Nantz, Powers help Volleyball snap 5-match skid

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba junior Amanda Nantz (Troutman, NC) and freshman Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC) each recorded career-highs with 22 kills to lead the Lady Indians to a four-game win over visiting Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym. Catawba snaps a five-match losing streak, winning by the scores of 30-25, 25-30, 30-20 and 30-24 and improving to 8-9 overall and 3-5 in the SAC. The Lady Lions fall to 9-15 and 1-6. Nantz also chipped in with four blocks with freshmen Kalin Collier (Rural Hall, NC) and Kendra Eliott (Eden, NC) each recording three blocks. Freshman Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA) had 20 kills and 12 digs with Andi Henderson (Swansboro, NC) collecting 65 assists and Missy Bartholomew (New Carlisle, IN) registering 26 digs. Ashley Beasley (Winter Park, FL) and Rebekka Brown (Sierra Vista, AZ) each posted 15 kills for Mars Hill, while Tiffany Oreka (Chesapeake, VA) had 20 digs. Jessica Britt (Chesapeake, VA) had 42 assists and 13 digs. Catawba broke away from a 10-10 tie in the opener with a 6-0 run as Griffith recorded three kills and an ace in the spurt. Mars Hill pulled within 23-22 on an ace by Brittany Enloe (Bat Cave, NC), but Powers and Nantz each had two kills as Catawba went up 28-23. The Lady Lions jumped to an 18-8 edge in the second game led by a pair of aces by Sara Cole (Boone, NC). Catawba pulled within 27-24, but key kills by Brown and Britt put Mars Hill over the top. The Lady Indians led game three 18-17 when Powers recorded a kill and Bartholomew served up four points for a 23-17 lead. Jessica Cleary (Boca Raton, FL) served up an ace for the final point. Nantz recorded three straight kills in a six-point run in game four that pushed Catawba to a 12-6 lead. Mars Hill cut the deficit to 19-16, but an ace by Cleary and a kill by Nantz helped Catawba to a 22-16 lead. Powers would kill off the final point. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 4 Mars Hill (9-15, 1-6) 25 30 20 24 Catawba (8-9, 3-5) 30 25 30 30 Leaders Kills: C - Amanda Nantz 22, Melissa Powers 22, Melissa Griffith 20; MH - Ashley Beasley 15, Rebekka Brown 15. Digs: C - Missy Bartholomew 26, Jessica Cleary 13, Griffith 12; MH - Tiffany Oreka 20, Jessica Britt 13. Blocks: C - Nantz 1-3/4, Kendra Elliott 1-2/3, Kalin Collier 1-2/3; MH - Jhane’ Zarghami 2-1/3, Jennifer Johnson 1-1/2. Assists: C - Andi Henderson 65; MH - Britt 42. Service Aces: C - Griffith 3, Cleary 2, Summer Zuck 2; MH - Johnson 2, Sara Cole 2. ATT: 122 Time – 1:44 #######

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