Radford, Winthrop, Liberty and PC Capitalize on Home Court Advantage

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RADFORD DEFEATS CAMPBELL, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

The Radford volleyball team rebounded nicely after Friday night's result by taking down Campbell, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-14), on Saturday evening inside the Dedmon Center.

The Highlanders improve to 11-10 overall, 2-3 in Big South play with the victory.  The Camels drop to 7-15 for the season and remain the only squad to not have a league win on its resume.

After her career-high 21 kills against High Point, Emily Carlin put down a match-high 10 kills Saturday to lead RU.  Christine Beckham (15) and Jena Braden (14) combined for 29 assists in the match.  Katelyn Meeks sparked the defensive efforts with a match-high 15 digs.

Kelsey Marek and Sam Zuber each registered six kills to pace the Camels.  Pia Holzgreve charted 10 digs, while Heather Wilson assisted on 15 attacks.

With the score tied at 4 early in the first frame, Radford went on a 5-0 run to distance itself from the visitors.  Campbell fought back and tied the set three more times before the Highlanders went on a 3-0 run to take a 21-18 advantage.  The Camels cut its deficit to one (22-21), but Radford claimed the next three points for the 25-21 set one victory.

The hosts doubled up Campbell, 10-5, in the early stages of the second stanza.  The visitors trimmed the Highlander lead to three (15-12), but RU quickly responded by scoring the next three points for an 18-12 edge.  The lead proved to be enough as the Highlanders seized the second set (25-18) and went into intermission ahead, 2-0, in the match.

Scoring the first five points in the third frame, Radford was well on its way to the squad's seventh sweep of the season.  Campbell rallied one last time, winning five of the next six points to pull within one (6-5).  Emma Deininger's kill on the next rally sparked a 10-0 run, which dashed any hope of a Camel comeback.  The Highlanders cruised in with a 25-14 decision in the third set to snatch the pivotal conference tilt.

Radford embarks on a three-game road swing beginning with a Tuesday contest in Greensboro, N.C. against North Carolina A&T.  The meeting with the Aggies, which is slated for 6:00 p.m., marks the final non-conference matchup for the Highlanders.  The next home match on the Campbell schedule is set for Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. inside Gore Arena Against Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. On Oct. 27, UNC Asheville plays the Camels at the John W. Pope, Jr., Convocation Center at 2 p.m.

WINTHROP DEFEATS GARDNER-WEBB, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

The Winthrop volleyball team snapped its losing skid Saturday with a 3-0 sweep over the Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb University.

Winthrop improved to 8-11 overall and 2-3 in the Big South with the victory while Gardner-Webb fell to 7-15 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

The first set was close throughout with Gardner-Webb always staying within striking distance, but couldn't mount a serious charge. The Eagles took the first set 25-19.

In the second set, Winthrop led by only one at 15-14 before going on a 9-0 run to open a 24-14 advantage and took the second set 25-16.

Winthrop was on cruise control early in the third set, jumping out to a commanding 11-1 lead.  The Eagles increased their lead to 21-8 before Gardner-Webb made a big 12-2 run to get within 23-20.  After a Winthrop timeout the Eagles dug deep to get the final two points to win 25-20.

Three Eagles tied for the team lead in kills with nine: Stephanie Palmer, Amy Zimmer and Jennica Mullins.  Palmer also added 23 assists and Catherine Brusie led the team with 15 digs.

Winthrop will continue with its home stand next Friday at 7 p.m. when the Eagles host the High Point Panthers.  The Runnin' Bulldogs will return to action next Friday night, as GWU will take on UNC Asheville on Friday night, October 12th, at 7 p.m. in Asheville, N.C.  Gardner-Webb defeated Asheville 3-1 back on September 21st in Boiling Springs, N.C.

LIBERTY DEFEATS HIGH POINT, 3-0 | BOX SCORE 

In a match between two teams that entered Saturday in a tie for the Big South lead, Liberty swept visiting High Point, 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-17) at the Vines Center.

Liberty is now 14-6, including 4-1 in conference play following its win over High Point.  The Lady Flames have won 17 straight home conference matches, and 10 home matches in a row overall.  High Point falls to 14-7, 3-2 in Big South matches after splitting this weekend's matches.

Liberty hit .254 in recording 41 kills, while High Point registered 38 kills at a .175 pace.  The Lady Flames outblocked the Panthers, 9-4, and served up seven aces to zero for High Point.  The Panthers held a 56-42 advantage in digs.

For the match, Loren Thomas paced the Lady Flames with 12 kills and added five blocks.  Jade Craycraft posted her second double-double in a row, with 29 assists and 10 digs, along with eight kills, four aces and five blocks.

Lillie Happel had nine kills in addition to 10 digs, while Caroline Douglas posted eight kills and Gabrielle Shipe collected nine digs.  Kendle Rollins tallied two blocks, giving her 260 career blocks and moving her into 10th place on Liberty's career blocks list.

Courtney Johnk sent down a match-high 13 kills for High Point.  Annemarie Chin recorded a match-high 13 digs, and Maddie Simpson dished out 25 assists for the visitors.

The Lady Flames quickly took control of set one, as a Happel kill made the score 18-13 in Liberty's favor.  High Point fought back to within one, 20-19, after Chelsea Davis recorded her fifth kill of the set.  Liberty pulled away to win the opening set, 25-22, with Thomas registering the final two points.

High Point hit .306 in tallying 17 kills during set one, while Liberty hit .300 with 15 kills. Johnk hit 6-for-7 in the first set, while Happel and Thomas both had four kills for the Lady Flames.

Liberty stormed out to a big lead in the middle stanza, and closed the set with a 7-1 rally on the way to a 25-14 victory.  The Lady Flames served up three aces in set two, and held the Panthers to a .033 hitting percentage.  Thomas and High Point's Johnk registered four kills apiece during the second frame.

The hosts led the third set from start to finish, winning 25-17.  The Lady Flames outscored High Point, 8-2, over the final 10 serves to seal the match sweep.  Liberty posted four blocks during set thee, with Thomas assisting on all four rejections and Craycraft assisting on three.  Thomas added four kills in set three, while Heldt tallied five set-three winners.

The Lady Flames next take a weekend trip to South Carolina to compete in two Big South Conference away matches. Liberty meets Charleston Southern on Friday at 7 p.m. before an 11:30 a.m. match at Coastal Carolina, Saturday.  High Point will travel to Rock Hill, S.C. on Friday for a 7 p.m. match at Winthrop.

PRESBYTERIAN DEFEATS UNC ASHEVILLE, 3-0 | BOX SCORE

The Presbyterian College volleyball team rolled to its second sweep in as many days and moved to 4-1 in the Big South Conference with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-21) blanking of visiting UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon.

PC improves to 7-13 on the year and 4-1 in league play, tied for the conference lead.  UNC Asheville falls to 6-15 and 2-3 in Big South action.

Leading the Blue Hose were Presley Mabrey with 14 kills and Rachel Hall with 13.  Ashtin Frank added 45 assists, while Mary Trimpe recorded 15 digs to lead PC and move into third place in program history in that category.

Christine Lakatos led the Bulldogs with nine kills, while Anna Moore added eight.

The Blue Hose led offensively with 48 kills, compared to 35 for Asheville.  PC came away with a .327 attack percentage, while the Bulldogs were at .194.

After a see-saw battle in the early goings of the first game PC found itself down 9-13 after UNC Asheville recorded two kills and capitalized on two PC attack errors, already leading 9-8.  The Blue Hose rallied off two service aces and a Hall kill, one of her team-leading six in the set, to tie the game at 14-14.

PC and UNC Asheville went back and forth the remainder of the game, with no team taking more than a one-point lead at a given time.  That changed after a 21-21 tie when Brown recorded a kill and Mabrey added an ace to take a 23-21 lead, forcing a Bulldog timeout.  Two PC attack errors later, one off an Asheville block, and the game was tied at 23-23.

Tied again at 24-24, Barman unloaded two straight kills to give PC the 26-24 game one win.

Tied 5-5 in game two, PC used three kills by Elizabeth Miler and a kill by Mabrey to open a 9-5 lead.  PC maintained a multiple-point margin until a kill by Holly Shelton made it a one-point, 11-12 game.  Asheville tied the game on several occasions and, tied 18-18, took a 20-18 lead off back-to-back kills.

The Bulldogs took the two-point lead again at 22-20 before PC retook the lead, utilizing kills from Mabrey and Hall to give the Blue Hose the 25-21 game two win.

Seven kills by the Blue Hose, including three by Hall, led PC to the early 10-6 lead in game three. Hall added two more as the home team used a 4-1 run and extend its lead to seven, 14-7.

Trailing 9-16, UNCA scored four straight, capitalizing on two kills by Shelton, to cut the deficit to three, 13-16.  A UNCA service error and attack error gave the Blue Hose a four point, 18-14 lead, however.  PC extended the lead to 19-15 off a Barman kill.

The Bulldogs made it a one-point, 20-21 game, before a Mabrey kill made it 22-20. Leading 23-21, PC took advantage of a kill by Brown and an ace by Trimpe, her third of the match, to take the 25-21 game and match.

The Blue Hose stay at home for their next two matches, beginning with a Friday night contest against Campbell at 7 p.m. before a Saturday night Homecoming tilt against High Point at 7.  The Bulldogs will be at home in the Justice Center for their next three matches, beginning with Gardner-Webb next Friday, Oct. 12. The match with the Runnin' Bulldogs is set to start at 7 p.m.