ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville volleyball team is back on the road tonight when the Bulldogs travel to Gardner-Webb for a key Big South Conference battle starting at 7 p.m.
Friday’s match between the Bulldogs and Runnin’ Bulldogs can be seen for free via the Big South Digital Network under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
Asheville (13-8, 3-2 BSC) will bring a three-game winning streak into Gardner-Webb tonight. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are playing well, too. GWU has a 12-11 worksheet and 3-2 mark in league play. Both teams are in a five-way tie for second place, one game behind league Radford (4-1) and a game in front of three other teams.
“As I’ve said from the start of the year, the Big South Conference is as balanced as I’ve ever seen it,” commented Bulldog coach Frederico Santos. “This is really a year just about anybody can win the tournament. Every match is crucial and tonight is no exception.”
The teams have already played once back on Sept. 27 at Justice Center with the Bulldogs winning a hard-fought 3-1 decision. Asheville’s win ended a three-game losing streak to Gardner-Webb.
“The match at our place really could have gone either way. Gardner-Webb is a well-coached team that is playing very good volleyball right now,” admitted Santos. “When we lost at Radford and Liberty two weeks ago, they won both those matches up there. We’ll need to be at our absolute best at Gardner-Webb.”
Asheville played last night and recorded a 3-0 victory over North Carolina A&T at Justice Center. Meredith Foster led the Blue & White with 11 kills and three blocks.
Friday’s match begins a three-game road trip for the Bulldogs. Asheville plays next weekend at Charleston Southern (Oct. 25) and Coastal Carolina (Oct. 26).
With Asheville’s win over North Carolina A&T last night, the Bulldogs remained perfect at home this year at 6-0. Dating back to last season, Asheville has won 10 straight matches at Justice Center.
Gardner-Webb has won three of the last four meetings between the teams. Asheville has not won at Gardner-Webb since the 2010 season.
The win over North Carolina A&T gave Bulldog head coach Frederico Santos his 40th victory as Asheville’s head coach.
As a team, the Bulldogs are second in the Big South Conference in digs (16.9) and service aces (1.48). Asheville is third in blocks (2.15).
The Bulldogs have now won more matches (13) this season than they did all of last year (12).
Asheville has won six straight five-set matches dating back to last year. The Bulldogs have only had to go five sets once this year and that was an early-season victory over Boston College.
Senior Anna Moore is second in the Big South in hitting percentage (.347), third in blocks (1.1), fifth in service aces (.39) and seventh in kills (3.1).
Sophomore Christine Lakatos is third in the Big South in kills (3.3).
Sophomore setter Katie Davis is third in the league in assists (10.2).
Senior libero Rachel Wells is third in digs (5.4).
With her last kill against North Carolina A&T last night, Anna Moore recorded her 800th kill as a Bulldog.