Volleyball rolls to league-opening win

SALISBURY, NC Catawba College opened league play with a three-game sweep of visiting Tusculum in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym. The Lady Indians improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the SAC, winning by the scores of 30-23, 30-18 and 30-14. The Pioneers fall to 4-5 and 0-1. A pair of kills by junior Summer Zuck (Kingston, TN) helped Catawba to a 4-0 lead in the opening game and a pair of kills by Heather Hawkins (Troutman, NC) upped the Tribe lead to 9-3. Stephanie Jaeger (Champlin, MN) aided a Tusculum run with a pair of aces as the Pioneers would close the gap to 9-7. Tusculum stayed close and were within 19-18 following a kill by Shawna Voigt (Dayton, MN), but Catawba scored 11 of the final 16 points, two on aces by Zuck and the final two on kills by Hope Miller (Newton, NC) to take the game. Catawba again jumped to a 4-0 lead in game two with Miller recording two early kills. Leading 11-7, the Lady Indians began to pull away with two kills by Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) then an ace to cap a run that saw the lead bulge to 19-9. Crissi Harrison (Hickory, NC) added four late kills and finished the game with six. Carrie Miller (Johnson City, TN) had four kills for Tusculum in the game. The Lady Indians trailed 4-3 early in the third game, but took control with a 15-4 run to take an 18-8 lead. Harrison added five more kills in the game. Miller had three kills and an ace. Harrison recorded a 13 kills to lead Catawba, while Miller and Hawkins each added 10. Libero Crystal Bonner (Yadkinville, NC) had 11 digs and two aces. Jaeger and Miller each had six kills for Tusculum with Miller adding 11 digs. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 Tusculum (4-5, 0-1) 23 18 14 Catawba (3-2, 1-0) 30 30 30 Leaders Kills: C - Crissi Harrison 13, Hope Miller 10, Heather Hawkins 10; T - Stephanie Jaeger 6, Carrie Miller 6. Digs: C - Crystal Bonner 11, Summer Zuck 10; T - Sarah King 11, Miller 11. Blocks: C - Elizabeth Hewitt 2-1/3, Hawkins 0-2/2, Harrison 0-2/2; T - Shawna Voigt 1-0/1, Jessica Horton 0-1/1, Lindsey McGrady 0-1/1. Assists: C - Missy Bartholomew 28, Kelly Burdeau 16; T - Brittany Driggers 10, Sarah Byrd 6. Aces: C - Elizabeth Hewitt 3, Zuck 2, Miller 2, Bonner 2; T - Jaeger 3. ATT: 183 Time 1:11 #######

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