Volleyball falls in three games at Lenoir-Rhyne

HICKORY, NC Lenoir-Rhyne swept visiting Catawba in three games in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Tuesday night at Shuford Gym. The Bears won by the scores of 30-18, 30-24 and 30-13 to improve to 22-6 overall and 10-2 in the SAC. Catawba fell to 11-10 and 7-5. Lenoir-Rhyne benefited from three Lady Indian errors midway through the opening game in a 4-0 run that gave LR a 17-11 lead. Leslie Hinkle would deliver five kills in a 7-2 Bear run that extended the lead to 25-15 and led to the win in game one. Catawba kept game two close. Heather Hawkins (Troutman, NC) had three kills and Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) two as Catawba went from down 13-9 to trail just 18-16. A combo block from Hawkins and Crissi Harrison (Hickory, NC) brought Catawba to within 20-19, but two straight kills by Brittany Parkhill and a block gave the Bears a 23-19 edge. Another kill by Parkhill and two by Rebekah Steinlin upped the margin to 26-20. Parkhill added two kills to help end the second game. Lenoir-Rhyne dominated game three, scoring 16 of 17 points early to take a 17-2 lead. Steinlin had four kills, two blocks and an ace in the run. Catawba made a brief run down 21-4 as Harrison had three kills to bring the Lady Indians within 25-11. Harrison had 10 kills and two blocks to lead Catawba. Hawkins added nine kills, while Crystal Bonner (Yadkinville, NC) had 25 digs. Parkhill finished with 14 kills and 10 digs to pace Lenoir-Rhyne. Steinlin added 12 kills and three blocks, while Hinkle had 10 kills and 14 digs. Setter Lauren McLelland had 34 assists and an ace. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 Catawba (11-10, 7-5) 18 24 13 Lenoir-Rhyne (22-6, 10-2) 30 30 30 Leaders Kills: C - Crissi Harrison 10, Heather Hawkins 9; LR - Brittany Parkhill 14, Rebekah Steinlin 12, Leslie Hinkle 10. Digs: C - Crystal Bonner 25; LR - Hinkle 14, Parkhill 10. Blocks: C - Elizabeth Hewitt 1-1/2, Kelly Burdeau 1-1/2, Summer Zuck 1-1/2, Harrison 0-2/2; LR - Steinlin 1-2/3, Brandi Rickert 1-2/3 Assists: C - Missy Bartholomew 18, Kelly Burdeau 15; LR Lauren McLelland 34. Service Aces: C - None; LR - McLelland 1, Catherine Fulton 1. ATT: 150 Time 1:15 #######

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