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Career-high 27 kills by Powers lifts Volleyball to win over Tusculum

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba got a career-high 27 kills from sophomore Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC) and outlasted Tusculum to earn a four-game win in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym.

The Catawba Indians improve to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in the SAC with the 30-26, 30-21, 28-30 and 30-19 win. The Pioneers fall to 15-5 and 4-2. Midway through the opening game, Powers broke a 17-17 tie with consecutive kills and Catawba never trailed again in the game. Tusculum pulled within 26-24 on a kill by Holli Cadenhead (Van Vleck, TX), but Catawba responded with a kill from Kalin Collier (Rural Hall, NC) and two more from Powers to go on top 29-25.

 Powers would kill off the final point of the game. Catawba got out to a quick lead in game two, getting a pair of kills from Powers and Mai Zoua Lo (Hickory, NC) to go up 5-1. Lo would serve up five straight points to push the Tribe lead to 21-11 and Catawba went on for the comfortable win. Tusculum rallied back in game three.

The Pioneers rolled out to an 11-4 lead, aided by consecutive kills by Cadenhead. Catawba would eventual tie the match at 18-18 on back-to-back aces by Nikki Bozick (Boca Raton, FL) and would take a 22-19 lead. Tusculum got a pair of kills from Cadenhead and a kill and block from Vivian Lacy (Lacey, WA) to take back a 25-23 advantage.

With the game tied at 27-27, a Tribe error and a kill by Heather MacArthur (Salt Lake City, UT) pushed the Pioneers to match point and another error by Catawba ended the game. In game four, Catawba used a 6-2 run, including a pair of blocks from setter Andi Henderson (Swansboro, NC), to take a 14-11 lead.

Tusculum pulled within 14-13, but an ace by Henderson and two kills by Collier built the advantage to 17-13. Two kills each from Powers and Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA) helped out in a seven-point run that put Catawba up 24-14 and keyed the win in the deciding game. Powers added seven blocks to her 27 kills, while Griffith had 21 kills and 16 digs for Catawba.

Collier produced 15 kills in 23 swings with one error. Henderson had 69 assists and added three aces and a pair of blocks. Tusculum was led by Lacy, who had 21 kills. Cadenhead had 13 kills and 12 digs, while Alexis Rowles (Simpsonville, SC) posted 32 digs.

MATCH SCORES
1 2 3 4 Tusculum (15-5, 4-2) 26 21 30 19 Catawba (8-8, 4-2) 30 30 28 30 Leaders Kills: C - Melissa Powers 27, Melissa Griffith 21, Kalin Collier 15; T - Vivian Lacy 21, Hollie Cadenhead 13. Digs: C - Missy Bartholomew 20, Griffith 16, Mai Zoua Lo 11; T - Alexis Rowels 32, Cadenhead 12, Lacy 10. Blocks: C - Powers 2-5/7, Nikki Bozick 0-3/3; T - Heather MacArthur 1-2/3. Assists: C - Andi Henderson 69; T - Stacey Ray 50. Service Aces: C - Henderson 3, Bozick 3, Lo 2; T - Ray 2. ATT: 183 Time – 1:44 #######

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