The UNC Asheville volleyball team used 44 kills and just eight errors to earn the 3-0 victory over Presbyterian College in Big South action Friday night at the Templeton Center. The Bulldogs took the three sets by scores of 25-19, 25-14, and 25-21.
The Blue Hose fall to 3-23 overall and 1-11 in the Big South. UNC Asheville improves to 13-10, 6-5. PC takes on Gardner-Webb Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m., to finish up the home season. The Blue Hose round out the regular season with a Nov. 13, match at Winthrop. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Sierra Davis posted double-digit kills for the third time this season with a team-leading 10 kills for the Blue Hose. She was followed by Halle Tripp with her six on the evening. Mikayla Register posted 13 digs, while Sara Rogers added 26 assists. PC collected 30 kills and 18 errors for a .115 hitting percentage, while ending with two total blocks.
UNC Asheville had two players with 11 kills each in Cara Guthrie and Christine Lakatos. Katie Davis added 32 assists, while Bryn Pfeiffer had 18 digs. The team blocked five total attacks and recorded a .383 hitting percentage. Asheville had five aces, just one behind PC’s six.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the first set but the Blue Hose rallied back to within two, 18-20, off a 10-3 run that saw the home team collect five kills including two from Tripp. PC could muster just one more point as Asheville got back to back kills from Lakatos to help the visitors to the 25-19 first set win.
Asheville controlled most of the second set, building a 19-10 lead before settling on a 25-14 victory.
The Bulldogs opened the third set with a 10-5 lead and looked to run away with the win but PC fought back with back to back aces from Tripp and another from Ashton Stewart, to make it 10-11. After Asheville extended its lead to four, 15-11, PC tied it up at 17-17 off a 6-2 run, highlighted by kills from Davis and Samantha Del Toro.
PC and Asheville tied it up three more times, the last off a visitor error to make it 20-20. The Bulldogs scored four straight before a Davis kill stopped the rally with the score at 24-21. Madison Vaughn ended the set and match with her ninth kill of the night as Asheville came away with the 25-21 win.