HPU volleyball falls to Presbyterian
Presbyterian College rallied past the High Point University volleyball team in four sets on Saturday at the Millis Center. HPU won the first set but the Blue Hose fought back to win the match 3-1 (25-17, 24-26, 18-25, 19-25). Sophomore Annemarie Chin led the team with 21 digs.
“We are a team still going through some growing pains,” said HPU head coach Jason Oliver. “We still need to be more consistent but I feel like we are working hard and learning from our mistakes. I am confident the team will work hard in preparation for Campbell next weekend.”
HPU junior Kristin Heldt put up a double-double with 15 kills and 13 digs and junior Chelsea Davis added 14 kills and eight digs. Junior Katie Vincent hit .529 with 11 kills, five blocks and two aces.
Andrea Barman tallied 14 kills to lead the Blue Hose while Rachel Hall added 13 kills. Mary Trimpe had a match-high 23 digs.
Presbyterian College improves to 7-15 overall and 5-2 in league play. High Point falls to 10-12 on the season with a 4-3 record against Big South opponents.
Panther senior Maddie Simpson finished with 39 assists, seven digs and six blocks. Sophomore Wavie Chin chipped in 10 digs.
High Point visits Campbell on Friday at 7 p.m. The Camels beat the Panthers in five sets at the Millis Center on Sept. 27.
WINTHROP MEN BLANK HPU, 1-0
HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s soccer team fell at home to Winthrop University by a score of 1-0 on Saturday night in Vert Stadium. Redshirt-sophomore Kody Palmer made four saves in the loss.
“I thought the overall game was pretty even but when we made an error they made us pay,” HPU head coach Dustin Fonder said. “We would have loved to push this game to overtime and have a chance to get three points. We will have to learn from this and get better as we get ready to face Radford.”
The only goal of the game came in the 33rd minute when Winthrop went up 1-0 on a goal by Achille Obougou. The Eagles’ Mason Lavallet dribbled between two HPU defenders and dropped off a pass to Obougou at the right post and the forward tapped it in to put Winthrop up a goal.
High Point had chances to tie the score late in the contest as both junior Mamadee Nyepon and freshman Chris Ramsell each put shots on goal but were unable to beat the Winthrop keeper.
The Panthers finished with a slim 13-12 advantage in shots, putting five on frame. Nyepon had five shots in the game to lead HPU.
The loss drops High Point to 4-7-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the Big South on the season. Winthrop improves to 8-4-1 overall and 2-3-0 in conference play.
HPU’s next game comes on Wednesday, when the team travels to Radford, Va., to take on the Radford Highlanders. The game is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m.
RADFORD WOMEN NIP HPU IN OVERTIME
HIGH POINT — The High Point University women’s soccer team fell to Radford in overtime by a score of 2-1 on Saturday night at Vert Stadium. Senior Kelli Joline scored the lone goal of the game for HPU.
“I am proud of the way the girls fought tonight against the two-time defending Big South Champion,” HPU head coach Marty Beall said. “Radford showed why they are the defending champion and why they have not lost a game in conference this season. I thought we created great chances and that our team defense was fantastic. To lose this game the way we did it really stings.”
Radford scored the game winner in the final minute of the first overtime period when Sydney Golden scored on a free kick from 20-yards away. The Highlanders drew a free kick just outside the box on the left side of goal and Golden slotted a low line-drive kick just inside the near post to give Radford the win.
High Point took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute on a goal by Joline. Junior Jacky Kessler intercepted a pass from a Radford midfielder and carried it up the left side before hitting a lofted cross into the box. Joline shot the ball out of the air over the hands of the RU keeper for the score. The goal was Joline’s fourth of the season.
The Highlanders got a goal back to tie the score at 1-1 in the 75th minute on an own goal by HPU’s Alise Leompte. Julie Ruh’e got to the end line and hit a cross in front of goal where it hit off LeCompte and into the net.
Joline finished with five shots to pace the Panthers while senior Becca Hemby and redshirt-freshman Kelsey Perrell each finished with four.
Senior Jesse May made three saves in the loss for High Point. Radford’s Che’ Brown stopped six shots in the contest.
High Point drops to 5-9-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the Big South. Radford improves to 12-1-1, 8-0-0.
The Panthers return to action on Wednesday when the team hosts Charleston Southern at Vert Stadium. The game is set to kick off at 7 p.m.