Volleyball drops second straight in five games

SALISBURY, NC -- Tusculum College rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat host Catawba in five games in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym. Tusculum won by the scores of 34-32, 27-30, 22-30, 30-20, 15-4. The Pioneers improve to 10-5 overall and 1-0 in the SAC, while Catawba falls to 2-5 and 0-2. Catawba jumped ahead 10-4 in the opening game, but Tusculum would tie the match at 13-all. With the match tied at 17-17, neither team would hold more than a two point edge the rest of the game. The Pioneers led 28-26, but a kill and block by Rachel LaRoche (Wilmington, DE) evened the match. LaRoche would add two more kills to keep Catawba even. With the match tied at 32, Tusculum's Marcia Harmon (Clinton, TN) converted consecutive kills to end the game. Catawba would again take the early lead in game two at 11-7 and eventually built a 17-9 advantage. After Tusculum pulled within 20-18, Catawba spurted back on top 27-21 only to see the Pioneers close to within 28-27 on a kill by Rachael Woods (Sherman, IL). The Lady Indians responded with kills by Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) and LaRoche to end the game. Catawba would lead 11-8 in the third game and after back-to-back aces by Crystal Bonner (Yadkinville, NC), the Lady Indians led 16-9. Bonner would end the game with another ace. Tusculum roared out to a 10-0 lead in the fourth game. Catawba made a run, sparked by two kills and a block by freshman Heather Hawkins (Troutman, NC), to close to 13-11, but Tusculum rebounded to easily take the game. The Pioneers also got off to a big lead in the fifth game, rolling to a 9-1 advantage. Michelle Comstock (Indianapolis, IN), recording a pair of kills and back-to-back aces to end the match. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 Tusculum (10-5, 1-0) 34 27 22 30 15 Catawba (2-5, 0-2) 32 30 30 20 4 Leaders Kills: CC - Elizabeth Hewitt 19, Megan Bowman 15; TC - Michell Comstock 17, Rachael Woods 11 Digs: CC - Bowman 17, Erin Nauman 15; TC - Comstock 27, Jenna Weissert 21 Blocks: CC - Naumann 0-3/3, Hewitt 0-3/3; TC - Jamie Johnson 16, Marcia Harmon 11 Assists: CC - Lettie Wilkes 48; TC - Libby Mauck 39 Aces: CC - Crystal Bonner 6, Wilkes 2; TC - Comstock 6, Jill Lucas 2, Mauck 2, Johnson 2. Attendance: 108 Time: 2:01 #######

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