ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville volleyball team returns home this weekend for a pair of Big South Conference matches. Asheville hosts Winthrop Friday night at Justice Center starting at 7 p.m., followed by a visit from Presbyterian College Saturday at 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
Both matches can be seen on the Big South Digital Network for free under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
The Bulldogs (10-8, 1-2 BSC) look to bounce back after a tough weekend in Virginia last week. Asheville lost in straight sets to both Radford and Liberty.
“We didn’t play well last weekend, and Radford and Liberty just plain beat us,” stated Bulldog coach Frederico Santos. “We’ve had a real good week of practice after last weekend and we’re anxious to play better at home this weekend.”
Santos expects two tough tests for his squad this weekend. Winthrop is 10-7 on the year with a 1-2 worksheet in league action. PC is just 5-13 overall but a perfect 3-0 in league play heading into a match at Gardner-Webb Friday evening.
“As I have said from the start of preseason practice, the Big South is as balanced as it’s ever been,” declared Santos. “We have some real parity this year from top to bottom. This is truly a year anyone can beat anyone on any given day.
“Winthrop has a new coach and is playing quite well,” added Santos. “They had some great non-conference wins and it’s always a great match when we both square off.
“Presbyterian College has a new coach as well and been very impressive in league play,” Santos also said. “They beat Coastal Carolina in five sets and have really come on the past few weeks. We’re going to have to play much, much better than we did last weekend.”
Senior Anna Moore tops the club in hitting percentage (.338), blocks (1.03) and service aces (22). Sophomore outside hitter Christine Lakatos leads Asheville in kills with a 3.39 per set average. Senior libero Rachel Wells leads in digs 5.32 mark. Sophomore setter Katie Davis is averaging 10.08 assists.
Last year, the Bulldogs swept Winthrop as they won two close matches against the Lady Eagles. Asheville split with Presbyterian College as each team won at home.