Nov. 21, 2008

Courtesy of Anderson Athletics

WINGATE, N.C. -- Wingate University picked up its first-ever NCAA Division II volleyball post-season victory, blanking Anderson University 3-0 in the opening round of the Southeast Regional Friday night in the Cuddy Arena.

Wingate won the NCAA regional quarterfinal contest 25-23, 26-24 and 25-18 to capture its 29th consecutive victory. The Bulldogs improve to 31-1 overall on the season. Anderson completes the 2008 campaign 24-14 overall. Both teams won their respective conference tournament titles this season.

Bulldog senior outside hitter Kathryn Reddick hit .450 to lead both offenses Friday night. One of two four-year letter winners on the Wingate roster, Reddick had 11 kills, two errors and 20 total attacks.

Wingate sophomore middle blocker Stormi Gale shared match-high honors with 14 kills. Classmate Lauren Billo contributed 12 kills for the victorious Bulldogs.

Chelsea Cancelliere led the Wingate defense. The junior defensive specialist took match-high honors with 16 digs. Bulldog freshman libero Maggie Malone added 14 digs. Wingate freshman setter Liz Willis had 40 assists and 11 digs to post her 10th double-double this season.

For Anderson, senior outside hitter Amanda Edwards led the way with 14 kills. She was one of two Trojans with a double-double, as she also posted 10 digs. Edwards recorded a team-best .312 hitting percentage (14 kills, four errors, 32 total attacks).

Trojan sophomore outside hitter Jamie Lancaster added 12 kills and 14 digs. Sophomore setter Lindsay Doggett had 35 assists and eight digs for AU, while sophomore libero Adria Mullaney recorded 13 digs.

The Bulldogs moved quickly out of the gates, hitting .417 in the first set (18 kills, three errors, 36 total attacks). A Billo kill gave Wingate the lead for good at 13-12. Five different players had a kill for the Bulldogs in the first stanza.

In game two, Reddick topped the charts with five kills. She hit .556 in the second frame. Anderson had 20 kills in the second set, compared to 18 for Wingate. Edwards had 10 kills in the second set. Doggett passed out 18 assists.

Wingate bolted to a 7-1 lead in set three and never looked back. Bulldog freshman outside hitter Janice Ehorn had four kills in the third set. Both teams cooled down in the third set, as Wingate hit .208 (17 kills, seven errors, 48 total attacks). Anderson hit .000 with seven kills, seven errors and 42 total swings in the third set.

Wingate concluded the evening with a .294 hitting percentage. The Bulldog offensive stat line included 53 kills, 13 errors and 136 total attacks. Wingate’s defense was solid, with four players collecting double-figure digs. In addition to Cancelliere, Malone and Willis, Bulldog junior defensive specialist Brittany Horner joined the club with 10 digs.

Anderson hit .182 for the match with 41 kills, 17 errors and 132 total attacks. The Trojans had 63 digs (compared to 66 for the Bulldogs) with four players reaching 10 or more. Wingate won the blocking battle with two block solos and 12 block assists. Anderson managed only one block solo and two block assists.