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Volleyball Ends Season with SAC Semifinal Loss to Lenoir-Rhyne

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WINGATE, NC -- Lenoir-Rhyne used a balanced attack to defeat Catawba 3-0 in a semifinal match of the 2006 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament Friday night at Cuddy Arena. The Bears defeated the Catawba Indians 30-18, 30-27, 30-26. Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 25-12 overall and advances to face host Wingate in Saturday’s 2 p.m. championship match.

The Catawba Indians completes its season at 19-12. Three Bears achieved double-digit kills Friday night, led by sophomore outside hitter Abby Smith (Virginia Beach, VA) and her 13 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Katie Novacek (Raleigh, NC) recorded 12 kills, while freshman outside hitter Jordan Ledford (Newton, NC) contributed 11 kills. Novacek was on fire, as she hit .526 on the evening (12 kills and only two errors in 19 total attacks). Lenoir-Rhyne hit .400 or better in the first two games.

For the match, the Bears compiled a .367 hitting percentage. L-R sophomore setter Lauren McLelland (Statesville, NC) distributed 51 assists against Catawba. Catawba’s sophomore hitting duo of Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA) and Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC) led the Catawba Indian offense. Griffith had a match-high 19 kills, while Powers notched 17 kills. Powers hit .467 (17 kills and three errors in 30 attacks) on the evening. Catawba junior setter Andi Henderson (Swansboro, NC) had 43 assists Friday night.

MATCH SCORES
1 2 3 Catawba (19-12) 18 27 26 Lenoir-Rhyne (25-12) 30 30 30 Leaders Kills: C - Melissa Griffith 19, Melissa Powers 17; LR - Abby Smith 13, Katie Novacek 12, Jordan Ledford 11. Digs: C - Griffith 11, Mai Zoua Lo 10; LR - Ledford 14, Catherine Fulton 10. Blocks: C - Amanda Nantz 1-1/2, Griffith 0-1/1; LR - Smith 0-1/1, Katie Sloan 0-1/1, Kathryn Phillips 0-1/1. Assists: C - Henderson 43; LR - Lauren McLelland 51. Service Aces: C - Powers 2, Tiffany Andrassy 1; LR - Smith 1, Ledford 1, Phillips 1. ATT: 93 Time – 1:22 #######

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