ROCK HILL, S.C. - After dropping the first set of the match 25-16, the UNC Asheville volleyball team rallied for a 26-24 win in the second, a 25-20 win in the third and a 28-26 win in the fourth to defeat Big South Conference foe Winthrop on Friday evening at the Winthrop Coliseum.
"In the second set we were down 24-20, and then in the fourth we were down 24-19, and came back to win each set," said Asheville head coach Frederico Santos. "We came up with big plays when it was time for a big play."
With the victory the Bulldogs improve to 6-14 overall with a 2-2 mark in Big South play. The Eagles drop to 7-11 on the year while falling to 1-3 in league play.
Senior outside hitter Holly Shelton led all players with 16 kills in the match, with Anna Moore chipping in 15 to the Bulldogs' total. Christine Lakatos tallied 13 kills for Asheville, as Lakatos, Moore and Shelton combined for 44 of the Bulldogs' 51 kills.
Freshman setter Katie Davis recorded 41 assists directing the Asheville offense, while the Bulldogs' defense tallied 73 digs and 12.0 team blocks on the night.
Winthrop was led offensively by Jennica Mullins, who recorded 14 kills for the Eagles. Rachel Lenz posted 13 kills and Stephanie Palmer added 11 to Winthrop's total.
Palmer also tallied 29 assists, with Jessica Codato posting 17 as the two split time at setter.
The win for the Bulldogs was their second in a row over a Big South opponent, having taken down Liberty 3-2 last Saturday.
"I think we took another big step tonight, and hopefully we can keep it going through tomorrow," added Santos.
The Bulldogs will take on league opponent Presbyterian College tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. on the campus of the Blue Hose.