Volleyball drops opener to #6 Tampa

SALISBURY, NC Catawba College dropped its 2004 volleyball opener to sixth-ranked Tampa in three games on Friday night at Goodman Gym in the Catawba Volleyball Invitational. The Spartans won by the scores of 30-20, 30-27 and 30-10. The win improves Tampa to 3-1, while the Lady Indians fall to 0-1. In other action on Friday, Lenoir-Rhyne defeaded Pfeiffer 30-28, 30-24 and 30-18, Francis Marion rallied past NC Central 30-22, 20-30, 24-30, 30-23 and 16-14 and Lenoir-Rhyne defeated USC Upstate 30-25, 30-27 and 30-25. Tampa used a five-point run to pull away from an 8-8 tie in the opening game to move on top and later used a six-point spurt to go up 27-16. Ericka Womack (Tampa, FL) keyed the final run with a pair of blocks. She totaled five kills in the game, but left early in the second game with an ankle injury as Catawba grabbed a 5-0 lead. Catawba held a 9-5 edge in game two before Stephanie Rivera (Cabo Rojo, PUERTO RICO) led a five-point Tampa surge with three kills. Catawba stayed close throughout the game, getting three kills each from Hope Miller (Newton, NC), Crissi Harrison (Hickory, NC) and Summer Zuck (Kingston, TN). Leading 25-24, Tampa got a kill and combo block from Sara Ellis (Gainsville, FL) to take a 28-24 advantage. The Spartans controlled game three, jumping to quick 9-4 lead. Katelen Dixon (Clearwater, FL) had three kills, two blocks and two aces in the deciding third game. Harrison added three kills for Catawba. A seven-point run midway through the game gave Tampa a 23-7 edge. Dixon finished with 11 kills to pace the Spartans, while Rivera added nine kills and eight digs. Ellis had 30 assists along with three blocks, two aces and five digs. Harrison had eight kills and three blocks to lead Catawba with Zuck adding 12 digs and four kills. Miller had five kills and 11 digs. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 #6 Tampa (3-1) 30 30 30 Catawba (0-1) 20 27 10 Leaders Kills: C - Crissi Harrison 8, Hope Miller 5; T - Katelen Dixon 11, Stephanie Rivera 9. Digs: C - Crystal Bonner 16, Summer Zuck 12; T - Margeaux Sinibaldi 16, Kayla Mora 9. Blocks: C - Harrison 1-2/3; T Mora 0-4/4, Sara Ellis 0-3/3. Assists: C - Kelly Burdeau 11, Missy Bartholomew 7; T - Ellis 30, Amy Rumore 8. Aces: C - None; T - Sinibaldi 3, Dixon 2, Ellis 2. ATT: 453 Time 1:23 #######

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