ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville volleyball team starts a two-game Big South Conference road trip to South Carolina tonight when the Bulldogs travel to Winthrop for a 7 p.m. contest. Asheville plays at Presbyterian College on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Both matches will be video-streamed and can be seen under the multimedia tag at www.uncabulldogs.com.
The Bulldogs (5-14, 1-2 BSC) go into this weekend's matches on a high note after an exciting week on and off the floor. Asheville broke a six-game losing streak Saturday in a spectacular way as the Bulldogs outlasted defending Big South champion Liberty in five sets. A day after losing to Radford at home in three sets, Asheville bounced back with a thrilling victory.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs were forced to cancel practice when Vice President Joe Biden made a visit to Justice Center. The Vice President was so thankful that he met with the team for 45 minutes following his speech.
"It's been quite a week," declared Asheville coach Frederico Santos. "You don't get a chance to meet and talk with the Vice President of the United States every day. That was something all of us will remember for the rest of our lives.
"And we had a great win against Liberty last Saturday," added Santos. "I was proud of our team for bouncing back after a tough loss Friday against Radford to find a way to win on Saturday. We had great energy the entire match."
Asheville faces a tough road trip this weekend. The Bulldogs have won just once at Winthrop (7-10, 1-2 BSC) over the last 16 years. On Saturday, they'll face a Presbyterian College (5-13, 2-1 BSC) team that's playing its best volleyball of the season.
"We have two very tough matches this weekend, and that's going to be the case the rest of the year," admitted Santos. "Our league has incredible parity from top-to-bottom. We're going to have to be at our best in every match to have a chance at winning."
After this weekend, the Bulldogs will actually have a homestand. Asheville starts a three-game homestand at Justice Center on Oct. 12 against Gardner-Webb. The Bulldogs have played just three of their 19 matches at home this year.
- 1. UNC Asheville faces former Bulldog coach Julie Torbett tonight at Winthrop. Torbett was Asheville's head coach from 1994-2010 and won 303 matches as head coach. Also on Torbett's staff is last year's leading hitter for the Bulldogs, Cindi Miller. Miller was a first team All-Conference performer last year.
- 2. The Bulldogs are 2-1 in five-set matches this season.
- 3. Junior Anna Moore is seventh in the Big South in blocks (0.94), ninth in kills (2.52) and ninth in hitting percentage (.270).
- 4. Freshman setter Katie Davis is fifth in the Big South in assists (8.57).
- 5. Senior Holly Shelton is third in the league in kills (2.99)
- 6. Junior libero Alex Stewart is ninth in digs (2.98).