Asheville's Cindi Miller picked up her 1,000th career kill in the match. She finished with 11 kills and nine digs plus two service aces. Miller now has 1,009 career kills and is in 12th place on the school's all-time career list.
The win was Asheville's fourth straight and improved its record to 16-10 and 8-4 in the Big South Conference. The Blue Hose had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 12-15 and 5-7 in the conference.
PC was led by Presley Mabrey with 12 kills and 10 digs. Amanda Kettles added nine kills and two blocks. Ashley Dunlap led the Blue Hose defensive effort with 14 digs. Carolyn Fabros had 11 digs.
Freshman Alex Stewart had 17 digs for the Bulldogs.
"We really played well tonight and I really pleased with how we started and finished the match," commented Asheville coach Julie Torbett. "I thought Kelsey Benorden had a tremendous match all the way around.
"Presbyterian College is a good team and we knew they would battle back in the third set," added Torbett. "I was very glad to win that third set and get the win."
Benorden posted five kills in the first set as Asheville won 25-21. The Bulldogs scored the first five points of the set and never trailed. The Blue Hose battled back as Mabrey had five kills but 11 attack errors by the visitors helped Asheville win the opening set. The Bulldogs hit .167, while the Blue Hose hit just .065.
The Bulldogs were in total command of the second set. Benorden had seven kills, while Miller added five. Asheville won the second set 25-15. They trailed just once at 1-0 and then quickly raced to a 10-4 lead. The Blue Hose scored four straight points late in the set to close to 23-15 but Asheville got the final two points to lead 2-0.
In the third set, the Bulldogs really had to work to win. Presbyterian College led most of the set thanks to a balanced attach that had five different players recording kills. The Blue Hose led 10-5 before Asheville came back and went on a late run to lead 24-22.
But the Blue Hose rallied back with three straight points as a service ace from Ashley Dunlap and two kills put the visitors in front 25-24. But Benorden had a kill to tie the set at 25-25. A service ace from Miller gave the Bulldogs the lead at 26-25. Miller would get a kill to seal the Asheville win.
UNC Asheville is at home this weekend when the Bulldogs finish their home portion of its schedule. The Bulldogs entertain Winthrop Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a match with Charleston Southern Saturday at 2 p.m. Presbyterian College hosts High Point Friday evening at 7 p.m.