of Betlach kills ended the set, a 25-21 UNCG win that extended the match to a fourth session.

The Lady Flames overcame a 6-2 deficit, tying set four at 9-9 on an attack error by UNCG.  Douglas gave Liberty a 10-9 lead with a kill before the Spartans tied the score, 11-11 on a block.  A pair of UNCG kills sent them ahead, 15-13, leading to a Liberty timeout.  Gebben earned a kill out of the timeout before the Spartans extended their lead to 17-14.  Liberty scored the next three points, as a Jeffcoat ace tied it at 17-all.  A 3-0 UNCG rally gave the Spartans a 21-18 edge.  Chambers made it 23-20 with a kill, and Douglas responded with a kill of her own, before UNCG held on for a 25-22 win.

After an early 3-1 edge by Liberty, UNCG staged a 4-0 run to take a 5-3 lead in the fifth set.  Happel then made it 5-4 with a back-row kill.  Morgan Freeman earned a kill for an 8-6 edge at the changeover. Sidney made a block to set the score at 10-6.  A Kendle Rollins kill ended UNCG's three-point run, followed by a kill from Happel and an ace by Craycraft before Liberty tied it at 10-10.  A Betlach kill, the second of six rally points, pushed the score to 11-10, UNCG.  Olivia Humphries sent down a kill for match point, 14-13, and the Spartans won, 15-13, completing the comeback on a kill by Betlach.