November 9, 2007
Volleyball Sweeps LMU, Advances to SAC Tournament Semifinals
JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC/N. Moore HS) collected 25 kills as #3-seed Catawba swept sixth-seeded Lincoln Memorial 30-24, 30-28 and 30-26 in the first round of the 2007 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon at Holt Fieldhouse on the campus of Carson-Newman College. The Catawba Indians improve to 25-8 and advance to face #7-seed Carson-Newman in a Saturday morning semifinal. The Lady Railsplitters end their season at 20-15.
Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA/Lafayette HS) added 13 kills for the Tribe, while Andi Henderson (Swansboro, NC/Swansboro HS) conducted the Catawba offense with 48 assists. Nikki Bozick (Boca Raton, FL/W. Boca HS) collected 22 digs while Griffith added 19. Powers also had three blocks on the night. For Lincoln Memorial, Amanda Horenkamp led the team with 13 kills while Lauren Kiwacka added 23 assists. Caitlin Hankins contributed 11 digs while Amanda Baker and Kiwacka provided 10 apiece.
The Lady Indians hit .273 in the opening game and held off strong rallies by LMU. Catawba led early at 14-10, but the Lady Railsplitters reeled off an 8-1 run to go up 18-15 with Hankins providing a pair of kills. The Lady Indians responded with a six-point burst that included a pair of kills from Lindsey Spears (Virginia Beach, VA/Ocean Lakes HS) and a block and kill by Katie Moran (Northville, MI/Northville HS). A Horenkamp kill got LMU to within 25-24, but Powers had consecutive kills to spark a 5-0 run by Catawba to end the game.
Catawba led all the way in game two, grabbing an early 10-3 lead. LMU stayed close and a kill by Alison Hess cut the deficit to 24-20. Powers had an ace in a run that pushed the Lady Indian edge to 28-21, but a rally by the LMU cut the margin to 29-28 after an ace by Kiwacka, but Moran killed off the final point in the game.
Game three went back-and-forth with seven ties early on. Spears had a pair of kills in a small run that gave Catawba a 13-10 advantage, but Hess served up six straight points as LMU went up 17-13. A Powers kill tied the game at 18-18 and the teams traded points until Powers recorded consecutive kills for a 25-23 Catawba lead. Two more kills by Powers put the Lady Indians up 27-24. The junior added the final two Catawba points on kills and finished the third game with 11 kills and two blcoks.
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