Oct. 4, 2013
CONWAY - Led by Chelsea Davis' 29 kills the Panthers of High Point University came from behind to spoil Coastal Carolina's Big South Conference home opener Friday night, 3-2. The Chanticleers won the opening two sets of the match but were unable to hold on as the Panthers took the final three sets to hand Coastal its second five-set loss in as many matches.
High Point improved its conference record to 1-1 while upping its overall mark to 7-10. The Chants fell to 1-2 in conference play and 8-8 overall.
Davis led all hitters on the night with her 29 kills while adding 14 digs and two blocks. Kristin Heldt added 16 kills, 20 digs and two blocks for HPU's second double-double of the night. Libero Annemarie Chin had a match-high 34 digs.
CCU was led by sophomore Gabriella Horvath who had 19 kills, 14 digs and three blocks. Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett also had a double-double with 15 kills, 16 digs and three blocks while senior Lauren Alejo made it three double-doubles with 38 assists, 15 digs and one block.
The Chants took the opening two sets 25-19 and 25-18 before HPU rattled off a pair of set victories, 25-19 and 25-23. The fifth set went down to the wire as the Panthers pulled out a 18-16 victory.
With their backs against the wall, trailing 14-11 in the fifth set, the Panthers fought off three-straight match points and tied the set 14-14 on a kill by Davis. Davis and Savannah Angel combined to block Horvath to bring up match point for High Point 15-14. The lead went back and forth with ties at 15-15 and 16-16. Heldt put down back-to-back kills for the final two points of the match.
The Chants will return to action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. as they host Campbell University who defeated Charleston Southern on the road 3-0 Friday night. The Panthers will travel to Charleston Southern tomorrow night for a 6 p.m. match.