HIGH POINT, N.C. - High Point won two close sets en route to a 3-0 Big South Conference volleyball victory over visiting UNC Asheville Friday night at the Millis Center. The Panthers won the match 25-22, 25-14, 25-20.
Asheville was led by Meredith Foster with 10 kills, while Anna Moore finished with six kills and four blocks. Rachel Wells had 15 digs for the Bulldogs.
Seniors Courtney Johnk and Jamie McDonald and sophomore Kristin Heldt led High Point with 11 kills each. McDonald hit .556 with two blocks. Redshirt-sophomore Maddie Simpson posted a double-double with 38 assists and 11 digs.
High Point saw an 18-12 lead in the first set disappear after an 8-2 run for UNC Asheville tied the game at 20-20. After trading the next several points, the Panthers capitalized on an Asheville service error to take a 23-22 lead that they would not give up, winning the first set 25-22. Two kills by McDonald gave HPU the final points of the set.
The Panthers controlled the second set with defensive pressure holding Asheville to a negative hitting percentage, -.028. High Point won the set by 11 points, 25-14. The Panthers out-dug the Bulldogs 23-14 due in part to the stellar defensive play by Annemarie Chin who finished the set with six digs. High Point took a 22-9 lead with an 11-point run. Eight of HPU's 11 points were Panther kills.
High Point trailed UNC Asheville from the start of the third set until the Panthers took the lead, 20-19, on an Annemarie Chin service ace. HPU never looked back, closing out the set and the match with five straight points. McDonald's late-match kills came up huge for the Panthers as she claimed three of the final six points. High Point took the third and final set 25-20 to beat the Bulldogs.
Asheville is back on the road Saturday afternoon at Campbell starting at 2 p.m.