CSU Bakersfield 3, Charlotte 1 [25-17, 28-30, 25-15, 29-27] Davidson 3, Charlotte 2 [26-24, 25-15, 15-25, 22-25, 15-11]
Senior MH Amanda Videmsek had her first double-double of the season with 18 kills and 13 digs against Davidson in Charlotte's second match of the Wildcat Classic. Freshman Claire Kreuz led the team with 19 kills and owns a team-best 32 in two matches. Sophomore S Britney Leigh Held collected her third -career double-double, with 48 assists and 10 digs in the match against CSU Bakersfield.
Wake Forest 3, East Carolina 0 [25-16,25-14,25-18]
Senior OH Nicole Willis and senior MB Virginia Fitch had six kills each at the Deacon Invitational inside the Reynolds Gym. Willis finished the match with six kills, five digs, two block assists and a service ace, while Fitch posted six kills, one block assist and hit .235 in the contest.
High Point 3, FIU 2 [25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 22-25, 15-13] South Carolina 3, FIU 0 [25-12,25-22,25-14]
Junior OH Ksenia Sukhareva led FIU with 23 kills and 10 digs in two matches. Senior MB Kimberly Smith (13), Sophomore MB Gloria Levorin (12) and senior OH CeCe Spencer (12) also had 10 or more kills at days end. Spencer finished the seven sets with a .524 [12K/1E/21TA] hitting efficiency and sic blocks.
FAU had four players with 15 or more kills in two matches. Freshman OH Kristi Tekavec landed a team-best 20, followed by sophomore MB Jennifer St. Sume's 19 and 18 kills by junior OH Alessia Pizzoccheri. Junior MB Ivana Bulajic added 15 kills. Pizzoccheri also had 20 digs, while freshman L Nathalie Rosado produced a team-best 26 in seven sets.
Louisiana Tech 3, Grambling 0 [25-15,25-18,25-9]
Head coach Adriano de Souza started three true freshmen in Angela Papach (7K/2BA), Marta Monne (3K/7D) and Alejandra Aviles (7D). Louisiana Tech was led by junior OH Rebecca Redgen, a junior college transfer who totaled a team-high nine kills with a .500 hitting percentage. Sophomore S Maria Coelho totaled 26 assists.
Virginia 3, Marshall 0 [25-17,25-18,29-27]
Sophomore MB Jillian Shemanski had a team-high nine kills while hitting .615. Senior L Dorothy Rahal recorded 12 digs and senior OH Laura Der collected eight kills and two blocks. Junior S Sammie Bane led the Herd with 23 assists.
Middle Tennessee 3, San Francisco 2 [18-25,25-19,25-20,18-25,16-14]
Sophomore OH Chelsea Ross tallied 26 kills, while freshman OH Jale Harvey notched 15 in her collegiate debut at Alumni Memorial Gym. Sophomore S Shelby Anderton tallied 43 assists, while redshirt-junior Kendall Howard posted a career-high 22 digs, serving as the libero after missing all of the 2012 season.
Loyola Marymount 3, North Texas 0 [25-15,25-22,25-21]
North Texas suffered its first season opening loss since dropping a five-setter match to UTSA in 2009. With 11 kills, sophomore OH Carnae Dillard led the offensive, while senior OH Courtney Windham tallied five total blocks. In her first match with North Texas, highly-touted freshman S Amy Henard dished out 24 assists.
Fresno State 3, Rice 2 [25-22,23-25,21-25,26-24,15-12]
Senior OH Mariah Riddlesprigger was one of three Owls to produce a double-double in the opening match of the 2013 season. She had 15 kills and 11 digs, followed by senior S Megan Murphy who had 10 kills and 52 assists, to go along with six blocks and five digs. Junior MB Jillian Humphrey tied a career-high with 11 blocks and added in 11 kills, for her first double-double since 2011. Rice drops its season opener for only the second time in the past six years.
Southern Miss 3, Jackson State 0, [25-12, 25-17, 25-17]
Sophomore MB Quinci Hayward had a match-high 13 kills with just three errors in 24 attempts for a solid .417 hitting percentage. Junior S Kristen Fleming dished out a match-best 35 assists, while sophomore L Mary Pursell also collected a game-high 15 digs.
Tulane 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 [25-10,25-22,25-15]
Freshman OH Annie Shurtz led the team in kills with 15, while senior MB Cori Martone addded 13 at Devlin Fieldhouse in the Kathy Trosclair Memorial Tournament. Freshman MB Sarah Strasner led the team in block assists with six.
Junior OH Valerie El Houssine led the team with 15 kills and had a match-high 21 digs, while senior OH Kellie Culbertson added 11 kills and 14 digs. Junior S Bailey Clampitt led the team with 22 assists, followed by freshman Genesis Viera's 21 assists in the Frericks Center as part of the Dayton Invitational.
UAB 3, Mercer 0 [25-20,25-16,25-18]
#6 Minnesota 3, UAB 0 [25-19, 25-14, 25-17]
Leading UAB against Minnesota was sophomore OH Sam Skinner. The 2012 C-USA Freshman of the Year tallied 16 kills to just six errors on 39 attempts for a .256 clip. Senior L Rachel Fairbanks grabbed a match-best 17 digs as part of the UAB/Samford Volleyball Tournament at Bartow Arena. Junior MB Kiriana Hirini matched a career-best with 13 kills against Mercer. She also led the team in blocks as she registered four (one solo). Junior MB Sara Rishell tallied 10 kills and registered a team-best .471 attacking percentage.
(RV) San Diego 3, UTEP 1 [25-14,22-25,25-23,25-20]
Senior MB Xitlali Herrera had a team-high 15 kills and 12 digs for an opening season double-double. Junior OH Taylor Nix followed with 11 kills and a .333 clip.
LSU 3, UTSA 1 [25-22, 25-17, 28-30, 25-21]
Senior OH McKenzie Adams recorded a match- and C-USA daily high 29 kills and 20 digs on the opening day of the LSU Tiger Classic at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. Adams, the Preseason C-USA Player of the Year, added three block assists, hit .344 for the match and tallied 30.5 points. Sophomore L Annie Kunes posted a match-high 26 digs and senior S Brandy Huskey led all players with 50 assists.
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UPCOMING SCHEDULE SATURDAY, AUG. 31 Wildcat Classic (Davidson, N.C.)
Charlotte vs. Charleston Southern | 10 a.m. Wake Forest Invitational (Winston Salem, N.C.)
East Carolina vs. UNC Greensboro | 9 a.m.
East Carolina vs. East Tennessee State | 3:30 p.m. Gamecock Invitational (Columbia, S.C.)
FIU vs. South Carolina State | 10 a.m. FAU INVITATIONAL
Bethune-Cookman at FAU | 2 p.m. UT Arlington Tournament (Arlington, Texas)
LA Tech vs. Abilene Christian | 11 a.m.
LA Tech at UT Arlington | 7 p.m. Virginia Tournament (Charlottesville, Va.)
Marshall vs. Montana | 9 a.m.
Marshall vs. James Madison | 3:30 p.m. BLUE RAIDER BASH
Notre Dame at Middle Tennessee | 11 a.m.
North Carolina at Middle Tennessee | 7:30 p.m. Loyola Marymount Tournament (Los Angeles, Calif.)
North Texas vs. UCLA | 10 a.m.
North Texas vs. Albany | 4:30 p.m. Fresno State Bulldog Invitational (Fresno, Calif.)
Rice vs. Cal State Northridge | 12 p.m.
Rice vs. Santa Clara | 7 p.m. SOUTHERN MISS INVITATIONAL
Troy at Southern Miss | 11 a.m.
Stephen F. Austin at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. KATHY TROSCLAIR MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
Rider at Tulane | 10 a.m.
Nicholls State at Tulane | 7 p.m. Dayton Invitational (Dayton, Ohio)
Tulsa vs. Missouri State | 9 a.m.
Tulsa vs. Northeastern | 4:30 p.m. UAB/SAMFORD CHALLENGE
Presbyterian at UAB | 10 a.m.
Jacksonville State at UAB | 3 p.m. Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Honolulu, Hawaii)
UTEP vs. Texas | 4 p.m. LSU Tournament (Baton Rouge, La.)
UTSA vs. San Diego State | 12:30 p.m.
UTSA vs. UC Davis | 5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 1 Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Honolulu, Hawaii)
UTEP at Hawaii | 1 p.m.
MONDAY, SEPT. 2
Marshall at Eastern Kentucky | 1 p.m.
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