Volleyball Wins Fourth Straight

October 29, 2011
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Courtesy: UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Cindi Miller had nine kills and 12 digs to lead UNC Asheville to a hard-fought 3-0 Big South Conference victory over High Point Saturday evening at Justice Center. The Bulldogs downed the Panthers, 26-24, 25-19, 25-19.

Asheville (14-9, 7-3 BSC) won its fourth straight match and was also had Meredith Foster, Holly Shelton and Anna Moore with eight kills each. Foster hit .350 for the match, while Moore contributed four blocks and three service aces.

Kristin Heldt and Courtney Johnk led the Panthers (7-17, 4-6 BSC) with nine kills apiece. Molly Barlow had 11 digs on defense. High Point hurt itself in the match with 13 service errors.

The Bulldogs got 14 digs from Alex Stewart and 13 from Rachel Wells.  

"We beat another good team tonight in High Point," commented Asheville coach Frederico Santos. "Our team did a great job battling back in the first set and winning that set. In the second and third set, we had wonderful balance with our hitting and just seemed to get points when we had to get them.

"It's important to win at home and keep getting better," added Santos. "We had a great crowd today and wonderful atmosphere over the weekend."

The first set had Asheville building an early 6-1 lead behind kills from Miller and Moore. However, the Panthers steadily came back and led by the serving of Marin Seifert tied the match at 18-18. HPU then got two kills form Heldt and pushed the lead to 24-22.

But the Bulldogs roared back and knotted the match at 24-24 on kills from Foster and Miller. A block from Shelton and Moore gave the Bulldogs the lead at 25-24. Moore finished the comeback with a kill to give the home team a 26-24 win.

The Bulldogs got 13 kills in the second set and used a 4-0 run in the middle of the game to take a 17-13 lead. Asheville was able to side-out with the Panthers the rest of the way and got two kills from Shelton for a 25-19 win.

In the third set, Chelsea Blanford had two kills for the visitors and some aggressive serving pushed the visitors in front 14-10. Asheville rallied behind the play of Moore who put down three kills to spark a 7-1 Bulldog run to lead 17-15.

Asheville's blocking continued to be solid and the Bulldogs were able to go and win the set 25-19.

UNC Asheville travels to Winthrop Friday night for a 7 p.m. match. High Point, in the middle of a five-game road swing, travels to Radford next Friday night.  


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