Volleyball rebounds with 3-1 win at Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry’s bid for a second come from behind victory over Catawba fell short Saturday, falling 3-1. Laurie Barman notched 17 kills for Newberry while Cara Coleman added 11 and Jamie Foster-Mann added another 10. Melissa Griffith had 14 kills and 19 digs for Catawba while Amanda Nantz added 13 kills and Melissa Powers notched 12 kills. Game scores were 14-30, 22-30, 30-19 and 26-30. Newberry (11-15, 5-8 South Atlantic) hit .114 to Catawba’s .199 while Catawba (11-14, 5-8 SAC) had 12 service aces to Newberry’s eight. Catawba outblocked Newberry 11-8.5 and recorded 73 digs to Newberry’s 63. Newberry is in the middle of a four-match losing streak with their last win coming on Oct. 19, a 3-1 decision at Augusta State. The loss drops Newberry into a tie for fifth place in the conference with Catawba as each team has one regular season conference match remaining. The 2005 Food Lion SAC Volleyball Tournament will be on Nov. 12-13 at Lenoir-Rhyne College. Newberry’s game one curse struck again as Catawba rolled to a 30-14 victory to start off the match. Newberry has only won game one in six of their 26 matches this season, falling in 77% of the other first games. Catawba notched six service aces in the game while Newberry hit .047 to Catawba’s .361. Barman and Coleman each had four kills for Newberry while Catawba was led by Griffith and Powers with five kills apiece. Newberry’s defense came alive in game two, holding Catawba to a .190 hitting percentage. Tonya Deese recorded her second block solo in as many games while Coleman and Jessica Lipsi each recorded four digs for Newberry. Barman led the Scarlet and Gray with six kills while Nantz paced Catawba with five kills in the game. Newberry rolled to a 30-19 game two victory behind the stellar serving of Cara Coleman, who recorded four aces, three of which came within the span of four serves early in the game. Foster-Mann notched five kills as Newberry hit .286 in the game. Powers led Catawba with three kills as Catawba’s offense struggled in the game, only hitting .065. Game four was a nail biter as Newberry found themselves down 25-20 before rallying to tie the game at 25. However, Catawba fought back and ended the game on a 4-0 run after the game was tied at 26 to seal the 3-1 victory.

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