ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Rachel Wells tied a school record with seven service aces as UNC Asheville stayed unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 victory over visiting North Carolina Central. The Bulldogs won the match 25-17, 25-13, 25-16.
Wells was honored prior to the match for getting her 1,000th career dig in the first match of the season on Friday against Wright State. She had a game-high 14 digs on Tuesday and has 1,043 digs.
The Bulldogs’ 4-0 start is the program’s best since starting 8-0 in the 1995 season. North Carolina Central fell to 0-4 on the young season.
“We did a nice job tonight,” stated Asheville coach Frederico Santos. “North Carolina Central has some good athletes and gave us fits at times. I really liked the way we served tonight, and Rachel did a great job serving.
“We still have to be a little more consistent,” added Santos. “There’s still plenty to work on, and we will continue to get better.”
Asheville was led on offense by Christine Lakatos with 11 kills and eight digs. Anna Moore had eight kills and six blocks. Alex Stewart chipped in 10 digs. Catherine Fischer added six kills and three blocks. Setter Katie Davis contributed 28 assists and four kills.
The Eagles were led by Da’Sha Brown with 11 kills and eight digs.
In the first set, Lakatos had six kills and picked up two service aces from Wells to roll to a 25-17 win.
The Bulldogs were in control of the second set and ended the set in style behind Wells. Leading 21-13, Wells had four straight service aces to give her seven and the Bulldogs went into intermission leading 2-0.
Asheville fought back from an early deficit in the third set to build a 24-12 lead as Fischer had four of her kills in the set. The Eagles fought back with four straight points, before the Bulldogs ended the match with a point off a block.
Asheville had a season-high 12 service aces in the match. Wells goes into the record book for most service aces with Kelly Budnik (2001) and Elif Unlu (2003).
UNC Asheville is back in action this Friday afternoon when the Bulldogs face Tennessee in the first round of the Chattanooga Invitational.