ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Emily Carlin and Yacine Meyer had 12 kills each as Radford downed UNC Asheville 3-0 in Big South Conference volleyball action Friday night at Justice Center. The Highlanders won the match, 25-21, 25-14, 25-21.
The Bulldogs (4-14, 0-2 BSC) were led by Holly Shelton with 10 kills and 11 digs. Meredith Foster contributed eight kills, while Anna Moore chipped in seven kills. Rachel Wells led the Asheville defense with 12 digs.
Radford's (10-8, 1-1 BSC) Katelyn Meeks led the Highlander defense with a game-high 16 digs. Meyer enjoyed a double-double with 10 digs. Setter Jena Braden had 22 assists and three service aces.
RU hit .356 for the match as it had 45 kills on 101 swings. The visitors made just nine attack errors in the match. Asheville hit .178 with 35 kills but had 16 errors on 107 attempts.
"Radford played very well tonight and deserved the victory," commented Bulldog coach Frederico Santos. "Our team just needs to forget about this match and get ready for Liberty tomorrow night."
The Bulldogs started out strong in the first set as they scored the first six points to lead 6-0. However, the visitors rallied and slowly crept back in the match. They used a 4-0 run to take the lead for good at 20-18 as RU won the opening set 25-21.
In the second set, the Highlanders led from start to finish as they built an early 8-3 and cruised to a 25-14 win.
The Bulldogs played better in the final set, but Radford behind four kills from Meyer built an early lead and continued to build on the margin. RU eventually led 21-14 and got the match to 24-18 before a spirited run by the home team got Asheville to 24-21. But a kill from Carlin gave the Highlanders their second straight win at Justice Center. RU had lost its previous eight trips to Asheville before winning in five sets here last year.
The 3-0 home loss marked the first time the Bulldogs had been beaten in three sets at home since the 2008 season when Liberty defeated Asheville in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament.
The Bulldogs host Liberty Saturday night at 6 p.m., while Radford travels to Gardner-Webb. That match starts at 2 p.m.