Volleyball grabs one win at PC Tournament

CLINTON, SC – Catawba’s volleyball picked up one win in three matches at the Blue Hose Volleyball Tournament which concluded on Saturday at Presbyterian’s Templeton Gym.

Catawba earned a four-game win over NC Central on Saturday after dropping matches to Francis Marion and #10 Florida Gulf Coast on Friday. Catawba now stands at 13-11 on the year.

Catawba 3, North Carolina Central 1 (26-30, 30-14, 30-25, 30-17)
The Eagles of North Carolina Central (22-11) used seven kills by Shari Matthews (Bridgetown, Barbados) to claim a game one victory and a 1-0 lead. However, the Indians (13-11) rallied and won three straight for the 3-1 victory. Catawba hit .333 in game two and .422 in the fourth game to hold off NCCU. The duo of Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, Va.) and Melissa Powers (Bennett, N.C.) combined for 68% of the team’s kills as Griffith and Powers both nailed 21 kills each. The Indians had four players with double-digit digs with Missy Bartholomew’s (New Carlisle, Ind.) 17 leading the way. Matthews finished with another stellar performance as she ended the day with 25 kills for the Eagles. In three matches, Matthews tallied 71 kills. Rachel Walters (Diego Martin, Trinidad) added 11 kills.

Francis Marion 3, Catawba 0 (34-32, 30-19, 30-23)
After a highly contested first game in which Francis Marion escaped with a 34-32 win, the Patriots easily picked victories in the second and third games. Three players with double-figure kills led FMU to the sweep of Catawba. Jackie Phiel (Amherst, Ohio) led the Patriots with 14 kills, while Jessica Lombardi (Massillon, Ohio) and Lezlie Logan (Cleburne, Texas) each contributed 12. Jenna Kaiser (Broomfield, Ohio) dished out 44 assists and Jessica Strader (Kettering, Ohio) digged 12 kill attempts. The Lady Indians suffered the loss despite 20 kills from Melissa Powers (Bennett, N.C.). Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, Va.) also had a double-digit performance with 11, while notching 13 digs as well. Andi Henderson (Swansboro, N.C.) handed out 40 assists and 11 digs. No. 10 Florida Gulf Coast 3, Catawba 0 (30-19, 30-23, 30-16) Florida Gulf Coast, who is currently in a three way tie for first-place in the South region, had no problems earning a 3-0 sweep of Catawba to extend its win streak to 18 consecutive matches. The trio of Ericka Fonseca (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Heather Van Olst (Loxahatchee, Fla.), and Brooke Youngquist (Fort Myers, Fla.) piloted the Eagles’ attack to victory. Van Olst tallied 15 kills and 10 digs, while Youngquist added 14 kills and Fonseca finished with 13. As a team, FGCU combined for 14 team blocks. Missy Bartholomew (New Carlisle, Ind.) and Griffith contributed on the defense with 15 and 12 digs, respectively, while Griffith added eight kills. #####

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