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Volleyball's streak moves to 58, Wilkinson on to championship

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Winthrop volleyball team collected its 58th straight win in Big South Conference matches, defeating UNC Asheville 30-28, 25-30, 30-23, 30-20 Saturday afternoon.

Winthrop has won its last seven matches and is now 9-9 on the year and 4-0 in conference action, while UNC Asheville falls to 6-15 on the season and 0-4 in league play.

"Overall, it was a great job by our team to step up to the challenge that Asheville gave us. We really went after them from the service line after struggling with our serving last night," Winthrop coach Sally Polhamus said. "I'm very excited with the character that we showed in games three and four and how we finished the match. So we definitely grew as a team this weekend, and I'm looking forward to next weekend."

For the second match in a row, four Eagles posted double-digit numbers for kills with freshman outside hitter Kellie Sellers and junior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann leading the way with 16 apiece. Freshman setter Kelsey Hall also had a sound performanc, falling two kills short of recording a triple-double. Hall gathered eight kills, 57 assists and 11 digs.

Junior libero Pohai Nu'uhiwa anchored the Winthrop defense one more time as she tallied 27 digs. Sellers, who picked up her 10th double-double of the year, and senior outside hitter Tara Toepke were also in double figures for digs.

For UNC Asheville, Kelsey Benorden had 14 kills to lead the offense, while Raquel Miotto notched 26 digs to stand out on the back.

The Eagles stay on the road for conference games at Charleston Southern on Friday at 7 p.m. and Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

• TENNIS: In Blacksburg, Va., Winthrop freshman Lisa Wilkinson is still making some noise at the Hokie Fall Invitational as she advanced to the flight "B" championship match.

Wilkinson, who is playing in her first collegiate event, swept Ally Mueller, who is a starter for No. 54th Ohio State, in a 6-2, 6-4 decision.

The Wellington, New Zealand, native now takes on Virginia Tech's Holly Johnson in Sunday's championship match.

After dropping their first-round match to Ohio State's Cameron Hubbs and Mueller, Wilkinson and her partner, sophomore Yelena Fadina, defeated Marshall's duo of Yulia Kashelkina and Jessica Keener 8-6 and the Davidson team of Teresa Wang and Kim Whelan 8-0 to advance to the flight "A" consolation final match.

In singles, Fadina collected a loss against James Madison's Kristin Nimitz 6-1, 6-7, 10-6, while sophomore Paula Pereira couldn't hold on against Radford's Ashton Downs, falling 6-4, 6-1.

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