ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville volleyball team is back home Tuesday night after a dramatic weekend of matches at the Justice Center. The Bulldogs host Presbyterian College starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday's match will be video-streamed and can be seen for a small fee at www.bigsouthsports.com.
Asheville (15-10, 7-4 BSC) takes on a red-hot Blue Hose (12-14, 5-6) team that enjoyed a big win on Saturday when it ripped Coastal Carolina in three sets.
The Bulldogs were the only team in the league to place twice and got two big wins. Asheville upset High Point in four sets on Friday and then rallied past Radford in five sets Saturday. The Bulldogs lost the first two sets to the Lady Highlanders, 25-23, 25-23 but came back and won 25-19, 27-25, 15-10. Asheville trailed in the fourth and fifth sets but refused to lose. The dramatic victory gave Bulldog coach Julie Torbett her 300th win. It also moved Asheville into third place in the league standings.
"Last weekend was certainly memorable," explained Torbett. "I thought we played fantastic on Friday against High Point. We got a great effort from everybody and played with poise when we had to get key points.
"On Saturday, we didn't play all that badly in the first two sets but we just couldn't get in any rhythm throughout the day," added Torbett. "Radford made things tough on us and played quite well. To our kids' credit, we battled and battled and found a way to get a win."
Another challenge awaits the Bulldogs against Presbyterian College. The Bulldogs downed PC earlier this month in four sets but it was a close match. The Blue Hose is playing very well right now.
"They beat Coastal Carolina in three sets and that jumps right out at you," declared Torbett. "Not too many teams, conference or in non-conference, have beaten Coastal Carolina in three sets. We're going to need to be at our best Tuesday night to have a chance at winning."
Cindi Miller needs two kills to reach 1,000 for her career...the Bulldogs are 5-1 at home and 13-3 over the last two years at Justice Center...Alex Stewart had a career-high 40 digs against Radford and was named Defensive Player of the Week on Monday...Miller was named Player of the Week for the second time this year...the Bulldogs finish up their home schedule this weekend with a match against Winthrop on Friday at 7 p.m. and Charleston Southern on Saturday at 2 p.m.