DAVIDSON, N.C. – Caroline Brown recorded her 56th career double-double in her final game at Belk Arena to lead the Davidson volleyball team to a 3-2 upset win over SoCon leader Georgia Southern Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats took the match in set scores of 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 26-16 and 15-12 to hand the Eagles just their fifth loss of the season and their third in SoCon action.
Prior to the match, Davidson (15-13, 6-8 SoCon) honored graduating seniors Brown, Megan Chamberlin, Taylor Pisel, Jenna Ptaschinski and Tindall Sewell.
Brown led the team with 20 kills and 19 digs, also adding a pair of service aces. Pisel had 10 kills to go along with five block assists, while Chamberlin contributed nine kills and a pair of crucial aces as well as seven digs. Sewell put seven kills down, hitting a team-best .267 in the victory. The Wildcats hit .122 as a team with 53 kills and 33 errors.
Six different Davidson players contributed to the team’s 13.0 blocks, led by freshman Emily Franklin’s outstanding effort of two solo blocks paired with five block assists. Pisel and Sewell each chipped in five block assists, with setter Mikayla Derochie adding three. Rachel Earnhardt had the squad’s other solo block of the outing, adding a block assist as well.
Derochie assisted on 47 of the club’s 53 kills, adding an ace and a pair of kills in addition to seven digs. Libero Morgan Shannon led the defensive effort, digging a match-high 22 balls while also putting up a pair of aces.
Jamie DeRatt had a team-high 19 kills with 14 digs for a double-double for the Eagles (23-5, 11-3 SoCon). Kym Coley had 13 kills, and Crysten Curry was one of the blocking leaders on the day with 8.0 total blocks. Katalin Minnerly finished with 50 assists on 62 Eagle kills, while Alexandra Beecher had a team-high 18 digs. GSU hit .156 with 34 errors in the match.
After calling timeout, the Wildcats overcame a 14-10 Eagle lead in set one to tie the set 16-16. Chamberlin gave them a 17-16 lead with a kill and a pair of GSU errors stretched the advantage to 21-18 soon after. Three points in a row for the Cats set up set-point, and two plays later Chamberlin would close things out for Davidson with a 25-21 win.
Davidson was forced once again to erase a deficit in set two, coming back from a 9-4 disadvantage to knot the score at 10-10. The teams traded points to a 21-21 tie before a 3-0 spurt by the Eagles pushed the Wildcats to the brink. Brown extended the set with a kill but Curry had on for GSU to take the 25-22 win and tie the match 1-1.
Georgia Southern took a slim lead to start the third set, and never looked back. A mini 3-0 rally brought the Wildcats within one at 19-18, but the Eagles claimed the final four points to win the set 25-19 and take the match lead at 2-1.
The Wildcats were down, but not out. After battling to an 11-11 tie, Davidson rattled off six straight with a trio of blocks to take a 17-12 lead. The Cats took the momentum and rolled, with Brown and Franklin each slamming down a pair of kills to take the set 25-16 and force a fifth game.
Trading points once again, Davidson picked up two scores in a row to lead 6-4. They srretched the advantage to 9-5 before the Eagles regrouped and rallied to tie the set 11-11 on a kill by Katie Bange. Chamberlin then came up with back-to-back aces to put Davidson in position to claim the win. After a Wildcat miscue, the Eagles served an error themselves as Davidson took the 15-12 victory to win the match 3-2.
Furman 3, Elon 1
Greenville, S.C. – Behind the solid play of seniors Christina Dorismond and Elle Ross, Furman outlasted Elon, 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19) on senior night in Alley Gym. With the win, the Paladins move to 15-10 (11-3 SoCon) on the season and finish the home season undefeated in Alley Gym (9-0), while Elon falls to 16-14 (7-7 SoCon).
Christina Dorismond recorded double-digit kills for the 17th time this season, putting down 10 kills with one error for a .409 hitting percentage. She also added three digs and a team-high five blocks. Elle Ross had her ninth game with 20+ kills, recording 25 and adding a service ace and two assists. Andrea Fisher led the Paladins with 14 kills, while Ashton Gregory put down 11 kills with no errors for a .524 hitting percentage. Casey Wells had her second-consecutive game hitting better than .400, putting down 12 kills and a .526 percentage. As a team, the Paladins hit .353, held Elon to a .185 hitting percentage and out-blocked the Phoenix, 10-6.
Elon took an early 10-8 lead in set one, before the Paladins used a 6-1 run to take a 14-11 lead and force an Elon timeout. The momentum then swung back to the Phoenix, who used a 7-2 run of their own to take an 18-16 lead and force a Furman timeout. The Paladins used another run, this time of 4-1 to take a 20-19 lead, but Elon outscored the Paladins 6-2 at the end to take set one, 25-22, and a 1-0 lead in the match. The Paladins hit .500 in set one, led by Casey Wells (5-for-5, 1.000) and Andrea Fisher (6-for-8, .750).
It was Furman who took the early 10-7 lead in set two, forcing an Elon timeout. After cutting the Paladin lead to one at 10-9, the Phoenix then allowed Furman to use a 9-3 run to take a 19-12 lead. Elon scored two-straight points, but the Paladins outscored the Phoenix 6-2 at the end to take set two, 25-16, and tie the match at one. Furman hit .355 in set two and held Elon to a .129 hitting percentage.
Furman took an early 12-7 lead in set three forcing an Elon timeout. The Phoenix cut the Paladin lead to three at 10-9, but Furman used a 5-1 run to open the lead to 17-10. Elon put down three straight points, but Furman finished the set on an 8-3 run to dominate set three, 25-16, and take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Paladins hit .375 and held the Phoenix to a .056 hitting percentage in the set.
Elon owned set four early, taking a 10-4 lead, but the Paladins stormed back to cut the Phoenix lead to one at 12-11. After a controversial 12th point for the Paladins, the Elon head coach was issued a yellow card and a red card to award the Paladins a free point and give Furman the lead at 13-12. Elon was able to retake the lead and stretch it to three at 16-13, but the Paladins again stormed back on a 6-1 run to take a 19-17 lead. Elon got a kill out of a timeout to cut the lead to one at 19-18, but the Paladins scored six of the last seven points to take set four, 25-19, and the match, 3-1.
Samford 3, Western Carolina 1
CULLOWHEE, N.C. ---- With four Bulldogs earning double-digit kills, a potent Samford offense powered past Western Carolina on the road Saturday night to cap an undefeated weekend.
After suffering its largest margin of defeat in SoCon play this season in the opening set, Samford (19-10, 10-4 SoCon) rallied with strong performances over Western Carolina (16-11, 6-7 SoCon) for three-straight sets to earn the 3-1 victory. Samford hit -.057 in the opening set before rebounding to hit a combined .338 in the remaining three sets.
For the fourth-straight match, Michaela Reesor earned 20 kills, leading all players. This brings her season total to 415, only 24 shy of her single-season best of 439, set last season. Stephanie Palmer earned her fifth double-double of the season, also her second straight, with a season-best 57 assists and 17 digs. Erin Bognar also earned a double-double, her third of the season, with 16 kills and 10 digs. On defense, Chelsi Carter led all players with 31 digs, a new career-best for the Samford junior.
The Western Carolina offense jumped out of the gate quickly, using seven kills and a pair of aces to help guide them to a 15-6 lead in set one, forcing a Samford timeout. The Catamounts would continue to extend the lead, moving ahead 20-7 before Samford started to find a rhythm, scoring four in a row capped by a block by Katie Murphy to make it 20-11. The Bulldogs would only score one more point in the remainder of the set however, as Western Carolina eventually won 25-12.
Samford’s first lead of the match came early in set two, as a kill by Reesor gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead. The lead would be short-lived however, as Western Carolina moved ahead 7-6 after scoring three unanswered points, forcing a Samford timeout. Later, down 13-12, back-to-back kills by Reesor would give the Bulldogs back the lead, 14-13, as Western Carolina would tie it three different times before finally moving back ahead, 18-17, as Samford took its second timeout. The Catamounts were looking to close out the set and head to the locker room, but with a 23-21 lead, Samford rattled off three-consecutive points to reach set point, 24-23, and force a late timeout by the home team. Stephanie Palmer would complete the rally after the break with a kill for Samford’s fourth-straight point and a 25-23 set victory to even the match at 1-1.
Set three was tightly contested early on, with neither team able to hold a lead larger than two points. With Western Carolina up 11-9, four Bulldog kills including a pair by Bognar put Samford in front 13-11 forcing a Catamount timeout. Western Carolina would tie the set multiple times but would not take the lead, as Samford was forced to take a timeout late after the Catamounts came back to tie it at 22-22. Samford would reach set point, 24-23, but Western Carolina would fight back to tie it three times before the Bulldogs ended it with a kill by Bognar to win, 28-26, and take a 2-1 match lead.
The fourth frame was another close one, as the teams traded the lead back and forth, winding up tied 12-12 at the midway point. Samford started to pull away with five unanswered points to move up 17-12 as Western Carolina took a timeout. The Bulldog lead continued to grow, eventually stretching to 22-15 before the Catamounts had to take their final timeout. Stephanie Palmer would knock in a kill to give Samford match point, 24-16, and would finish it with another kill to win set four, 25-16, to seal the 3-1 match victory.
UNCG 3, Wofford 1
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The UNCG volleyball team won a tightly contested match at Wofford Saturday, downing the Terriers 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23) to spoil Senior Day and complete the season series sweep inside Benjamin Johnson Arena. The victory marks the Spartans’ 11th straight over Wofford.
It was a key victory for the Blue and Gold as the Spartans kept pace with Appalachian State for fourth place in the league standings.
UNCG (15-12, 8-6 SoCon), which eclipsed its league win total from a season ago, was led by a double-double from senior outside hitter Karrian Chambers who tallied 17 kills, 26 digs and hit .292 in the match. Her 26 digs fell just one shy of her career high set earlier this year at Georgia Southern. Freshman setter Sara Hohman also produced a double-double with 51 assists and 17 digs and she would add two blocks at the net. A pair of Spartan middles went off for high hitting marks as senior Morgan Freeman (Virginia Beach, Va./University of Connecticut) and junior Vicky Harley (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) racked up 11 and 16 kills respectively on the way to firing at .360 and .464.
Defensively, sophomore libero Katherine Santiago led all players with 27 digs.
The Spartan defense was stellar as the Blue and Gold recorded 94 digs for an average of 23.5 per set. UNCG also held the upper hand in hitting percentage (.186-.184) and kills (62-50) while both teams notched seven total blocks and three aces.
It was the Blue and Gold which forced Wofford (12-17, 6-8 SoCon) to call for the first timeout of the match as with a 12-10 lead, the Spartans netted four-straight points and took a 16-11 edge after a Harley kill. UNCG looked to have things in control when an ace by Santiago made the score 19-12, but the Terriers began to answer. The Spartans signaled for timeout when a Taylor Baird ace put the score at 19-14 and it seemed to work as UNCG built a 22-16 advantage. Wofford was not done though, going on a 5-1 run to draw within 23-21 and prompt another Spartan timeout.
A kill by Chambers put the Spartans at set point with a 24-22 lead, but an attacking error by senior middle hitter Olivia Humphries (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) kept the Terriers alive. Harley would slam the door shut on the next rally, getting a kill to go down to end the frame in favor of the Blue and Gold 25-23.
Wofford was the aggressor at the outset of the second frame, building an 8-3 lead when Baird tallied an ace. It was UNCG’s turn for a big run from that point as the Spartans captured nine of the next 13 points to knot the score at 12 points apiece. The Terriers seized control by responding with a 5-2 run of their own to take a three-point lead, but with a 21-18 advantage later in the stanza, UNCG chipped away and eventually tied the score at 21 after an attacking error by Baird. The Spartans would not relinquish the momentum completing the set-ending 8-1 run with a kill by freshman outside hitter Jessica Brezwyn to steal the frame 25-22 and push their match lead to 2-0.
A kill by Humphries gave UNCG a 7-4 lead in the third set as the Spartans were looking to complete the sweep. Things looked good for the Spartans later when a kill by Harley put the score at 14-10, but Wofford would dig down and rally to notch a tie at 18 points apiece after a kill by Amanda Liguori. An attacking error by Liguori would forge a 22-22 deadlock, but the Terriers netted three of the last four points to win the stanza 25-22 and extend the match to a fourth set.
An attacking error by Baird afford the Blue and Gold an 8-4 lead in the fourth frame but Wofford made another big run – scoring 10 of the next 12 points to take a comfortable 14-10 advantage. UNCG would not back down as Hohman capped an 8-4 Spartan run with a kill which tied the score at 18. A block by UNCG gave the Spartans a 19-18 edge and the teams fought back and forth before the Terriers crept in front 23-22 after an attacking error by the Blue and Gold. UNCG would have the last word as a kill by Freeman sparked a match-ending 3-0 spurt and helped the Spartans win the fourth frame and the match.
Appalachian State 3, Chattanooga 0
BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University volleyball dominated Chattanooga on Saturday night at the Holmes Center, wining in three sets with scores of 25-12, 25-19 and 25-13.
Despite the Mocs scoring the first two points of the first set, the Mountaineers would pull ahead by scoring seven straight points to make the score 8-3. Chattanooga would not be able to close the lead, helping App State take the first set 25-12.
The Mocs would come out in a different mind set in the second set, taking a quick 15-9 lead. The Mountaineers regained composure to go on an eight-point rally and pull ahead to make the score 17-15. The Apps would not lose the lead again, winning the second 25-19.
The Mountaineers began the third set on fire, scoring the first three points of the set. Appalachian would continue to score and would not give up the lead once as they cruised to a 25-13 third set win to take the match 3-0.
Lauren Gray paced the Mountaineers offensively on the night, recording 12 kills and only 2 errors for a .455 hitting percentage.
Lauren Brown led the Mountaineers in digs for the first match of the year, tallying a match-high 14, while Paige Brown notched 43 assists on the night.
Briana Reid connected on ten kills for Chattanooga, while Melissa Green found 12 digs in the match.
The Mountaineers hit .312 on the night while holding the Mocs to just a .065 hitting percentage and recorded seven blocks to Chatt's four.
With the win, the Apps have won six of their last seven matches and have improved to a fourth place conference standing.