ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Holly Shelton and Cindi Miller had 13 kills each as UNC Asheville downed Campbell 3-1 in Big South Conference volleyball action Friday night at Justice Center. The Bulldogs won their third consecutive match, 25-17, 19-25, 25-25-20.
Asheville (13-9, 6-3 BSC) also received a great match from setter Hallie Morse as she had 20 digs, 41 assists and five kills. The Bulldogs defense also got 18 digs from Alex Stewart and 11 from Rachel Wells.
Campbell (11-14, 4-5 BSC) was led by a game-high 16 kills from Jordan Reaves. She finished with a double-double as she contributed 14 digs. Ally Russo had a match-high 23 digs for the visitors.
"This is a big win for us as we beat a very good Campbell team tonight," commented Asheville coach Frederico Santos. "We bounced back after a tough second set and made key points at key times to win the match. I thought we had a really good team effort tonight, as well."
Meredith Foster contributed eight kills and five blocks for the home team. Anna Moore finished with 11 kills and three blocks. Asheville recorded 10 blocks in the match, compared to seven for CU.
The Bulldogs took advantage of 10 Campbell hitting errors in the first set to race to a 25-17 win. Asheville hit .188 in the opening set and got four kills from Miller.
The Camels quickly took charge of the second set. Trailing 6-3, Russo went back to serve as Campbell scored 10 straight points to lead 13-6. The Bulldogs called two time-outs during the run but it didn't matter. Asheville had six hitting errors during the run as CU had three blocks. The Bulldogs made some mini-runs and closed to 20-16 but Reaves followed with two straight kills to push the lead to 22-16. CU won the set 25-19.
In the third set, Jaimie Dorfman got the Bulldogs off to a good start with two service aces as Asheville led 4-1. The lead would go back-and-forth for a little while before the home team went on a 4-0 run to lead 17-13. Shelton had two kills during the run. The Bulldogs were able to keep the lead thanks to three kills from Moore and some solid blocking. Asheville took a 2-1 lead with a 25-20 win.
The final set was close most of the way with the Bulldogs maintaining a two-point lead for much of the set. Finally, Asheville got some breathing room thanks to three straight points, two off of Shelton kills to build a 21-16 advantage. The Bulldogs were able to get two kills from Foster plus a block solo to end the match and give Asheville its first win over Campbell since the 1993 season.
The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday afternoon when they host defending BSC champion High Point at Justice Center starting at 5 p.m. Campbell plays at Gardner-Webb on Saturday, also at 5 p.m.