Volleyball sweeps Mars Hill 3-0

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College swept visiting Mars Hill in three games in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. Catawba improves to 6-5 overall and 3-2 in the SAC, winning by the scores of 30-24, 32-30 and 30-17. The Lady Lions fall to 10-10 and 1-4. Catawba used an early 5-0 run to grab a 10-5 lead in the opening game. Hope Miller (Newton, NC) followed with two kills and an ace as the Lady Indians increased the margin to 19-11 and Catawba kept a safe margin the rest of the game. Sarah Nash (Louisville, KY) had a pair of early kills to stake Mars Hill to an early 4-1 lead in game two. The Lady Lions would keep a small lead most of the game until a pair of kills by Heather Hawkins (Troutman, NC) keyed a five-point Catawba run that put the Lady Indians up 22-19. Catawba would lead 27-22, but two aces by Sara Cole (Boone, NC) helped Mars Hill tie the game at 27-27. A kill by Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) and an ace by Summer Zuck (Kingston, TN) gave Catawba a 29-27 lead, but a kill by Jennifer Johnson (Blountsville, TN) and two by Nash put the Lady Lions up 30-29. A service ace tied the game and Hewitt had a combo block and an ace to close out the game for Catawba. At 9-8 in the third game, Catawba would begin to pull away, scoring six of eight points to go up 15-10. An ace by Zuck and two kills by Hewitt led a push that gave the Lady Indians a 23-14 lead to secure the outcome. Crissi Harrison (Hickory, NC) led Catawba with 16 kills and added two blocks and seven digs. Hewitt had 14 kills, while Hawkins had eight kills, three aces, three blocks and five digs. Nash had 19 kills and a dozen digs to pace Mars Hill. Johnson added a dozen kills, while Tiffany Oreka (Chesapeake, VA) recorded 16 digs. 1 2 3 Mars Hill (10-10, 1-4) 24 30 17 Catawba (6-5, 4-2) 30 32 30 Kills: C - Crissi Harrison 16, Elizabeth Hewitt 14; MH - Sarah Nash 19, Jennifer Johnson 12. Digs: C - Hope Miller 12, Crystal Bonner 10; MH - Tiffany Oreka 16, Nash 12. Blocks: C - Heather Hawkins 1-2/3, Kelly Burdeau 1-1/2, Harrison 0-2/2; MH - Johnson 0-2/2. Assists: C - Burdeau 21, Missy Bartholomew 20; MH - Cara Crouse 42. Aces: C - Hawkins 3, Summer Zuck 2; MH - Sara Cole 2, Aubrey Adams 2. ATT: 62 Time: 1:29 #####

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