Volleyball advances to semifinals

GREENEVILLE, TN -- The sixth-seeded Catawba College Lady Indians defeated the third-seeded Wingate University Bulldogs in four games in the first round of the 2001 Food Lion SAC Tournament. It was the eight straight win for Catawba, who improves to 13-13. Wingate falls to 26-11. Catawba made an impressive comeback after losing game one, 30-19. After trailing 1-0, Catawba reset and pulled off a two-point (32-30) win in game two that gave them the confidence they needed to win the match. They won games three and four rather impressively. After a 30-21 win in the third stanza, the Indians rolled to a 30-18 victory in the final frame. Junior middle hitter and second team All-SAC selection Rachel LaRoche (Wilmington, DE) led Catawba's attack along with the strong setting performance of junior Lettie Wilkes (Williamsport, MD). LaRoche recorded 18 kills and Wilkes supplied the Indian offense with 50 assists in the match. Freshman outside hitter Hope Miller (Newton, NC) tallied 29 digs in the win. Sophomore hitter Lindsay Hinson led Wingate with 17 kills and three service aces. The SAC Player of the Year, Stephanie Poole, recorded 45 assists in the loss. Freshman hitter Shaunna Dixon led Wingate's defense with 24 digs in the contest. Catawba will meet Carson-Newman College in the semifinal round at 7:00 p.m. The Eagles defeated Newberry College 3-0 to advance to the semifinals. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 4 #6 Catawba (13-13) 19 32 30 30 #3 Wingate (26-11) 30 30 21 18 Leaders Kills: CC - Rachel LaRoche 18, Hope Miller 16; WU - Lindsay Hinson 17 Digs: CC - Miller 29, Lettie Wilkes 16; WU - Shaunna Dixon 24 Blocks: CC - Elizabeth Hewitt 5-2/7, Heather Hawkins 1-2/3, LaRoche 0-3/3; WU - Barbie Baltimore 4 Assists: CC - Lettie Wilkes 50; WU - Stephanie Poole 45 Aces: CC - Wilkes 8, Crystal Bonner 4; WU - Hinson 3 #######

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