Volleyball rolls past Presbyterian for seventh straight win

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba defeated visiting Presbyterian in three games in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.

The Catawba Indians won for the seventh straight time, taking the match by the scores of 30-21, 30-20 and 30-26. Catawba improves to 12-8 overall and 7-2 in the SAC, while the Lady Blue Hose fall to 7-18 and 1-8.

Freshman Mai Zoua Lo (Hickory, NC) served three aces in an early seven-point run that gave Catawba an 8-1 lead in the opening game. Presbyterian rallied back to within 13-10 and were down only 22-18 following a kill by Justine Lanchester (Downs, IL). Catawba stayed on top and used a 4-1 run to go up 26-19.

Missy Bartholomew (New Carlisle, IN) served up an ace on game point. Catawba scored the first four points of game two and never trailed. A kill by Danielle Gill (Kings Mountain, NC) got the Lady Blue Hose within 7-4, but Catawba went on a 9-2 run to push its lead to 16-6. Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC) delivered four kills and three blocks in the game for Catawba. Another fast start set the tone for the deciding third game. Bartholomew served nine points to stake Catawba to a 12-2 edge.

A Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA) kill pushed the lead to 25-13, but Presbyterian rallied late to cut the deficit to 28-26. Sarah Parker Mounce (Columbia, SC) had three kills in the run for PC. After seeing the lead trimmed to just two points, Kalin Collier (Rural Hall, NC) had a kill for Catawba and assisted with Powers on a block to end the match. Griffith led Catawba with 11 kills and added a pair of blocks. Powers had eight kills and eight blocks.

Setter Andi Henderson (Swansboro, NC) had 31 assists and 12 digs. Lanchester led the Lady Blue Hose with 11 kills, while Gill added nine. Jodi Palmer (Plain City, OH) had 18 digs and two aces.

1 2 3 Presbyterian (7-17, 1-8) 33 22 18 Catawba (12-8, 7-2) 35 30 30 Leaders Kills: C - Melissa Griffith 11, Melissa Powers 8; P - Justine Lanchester 11, Danielle Gill 9. Digs: C - Andi Henderson 12, Missy Bartholomew 10; P - Jodi Palmer 18, Julie Hollrah 10. Blocks: C - Powers 2-6/8, Jasmine Chunn 1-2/3, Kalin Collier 0-3/3; P - Courtney VanDusen 0-2/2, Hollrah 0-2/2. Assists: C - Henderson 31; P - Rachel Lewis 30. Service Aces: C - Mai Zoua Lo 3, Bartholomew 2; P - Palmer 2. ATT: 81 Time – 1:09 #######

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