Volleyball season ends with loss in SAC Tournament

SALISBURY, NC -- Wingate University advanced to the semifinals of the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament with a three-game sweep of fourth-seeded and host Catawba at Goodman Gym on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs, seeded fifth, won by the scores of 30-22, 30-15 and 30-18 in improving to 14-15 on the year. They will play the winner of top-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum in one of Saturday’s semifinals at Newberry College. Catawba ends its season at 13-12. Sophomore Molly Kerns (Bellefontaine, OH) helped lead the Bulldogs with 12 kills and a pair of blocks. Sophomore Lauren Alley (Bristol, TN) had 11 kills and four blocks. Senior Heather Hawkins (Troutman, NC) and junior Summer Zuck (Kingston, TN) led Catawba with eight kills apiece. Catawba had an early lead in game one, getting aces from Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) and Jessica Cleary (Boca Raton, FL) to build a 9-5 edge. Hewitt had two kills, a block and another ace to keep the Lady Indians in front at 17-12. Wingate would begin to fight back, scoring 16 of the next 20 points to go up 28-21 on a combo block by Alley and Rebecca Brezovec (Durham, NC). Alley had the final two kills of the game. Wingate jumped to a 4-0 lead in game two and never trailed. Danielle Thompson (Channelview, TX) had three kills and a block in a run that gave the Bulldogs a 20-10 lead. Crissi Harrison (Hickory, NC) had two assisted blocks and a kill to get the Lady Indians within 24-15. Alley had a kill and block to regain the Wingate momentum and Kerns killed off the final point. Brezovec had three assisted blocks at the opening of the third game for Wingate to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead. Catawba tied the score at 4-4, but Thompson had three kills in a 5-1 run to put Wingate up 15-8. Catawba got within 16-12 on consecutive kills by Harrison, but could get no closer. Wingate scored 12 of 15 points from that point to lead 28-15. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 Wingate (14-15) 30 30 30 Catawba (13-12) 22 15 18 Leaders Kills: C - Heather Hawkins 8, Summer Zuck 8; W - Molly Kerns 12, Lauren Alley 11. Digs: C - Crystal Bonner 22, Jessica Cleary 9; W - Amanda Siegrist 22, Danielle Thompson 12. Blocks: C - Crissi Harrison 1-3/4, Zuck 1-1/2, Amanda Nantz 0-2/2; W - Rebecca Brezovec 0-5/5, Alley 0-4/4, Thompson 1-2/3. Assists: C - Kelly Burdeau 14, Missy Bartholomew 11; W - Melissa Deluca 29, Sarah Godec 13 Service Aces: C - Cleary 2, Elizabeth Hewitt 2; W - Thompson 2, Siegrist 1. ATT: 208 Time – 1:17 #######

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