Volleyball Powers past Mars Hill

SALISBURY, NC – Catawba got 18 kills from sophomore Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC) and swept visiting Mars Hill in three games in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.

Catawba won by the scores of 30-25, 30-22 and 30-18 and improved to 6-8 overall and 3-2 in the SAC. Mars Hill fell to 6-10 and 0-5. Mars Hill rallied from an early deficit to lead much of the opening game. Lindsey Phillips (Rosman, NC) served up four straight points, including an ace in an 11-3 run that gave the Lady Lions a 20-14 lead.

Catawba’s Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA) ended the run with a kill then served up four straight aces to cut the deficit to 20-19. A kill by freshman Jasmine Chunn (East Bend, NC) tied the match and Griffith would serve another three points, including an ace, to run the Tribe lead to 23-20.

Mars Hill cut the margin to 23-22 on an ace by Tiffany Oreka (Chesapeake, VA), but Catawba got a block and a kill from setter Andi Henderson (Swansboro, NC) to regain control and win the game. Catawba jumped out to a 17-10 lead in the second game and went on to the win.

Powers collected nine of her match-high 18 kills in the second game. Powers had four kills in a five-point run in the third game that gave Catawba an 18-13 lead which it never gave back. A pair of kills by Griffith extended the lead to 22-14 and Powers got the match-ending kill. Griffith joined Powers in double-digit kills for Catawba with 11 and had a team-leading 20 digs with five aces. Henderson had 12 digs and 41 assists, while Powers added four blocks to her 18 kills.

Rebekka Brown (Sierra Vista, AZ) led Mars Hill with nine kills and had two blocks. Brittany Enloe (Bat Cave, NC) had three aces.

1 2 3 Mars Hill (6-10, 0-5) 25 22 18 Catawba (6-8, 3-2) 30 30 30 Leaders Kills: C - Melissa Powers 18, Melissa Griffith 11; MH - Rebekka Brown 9, Danielle Mason 6. Digs: C - Griffith 20, Andi Henderson 12, Missy Bartholomew 12; MH - Jessica Britt 10, Tiffany Oreka 10. Blocks: C - Powers 1-3/4, Henderson 0-2/2, Jasmine Chunn 0-2/2, Nikki Bozick 0-2/2; MH - Allison Watkins 1-2/3, Brown 0-2/2. Assists: C - Henderson 41; MH - Britt 15, Kelly Koziel 11. Service Aces: C - Griffith 5, Henderson 3, Bartholomew 3; MH - Brittany Enloe 3. ATT: 108 Time – 1:21 #######

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