UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb, High Point and Coastal Victorious
UNC ASHEVILLE DEFEATS LIBERTY, 3-2 | BOX SCORE
Holly Shelton posted 20 kills, while Anna Moore added 17 kills and six blocks as UNC Asheville stunned Big South-leading Liberty in five sets Saturday night before a packed crowd at Justice Center. The Bulldogs won the match 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for Asheville (5-14, 1-2 BSC). Liberty had a six-game winning streak snapped as the Flames fell to 12-5 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Rachel Wells sparked the Bulldog defense with 19 digs, while freshman Bryn Pfeiffer finished with 14 digs and two service aces.
Freshman setter Katie Davis had 52 assists for the Bulldogs and six blocks. Christine Lakatos added nine kills.
Liberty was led by Caroline Douglas with 17 kills. Loren Thomas and Lillie Happel finished with 10 kills each. Happel chipped in 13 digs. Gabrielle Shipe contributed 17 digs for the Lady Flames. Allie Reynolds had 14 digs. Thomas had five blocks, including three block solos. Jade Craycraft had 44 assists and five blocks for LU.
Liberty used a late surge in the first set to take the first set 25-20. The Flames hit .316 in the opening game and got five kills from Douglas to take the set.
The Bulldogs roared back in the second set. With six kills from Moore and great blocking, Asheville surged to a 25-20 win to knot the match at 1-1.
In the third set, the Bulldogs led most of the way and built the lead to 18-13 and then 22-18 before the Flames stormed back. LU scored the final seven points of the set to grab a 2-1 lead. The Flames picked up four blocks in the run to stun Asheville for a 25-22 win.
But the young Bulldogs rallied back. Asheville dominated the fourth set most of the way and eventually built the lead to 24-14. Shelton had six kills in the set, while Lakatos contributed four kills. Liberty made the Bulldogs earn the 25th point as it scored four straight points to close to 24-18. However, Moore finished the set off with a kill to send the match into a fifth set.
Asheville took charge of the fifth set as it raced to a 10-4 lead. Shelton had three early kills. Liberty took two timeouts and quickly rallied and closed to 11-10 on a kill from Douglas. Leading 12-11, Moore had a crucial kill to push the lead to 13-11. The Bulldogs got a kill from Meredith Foster to pad the lead to 14-11. Shelton then finished the match with a kill to seal the upset win.
Santos also credited a rowdy Justice Center crowd for the victory.
The Bulldogs are back in action Friday night when they travel to Winthrop. The Lady Flames will conclude their non-conference schedule on Wednesday, when they travel to Richmond, Va., to take on VCU of the Atlantic-10 Conference at 7 p.m.
COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATS CAMPBELL, 3-2 | BOX SCORE
In a case of deja vu, the Coastal Carolina volleyball team once again came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat another Big South Conference rival Campbell University, 3-2. The Chants now sit at 3-1 in the Big South while holding a 5-8 overall record. The Camels' record fell to 0-3 in the BSC and 7-13 overall.
Freshman Gabriella Horvath once again led the way for the Chants with 21 kills and had just four errors while hitting .459 for the match. She added eight digs, a pair of blocks and a service ace. Fellow Hungarian and freshman Estzer Nagy chipped in 14 kills while having just two errors and hitting .444. Nagy also had four blocks.
Junior Kindra Bailey once again shut down the opposing hitters while picking up six blocks, nine kills and three service aces. Senior Jamie DiMaggio led the team with 22 digs while junior Sam Skryd added 12. Junior Lauren Alejo had a season-high 51 assists while adding three blocks.
The Chants hit .255 for the match including .424 in the third set which turned the match around for Coastal. The Camels hit just .187 and the Chants held them to just an .078 hitting percentage over the final three sets.
After falling in the first set 25-21 and the second set 25-23 the Chants once again turned the entire match around taking the third set in dominating fashion. Up 10-8 midway through the third set the Chants began a 12-3 run powered seven kills from Horvath to take an insurmountable 22-11 lead. Just a few points later a kill by Bailey gave the Chants their first set win of the match 25-13.
The fourth set looked like it would be another dominating win by the Chants when Coastal jumped out to an 18-10 lead. An 11-5 run by the Camels cut the Chants' lead to just two points at 23-21. A service error by the Camels gave the Chants their first set point of the period at 24-21. The Camels fought off one set point with a kill but Nagy came through on the next point to send the Chants to the fifth and deciding set, 25-22.
The fifth set was back-and-forth over the opening points but with the Chants up 11-10 a service error by Campbell gave Coastal a two-point lead and caused the Camels head coach to call a timeout. Heading out of the break the Chants rattled off two-straight points off a kill from Horvath and a service ace from Bailey to give Coastal its first match point of the day. The Camels fought off one match point but in fitting fashion Horvath ended the match with a kill giving Coastal its fourth fifth set victory over the past five matches.
Coastal has now played in eight five-set matches this season including the last five straight.
The Chanticleers will return to action this Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. as they travel to Lowcountry rival College of Charleston. The Camels return to action on Oct. 5 with a 7 p.m. matchup at Liberty. Campbell travels to Radford the following day for a 4 p.m. contest against Radford.
GARDNER-WEBB DEFEATS RADFORD, 3-1 | BOX SCORE
The Gardner-Webb volleyball team recorded 14 total blocks as a team, as the Runnin' Bulldogs defeated the Radford Highlanders 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in Paul Porter Arena.
Gardner-Webb took the first two sets 25-22 and 26-24, and after dropping the third set 18-25, the home team bounced back to dominate the fourth set at 25-17 and take the 3-1 match win.
With the win, GWU improves to 7-13 overall and 2-1 in Big South Conference play, while Radford falls to 10-9 and 1-2 in conference action with the loss.
Gardner-Webb was led by juniors Tyler Cockrell and Emily Holte, who posted 14 and 10 kills, respectively, while senior Dominique Bray suited up at libero and totaled a career-high 20 digs in the win. Setter Heather Feldman dished out a match-high 39 assists to go along with 13 digs, her eighth double-double of the season.
For the Highlanders, Emily Carlin led the way with 13 kills and 16 digs, while Yacine Meyer added 10 digs and 16 kills in the loss.
Radford started the match out strong, as the visiting Highlanders took a 7-2 lead out of the gates to force a GWU timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Runnin' Bulldogs fell behind by six at 8-2, and struggled to get back into the set until a 7-0 run, jump started by a Caroline Solano kill, pushed the home team back into the frame at 14-14.
After Radford retook the lead and held on to it for the next several possessions, Gardner-Webb refused to quit, but rather put together three straight points, including an ace from Bray, to take an 18-17 lead.
The score would be tied four more times over the rest of the set, however, the Runnin' Bulldogs refused to let go of the lead and used a 3-0 run, highlighted by kills from Solano and Amanda Murphy, to hold on for the 25-22 set one victory.
Again Gardner-Webb got off to a slow start in the second set, falling behind by two at 3-0 on back-to-back GWU errors, yet this time the home team battled back to take its first lead of the set at 5-4 on a Molly Rhyne kill.
The Highlanders would then use a 7-4 run, capped off by a kill by Meyer, to retake the lead at 12-9 and force a GWU timeout.
The resiliency of the Runnin' Bulldogs continued, as the home team scratched and clawed its way back into the lead at 15-14 on a Holte kill and once more at 17-16 on a Radford error.
The two teams' would continue to go back-and-forth until a 3-0 run by Gardner-Webb gave the home team a four point lead and set point at 24-20. However, two Meyer kills and two service aces by Emily Hayes of the Highlanders tied the set up once more at 24-24.
Refusing to shutdown, the home team picked up kills from Solano and Cockrell to take the second set 26-24 and push the Runnin' Bulldogs match lead to 2-0.
The third set was much like the first two, as Gardner-Webb allowed the Highlanders to run out to an early lead this time at 5-1.
Out of another early timeout by the Runnin' Bulldogs, the home team was unable to get its offense going, as Radford extended its lead to six at 12-6 on four straight points.
After a second GWU timeout, the Runnin' Bulldogs responded with a 5-0 run, which included a kill from both Erin Anderson and Tyra Montour, to cut the Radford lead to two at 13-11.
Yet that would be as close as the Runnin' Bulldogs would get, as the Highlanders outscored GWU 14-5 for the rest of the set to come away with a 25-18 set win and force a fourth set.
With a 2-1 match lead, GWU got off to a solid start in the fourth set, taking a 6-3 lead on a Cockrell kill.
After Radford tied the set up at 9-9 on a Carlin kill, the Runnin' Bulldogs used a 7-1 run to take a 16-10 lead midway through the set and forced a Highlander timeout.
The break did not slow down the home team, as Gardner-Webb used a 7-0 run, highlighted by blocks from Rhyne and Cockrell, en route to a 25-17 win and a 3-1 match victory.
Gardner-Webb dominated at the net, as the Runnin' Bulldogs posted a total of 14.0 team blocks, compared to the Highlanders 4.0.
Gardner-Webb will return to action next Friday night, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will hit the road to take on Presbyterian College at 7 p.m. in Clinton, S.C. Radford returns to the Dedmon Center for its next two matches as part of the Athletics Hall of Fame weekend. The Highlanders welcome High Point on Friday at 7:00 p.m., before clashing with Campbell on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
HIGH POINT DEFEATS CHARLESTON SOUTHERN, 3-0 | BOX SCORE
The High Point University volleyball team got double-digit kills from three players en route to a 3-0 win over Charleston Southern before a crowd of 1,190 on Saturday afternoon at the Millis Center. Senior Courtney Johnk led the team with 12 kills.
Johnk posted a match-high 12 kills and Jamie McDonald and sophomore Kristin Heldt tallied 10 kills each. Sophomore Chelsea Davis led the team with 17 digs and freshman Annemarie Chin came up with 16 digs.
High Point improves to 13-6 and 2-1 in the Big South with the win. Charleston Southern falls to 7-12 and 2-2 in league play.
Caity Farus slid out to the right side and put down a kill to give HPU a 9-8 lead in the first set. It sparked a three-point run for the Panthers that included an ace by Davis and a kill by Heldt. High Point maintained the lead for the duration of the set. CSU couldn't handle a tough serve from Annemarie Chin and sent the pass back over the net. McDonald slammed the ball down for a kill to bring up set point, 24-16. The Buccs committed an attack error to seal the win for HPU, 25-16.
The Panthers took a 7-6 lead in the second set on a kill by Heldt and slowly extended the lead throughout the frame. High Point sided out at 78 percent in the set and prevented the Buccaneers from going on any long runs to get back in the contest. High Point won the second set 25-18 to take a 2-0 lead in the match. McDonald had five kills on nine swings to pace the Panthers.
Charleston Southern stormed out to a 10-6 lead in the third set. The Panthers slowly climbed back in the set, tying it up 14-14 and 16-16 on kills by Farus. Johnk put the team on her back in the final plays with kills to give HPU the lead at 22-21 and 23-22. Meredith Parrott committed an attack error for CSU to bring up match point for the Panthers. On the final play Charleston Southern dished the ball out to Siraya Windsor but her attack was blocked by Farus and Maddie Simpson for the25-22 win.
Simpson finished the night with 35 assists, eight digs, three kills and two blocks. Farus recorded six kills and a .462 attack percentage along with two blocks.
The Panthers will head to Virginia next weekend for a pair of Big South games. On Friday HPU will play at Radford at 7 p.m. The Panthers will play defending-Big South Champion Liberty on Saturday at 2 p.m. Charleston Southern returns home next weekend as they welcome Coastal Carolina to the Buccaneer Field House on Friday, October 5th, for a Big South Conference match. First serve between the Buccaneers and the Chanticleers is set for 7 p.m.