HPU women boot Coastal, 3-2
The High Point University women’s soccer team jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Coastal Carolina and held on to pick up a 3-2 win in Big South action on Saturday evening at Vert Stadium. Redshirt-freshman Kelsey Perrell had a goal and an assist in the win.
“It is really good to pick up the win here tonight,” head coach Marty Beall said. “We were really clicking in the first half and our offense was connecting passes very well. In the second half, you have to give credit to Coastal Carolina for fighting back but you also have to give credit to our players for fighting through and playing all the way to the end.”
Perrell gave HPU an early 1-0 lead in the 10th minute with her team-high fifth goal of the season. Senior Becca Hemby hit a long cross to Perrell who was unmarked in the box. The forward took the ball down and beat the keeper with a shot to the left to put the Panthers ahead.
Senior Kelli Joline doubled the High Point lead in the 26th minute with an impressive individual effort leading to her fifth goal of the season. Joline controlled a Coastal Carolina goal kick and beat two CCU defenders as she dribbled into the box. She then hit a hard shot past the Chanticleer keeper and into the right side netting to put HPU ahead 2-0.
Coastal Carolina continued to push forward looking for a goal which opened up the counter for Jacky Kessler, who scored with a shot from distance in the 61st minute to make push the High Point lead to 3-0. Kessler was played in one-on-one with a CCU defender by Perrell and cut back with her left foot before unleashing a shot from 30-yards out for her second goal in as many games.
The Chanticleers refused to go away quietly, cutting the deficit to one with a goal in the 64th minute by Amber Adams and another in the 72nd minute by Fia Jonsson. Following the second Coastal goal, High Point tightened its defense in the final minutes and ran out the clock to seal the win.
High Point finished the game with a 15-9 edge in shots, putting six of its shots on frame. Senior Jesse May made two saves in the game to earn the win for High Point. Megan Spencer made one save in 64 minutes and took the loss for CCU.
The Panthers improve to 5-6-0, 3-1-0. Coastal Carolina drops to 5-6-1, 2-2-0.
After playing two straight games at Vert Stadium, High Point travels to Farmville, Va., to take on Longwood University on Wednesday. The game will kick off at 7 p.m.
PANTHER VOLLEYBALL SPIKES CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Junior Kristin Heldt led three Panthers in double-digit kills with 22 as the High Point University volleyball team prevailed 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21 at Charleston Southern late Saturday.
“Before the match we talked to the team about finishing the weekend strong and building on Friday’s win,” HPU head coach Jason Oliver said, referring to a rally from two sets down to defeat Coastal Carolina. “We continue to have success when we focus on the details and that helps solidify the culture of the program. Katie Vincent had a big game and once again we got tremendous performance and leadership from Kristin Heldt, Chelsea Davis and Maddie Simpson.”
Heldt had a double-double for the second straight night, adding 14 digs to her 22 kills. Davis also tallied a double-double with 17 kills and 13 digs. Vincent added 13 kills and five blocks in the win.
The Panthers improved to 8-10 overall and 2-1 in the Big South. Charleston Southern dropped to 5-13, 0-4.
Erin Lavenice led the Bucs with 12 kills and Siraya Windsor added 11 kills and nine digs.
The Panthers stormed out to a first-set win, 25-21, led by Heldt’s seven kills in the opening set. Davis broke a 20-20 tie with a kill, giving the Panthers a 21-20 lead. Molly Hirrlinger went back to the service line and pushed the Panthers lead to 23-20. Siraya Windsor sided out for the Buccaneers, but Davis and Heldt ended the set with back-to-back kills.
Charleston Southern evened the match with a 25-22 win in set two. HPU led the first half of the set before CSU tied it up 15-15 on a block by Windsor and Taylor Allman. The frame was tied two more times, finally at 18-18, before CSU took the lead for good, on another kill by Windsor. HPU fought off two set points on a kill by Davis and an attack error by Windsor, but Lavenice put down her fourth kill of the night to win the set for CSU.
High Point hit .406 in the third set to roll to a 25-14 win. Heldt had six kills on 10 swings in the frame and Davis added four kills on six attempts. The Panthers used a pair of four-point runs to open up am 11-5 lead. High Point used a series of three and four-point runs to open up the lead even more, eventually winning the set 25-14.
The Buccaneers didn’t quit in set four, even when High Point led 23-16 late in the frame. CSU rattled off five straight points to close the lead to 23-21, capping the run with a kill by Kayla Klinger. Katrina Houston served the next ball long to bring up match point for the Panthers. Freshman Savannah Angel ended the match with a kill on the next play.
Senior Maddie Simpson dished 49 assists while picking up nine digs and three blocks. Sophomore Annemarie Chin had 26 digs, marking the sixth straight match she has 20 or more digs.
High Point returns home for a pair of Big South matches. The Panthers will host Radford on Friday at 7 p.m. and Liberty on Saturday at 2 p.m.
COASTAL MEN SINK HPU IN OVERTIME
HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s soccer team fell 2-1 in double overtime to No. 19 Coastal Carolina on Saturday night in Vert Stadium. Sophomore Erien Campbell scored HPU’s goal to force extra time.
“I am really pleased with the team’s performance because every player on the field was fully invested in the game,” head coach Dustin Fonder said. “This is the first time we have gotten a total investment like that and if we can keep doing that our season will turn in a good direction very soon.”
The contest remained scoreless until the 52nd minute when Coastal broke the stalemate with a goal by Sergio Camargo to put the Chanticleers ahead, 1-0. Camargo played a 1-2 with Jakub Stourac, setting him free on the right side of the box and making a run to the far post. Stourac delivered the cross back to Camargo who finished just in front of goal.
Coastal nearly doubled its lead in the 67th minute but was denied by a fantastic save from HPU keeper Ryan Massey. The Chanticleers earned a corner kick and Kai Morton hit a header on frame. Massey got a hand on the ball and hit it off the cross bar then out of the box.
Campbell tied the game for High Point in the 75th minute, scoring off a cross from freshman Matt Gweh. Nyepon set Gweh free on the left side with a flicked header down the line. The freshman dribbled into the box and hit a hard cross to the far post to Campbell who finished in close to knot the score at 1-1.
Massey came up big for the Panthers again in the 82nd minute with a point-blank save on a shot by Camargo to maintain the 1-1 tie.
Coastal clinched the game in the 104th minute with a free kick by Pedro Ribeiro from 35-yards out. Ribeiro hit a line drive into the top left corner to secure the 2-1 win for CCU.
Coastal Carolina held the majority of the possession and finished with a 23-14 advantage in shots and a 7-0 edge in corner kicks. Massey matched his career high with eight saves in the game for HPU to help the Panthers reach extra time. CCU keeper Devin Cook made four saves to earn the win for the Chanticleers.
The loss drops High Point to 3-6-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the Big South. Coastal Carolina moves to 7-2-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the conference.
HPU returns to action Saturday at UNC Asheville at 1 p.m.
HPU WOMEN’S GOLF FINISHES TIED FOR SECOND
NINETY-SIX, S.C. — The High Point University women’s golf team finished tied for second in its quad-match against Big South foes Campbell, Gardner-Webb and Radford on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers shot a combined 309 and finished tied with GWU.
Junior Grier Bennett led HPU on the day with a three-over 75 and finished tied for sixth. She finished even par on the Par-5s on the day.
Sophomore Casey Ward and freshman Danielle Fuss tied for 12th with matching scores of 77 on the day while sophomore Tan Cheeranont and freshman Sarah Bae each carded 80s and tied for 15th.
Senior Margaret Suchan competed as an individual and finished in second place after shooting an even-par 72. Suchan tied for the low score on the Par-3s, going one-under on the day.
Campbell finished in first in the event with a combined team score of 299. Radford finished one-shot behind both High Point and Gardner-Webb in fourth place with a combined score of 310.
Gardner-Webb’s Pilar Morgan turned in a one-under 71 to finish first among individuals. Morgan finished one-stroke ahead of Suchan and two-strokes clear ofg Radford’s Alexandra Austin who finished third with a score of 73.
High Point returns to tournament play on Oct. 14 when the team plays in the JU Classic. The two-day tournament will be held at the Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla.
TYE SPARKS HPU MEN’S GOLF
NINETY SIX, S.C. — The High Point University men’s golf team finished third out of four teams in a one-round quad-match with Gardner-Webb, Radford and Campbell on Saturday at The Patriot at Grand Harbour. Sophomore McKay Tye was one-under par with a 71 as HPU’s top finisher.
“It was a beautiful day and the course was in great condition,” said head coach Greg Flesher. “Our young team continues to play well and show improvement every weekend. We played about 14 holes excellent and need to clean up the last few. As a team we had 13 birdies and one eagle which is a great start on the course where the Big South Championship will be.”
Gardner-Webb won the event, with a team score of 281. Campbell was just six strokes back in second place with a total score of 287, followed by High Point, 287, and Radford, 294.
GWU’s Blake Maum carded a four-under 68 to win the event. His teammate Vincent Blanchette and Campbell’s Mikko Lehtovuori tied for second with three-under 69. Tye came in tied for fourth with Campbell’s Amanjyot Singh.
For Tye, it was his third round under par for the 2013 season. It is also his highest place finish of the season.
Freshman David Long carded an even-par 72 to finish tied for seventh on the day. Freshman Jack Sides and junior LJ Georgetti tied for 12th with a two-over 74. It ties the lowest round of the season for Georgetti.
Freshman Phil Oweida rounded out HPU’s team scoring with a 76. Junior Tyler Engel shot a 79, competing as an individual.
The Panthers will be back on the course on Oct. 14 t the Donald Ross Intercollegiate at Mimosa Hills in Morganton.
HPU CLUB TENNIS TEAM CRUSH UNCW
HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s and women’s club tennis teams improved to 2-0 with impressive wins over UNC Wilmington on Saturday.
The Panther men won 9-0, while the women prevailed 7-2.
Will Morris, John Kleeman, Taylor Harris, Kalvin Lee, D.J. Bozentika and Aaron Marlorre won in singles for the HPU men. Morris-Harris, Kleeman-Lee and Bozentika-Marlorre notched doubles victories.
For the HPU women, Andrea Carlsson, Laura Sannago, Dana Silber, Lisa Carlson and Lauren Kotler won in singles. Sibler-Carlson and Erin Monahan-Kotler prevailed in doubles.
JARRELL ACES EIGHTH AT COLONIAL
THOMASVILLE — Lanny Jarrell took advantage of Saturday’s summerlike weather, carding a hole-in-one on the eighth hole at Colonial Country Club.
Jarrell used a 5-iron from 175 yards for his seventh career ace. Doug Collamer, Mike Byrd and Collins Fulcher witnessed the gem.
WESLEYAN VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO COVENANT DAY
HIGH POINT — Covenant Day topped Wesleyan Christian Academy 21-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-13 on Saturday.
Brittany Goodson led the Trojans (12-4) with nine digs and six kills, while Caitlyn Michalski added seven kills and Taylor Bouras had five blocks and four kills.
Wesleyan visits Caldwell Academy on Monday.