HPU volleyball opens season with two wins

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

The High Point University volleyball team won the season opener on Friday with a thrilling five-set win over Florida International at the Gamecock Invitational. HPU trailed as late as 11-10 in the fifth set before coming back to win the frame 15-13.

HPU won 25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 15-13.
Junior Chelsea Davis led HPU with 23 kills and 19 digs. Junior Kristin Heldt also posted 20 kills and senior Maddie Simpson dished out 54 assists and 11 digs for a double-double. Junior Katie Vincent added eight kills and five blocks.
“This was a great first match against a very tough Florida International team,” said head coach Jason Oliver. “In the end it came down to attention to details and we were able to pull it out in the fifth set. FIU is very similar to a team in our conference, Coastal Carolina, so that win will teach us a lot.”
The Panthers improved to 2-0 with a sweep of South Carolina State on Friday. Freshman Megan Kennedy had eight kills and seven digs. Junior Chelsea Davis tallied double-digit kills for the second straight match with 10 against South Carolina State. She also had three digs and three blocks. Freshman Val Jeffery put up 20 assists in her collegiate debut. The Panthers face tournament-host South Carolina Saturday at 3 p.m.

RICHMOND, Va. — The High Point University men’s soccer team fell 3-2 to Old Dominion on Friday evening at the VCU Rams Classic. HPU surrendered two goals in the final five minutes to drop the first game of the season.
Pat Shelton and Erien Campbell scored for the Panthers, while Ben Burdon and Austin Yearwood dished assists. Freshman Ryan Massey took the loss in his collegiate debut after replacing sophomore Kody Palmer in goal in the 22nd minute. Massey made five saves in the game for High Point.
High Point plays Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in its final game at the VCU Rams Classic.

SOUTHERN PINES — T.J. Howe carded a final-round 68 to finish at 15-under 269 and post a one-stroke victory in the eGolf Tour’s Mid Pines Classic.
Harold Varner III and Taylor Floyd tied for second at 14-under 270. High Point’s Drew Weaver shared 14th at 9-under 275 following rounds of 69, 69, 70 and 67.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The High Point University women’s soccer team fell 3-0 to William & Mary on Friday night. Senior Jesse May made seven saves for the Panthers.
The Panthers fell to 0-2-0. William & Mary improved to 1-1-1. High Point returns to Vert Stadium on Sunday at 2 p.m. to open its home schedule against Georgia Southern.

CULLOWHEE — The High Point University men’s cross country team took second behind only the University of Florida at the Western Carolina Cross Country Invitational on Friday evening. Senior Patrick Crawford finished second overall to lead the Panthers.
Florida scored 28 points to top the field. High Point was runner-up with 43 ahead of Furman (54), Western Carolina (121) and seven other teams. Big South foes UNC Asheville placed fifth, Winthrop placed seventh and Gardner-Webb took ninth.
The Gators’ Mark Parrish won the 5K race in 14:50.06 and Crawford took second in 15:02.34. Two other Florida runners took third and fourth before LaCoste, a redshirt-sophomore for the Panthers, placed fifth in 15:19.90. Sophomore Paddy Grandinali was HPU’s third finisher, seventh overall, in 15:24.50 and junior Reece Ayers placed ninth in 15:26.99. Freshman Vinny Todaro was High Point’s fifth finisher in 20th overall with a time of 15:51.81. Four High Point runners finished together in 25th through 28th place led by junior Chris Colo in 25th. Senior John Yankello placed 26th, freshman Chernet Sisay placed 27th and sophomore Kevin Maguire placed 28th.

CULLOWHEE — The High Point University women’s cross country team opened the season with a third-place finish at the Western Carolina Cross Country Invitational on Friday. Freshman Cozette Collin led HPU with a ninth-place finish and sophomore Katie Farina was next in 12th.
Florida swept the race with 15 points followed by Furman (53) and High Point (81). The Panthers topped three other Big South teams in the 12-team race as UNC Asheville took fourth, Winthrop placed sixth and Gardner-Webb placed 10th.
Collin placed ninth in 11:27.43 on the two-mile course. Katie Farina’s 12th-place finish came in 11:41.56. Junior Sarah Dorrell placed 16th in 11:52.81. Sophomore Julia Zautcke placed 19th in 11:56.16 and junior Lauren Blackwell rounded out HPU’s top five in 25th in 12:02.89.