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Volleyball takes conference opener at LR in four

HICKORY, NC -- Catawba College found its stride early in the second game and went on to defeat host Lenoir-Rhyne in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Tuesday night at Shuford Gym. The Lady Indians improve to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in the SAC with the 29-31, 30-25, 30-17 and 30-19 win. The Bears fall to 7-5, 0-1. After dropping the opening game 31-29, Catawba was in a 9-1 hole in game two when the Lady Indians began to fight back. A 7-3 Catawba run trimmed the deficit to 12-8 and consecutive kills by freshman Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC) gave the Lady Indians a 16-15 lead. Lenoir-Rhyne would pull within 22-21, but two kills by freshman Kalin Collier (Rural Hall, NC) led a five-point run that gave Catawba a 26-21 lead. Collier finished with a career-high 12 kills, while Powers followed with a career-best 11 kills. Catawba rolled in game three, hitting 43% for the game. A kill by freshman Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA) started a 15-4 surge that gave the Lady Indians a 24-13 lead. The Lady Indians jumped to a 17-9 lead in the fourth game and never looked back. Catawba had seven of its 14 aces in the final game, three coming from Amanda Nantz (Troutman, NC). Catawba also played well defensively with 60 digs and a dozen blocks. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 4 Catawba (6-4, 1-0) 29 30 30 30 Lenoir-Rhyne (7-5, 0-1) 31 25 17 19 Leaders Kills: C - Melissa Griffith 17, Amanda Nantz 14; LR - Angela Danley 13, Kathryn Phillips 9. Digs: C - Griffith 16, Missy Bartholomew 11; LR - Catherine Fulton 17. Blocks: C - Nantz 1-5/6, Melissa Powers 1-5/6, Kendra Elliot 0-4/4; LR Phillips 0-6/6, Abby Smith 0-5/5. Assists: C - Andi Henderson 53; LR - Lauren McLelland 36. Service Aces: C - Henderson 4, Nantz 4, Griffith 3, Bartholomew 3; LR - Logan Byrnes 2. ATT: 135 Time 1:46 #######

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