GREENSBORO, NC – Senior Theresa Hart tied her career-high with 27 kills and freshman Catherine Hanners set a school record for digs to lead the UNC Greensboro women’s volleyball team to a 3-2 victory over local-rival High Point on Tuesday evening at Fleming Gym.
Hart, a first-year transfer from the University of San Francisco, notched her career-high in kills for the second time in the last three matches after posting a similar number on Saturday in a 3-2 win over UNC Asheville.
Hanners set a UNCG record with 34 digs over the five games, while sophomore Kaitlyn Nortz added a season-high 18 kills and senior Hilary Overby had 10 kills in the win. Freshman Lisa Fawell handed out a season-high 62 assists.
Audie Gonzalez led High Point (1-4) with 17 kills and 23 digs, while Jamie Kaufman and Sabrina Wahid contributed 16 and 11 kills respectively. Kristina Taylor handed out 52 assists.
UNCG (7-2) won the first two games of the match before the intermission to take a commanding 2-0 lead. However, High Point regrouped and won the next two games, 30-27 and 30-23, to send the match into a fifth game.
In the matches deciding game, UNCG used a 6-0 run to stretch its lead to 11-4. The Panthers rallied with five straight points of their own to get within 12-10, but Hart took over from there by putting away the final three points to give the Spartans a victory in their home opener of the 2006 season.
Game one was tightly contested until UNCG moved in front 15-11 midway through the opening game. The Spartans would hold the lead throughout until closing out capturing the first game, 30-19.
The Panthers played well in the early parts of game two and led 15-11, but an 11-4 run by UNCG, which was capped by a kill by sophomore Liz Benzschawel, put them up 22-19. High Point never got any closer as the Spartans went up 2-0 with a comfortable 30-24 win in game two.
The momentum of the match completely changed after the intermission. UNCG started well and actually led 10-5 early, but a 13-3 spurt put High Point up 18-13 after a kill by Wahid. The Panthers held the lead the rest of the way and grabbed a 30-27 win in game three.
It was more of the same in game four for the visitors. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead, 13-8, and cruised to a 30-23 win to set up the deciding fifth game.
UNCG competes in the Gardner-Webb Tournament this Friday and Saturday in Boiling Springs, NC.
UNC Greensboro def. High Point 30-19, 30-24, 27-30, 23-30, 15-12
High Point (1-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - GONZALEZ, Audie 17-2-0; KAUFMAN, Jamie 16-0-0; WAHID, Sabrina 11-0-2; RAUS, Lindsay 8-0-4; KAMINSKAS, Megan 4-0-4; TAYLOR, Kristina 2-1-1; HATCH, Lauren 1-0-0; MELLOTT, Ashley 0-0-1; Totals 59-3-6.0. (Assists) - TAYLOR, Kristina 52. (Dig leaders) - GONZALEZ, Audie 23; KAUFMAN, Jamie 20; KALTENEGGER, Whitney 19; HATCH, Lauren 9.
UNC Greensboro (7-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Theresa Hart 27-0-1; Kaitlyn Nortz 18-0-4; Hilary Overby 10-1-2; Liz Benzschawel 6-0-2; Branagan Fuller 6-0-1; Lauren Keiser 4-1-2; Lisa Fawell 2-1-0; Kayleigh Knerr 0-1-0; Catherine Hanners 0-4-0; Totals 73-8-6.0. (Assists) - Lisa Fawell 62. (Dig leaders) - Catherine Hanners 34; Theresa Hart 19; Hilary Overby 12; Lisa Fawell 10; Kayleigh Knerr 8.
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