ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville volleyball team is back at home this weekend for two key Big South Conference battles at Justice Center. The Bulldogs host High Point Friday night at 7 p.m., followed by a match with Campbell Saturday at 4 p.m.
Both matches can be seen on the Big South Digital Network for free under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
Asheville (14-10, 4-4 BSC) hopes to move up in the Big South Conference standings this weekend. The Bulldogs stand in seventh place in the league but are just a game out of third place and two games out of first place. High Point (11-12, 5-3 BSC) is in front of Asheville, while Campbell (13-12, 3-5 BSC) is just below the Bulldogs.
Frederico Santos’ club split two matches on the South Carolina coast last weekend. The Bulldogs rallied for a five-set win at Charleston Southern Friday night before dropping a four-set decision at Coastal Carolina the next day.
“I was really proud of our effort at Charleston Southern,” commented Santos. “We fell behind 2-1 and turned our game up in the last two sets and were able to get a great win.
“We didn’t play badly at Coastal Carolina,” added Santos. “Coastal is playing very, very well right now, and we were a few points away from taking that match to five sets.”
Santos expects two close matches this weekend. He’s impressed with both clubs.
“High Point is very talented and well-coached,” explained Santos. “They’re playing good volleyball right now. High Point won at Coastal Carolina a few weeks ago and that shows you what a good team they have.
“Campbell may be the most improved team in the country,” added Santos. “Campbell’s new coach (Greg Goral) has done a sensational job with their program. They posted some great non-conference wins and have been very competitive in the league.
“We’ll need to play extremely well this weekend,” Santos also said. “We need to be more consistent in all areas of our game.”
Asheville is led by sophomore outside hitter Christine Lakatos. She is averaging 3.4 kills per set, second best in the Big South. Lakatos posted a career-best 24 kills at CSU Friday night. Senior blocker Anna Moore is hitting .327 for the year and that’s also second best in the league. Setter Katie Davis is third in the Big South (10.2) in assists. Senior libero Rachel Wells is ninth nationally and second in the Big South in digs (5.5).
UNC Asheville is unbeaten this season at Justice Center with a 6-0 record. They have won 10 straight matches at Justice Center dating back to last year.
The Bulldogs are 2-1 this year in five-set matches after last week’s 3-2 victory at CSU. Asheville has won seven of its last eight five-set matches going back to last season.
As a team, UNC Asheville is 14th nationally and second in the Big South in digs at 17.15.
The Bulldogs play four of their final six matches at Justice Center.
Christine Lakatos is just nine kills away from 300 for the season.
Asheville is 25-5 at Justice Center over the last four years.