ROCK HILL, S.C. - Anna Moore had 18 kills for UNC Asheville but Winthrop was able to hold off a determined Bulldog comeback to record a 3-1 Big South Conference victory Friday night at the Winthrop Coliseum. The Lady Eagles won the match 25-16, 25-18, 30-32, 26-24.
The loss snapped a four-game Asheville (14-10, 7-4 BSC) winning streak. Cindi Miller had a double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs. Meredith Foster had a great match with 14 kills and hit .481 overall.
Winthrop (17-7, 7-2 BSC) was led by 15 kills from Becca Moore and Brittany Blackman.
"We didn't play very well in the first two sets but did a great job battling back in the next two sets," commented Asheville head coach Frederico Santos. "We were just a play or two away from getting the match to a fifth set where anything could have happened.
"Winthrop is a very good team, and they played extremely well," added Santos. "However, I like the way we battled in the end against an excellent team on the road. We'll learn from this match and be better for it down the road."
The Bulldogs recorded 81 digs in the match as Alex Stewart led the way with 21. Hallie Morse finished with 54 assists and 18 digs.
Winthrop took the early advantage in the opening set, taking a lead at the 5-4 mark. The Eagles maintained a lead throughout the set and won the set in convincing fashion, 25-16. Winthrop closed out the set with 16 kills as Toor lead the way with four and a .429 hitting percentage.
The teams traded points early in the second set as both teams had leads early. The Eagles took a lead at the 11-10 mark and never looked back. Winthrop captured the set, 25-18. The Eagles finished out the set with 15 kills and a .371 hitting percentage.
The third set saw 19 ties but Asheville came with the final two points as Meredith Foster pounded a kill and an attacking error by the Eagles gave the Bulldogs the win, 32-30. Asheville closed out the set with 23 kills and a .312 hitting percentage, slightly better than Winthrop's 20 kills and .259 mark.
The Bulldogs got off to a quick start in the fourth set, taking a lead at the 18-13 mark. The Eagles stormed back in the set, making the score even, 21-21. From that point, the teams continued to trade points until a kill came from Toor and an attacking error from Asheville's Cindi Miller gave the Eagles the set and the match, 26-24.
Asheville finished the match with 61 kills, 83 digs and a .201 hitting percentage. The Bulldogs play next at Presbyterian College on Saturday at 2 p.m.