Volleyball Puts Up Tough Fight, But Falls In Five To Wingate

Meeks, Powers deliver 20 kills each in the loss


SALISBURY, NC -- Wingate outlasted host Catawba in a hard-fought, five-set match in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Tuesday night at Goodman Gym, winning by the scores of 25-20, 15-25, 25-16, 19-25 and 15-10.  Wingate remains unbeaten in the league as the Bulldogs improve to 21-1 overall and 10-0 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 13-8 and 7-4.

Stormi Gale (Richmond, TX) paced Wingate with 16 kills, 14 digs and six blocks.  Rebecca Bloemer (Louisville, KY) added 15 kills, while setter Liz Willis (Raleign, NC) posted 56 assists and a dozen digs.  Catawba was led by Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC/N. Moore HS), who tallied 20 kills, 14 digs and four blocks, and freshman Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS), who delivered a career-high 20 kills and three blocks.  Setter Megan Courson had 53 assists.

Wingate pulled away from a 7-all tie in the opening set.  A Kathryn Reddick (Franklinton, NC) kill sparked a 5-1 Bulldog run and a 12-8 lead.  Catawba got as close as two points at 15-13, but a kill from Gale and two combo blocks helped Wingate push its edge to 18-13.  Wingate stretched its lead to six at 24-18 and earned set point on a Lady Indian service error.

Catawba pulled even with a win in set two.  Leading 12-11, Powers had three kills and a block assist as the Lady Indians grabbed a 16-11 lead.  A kill and block by Courson helped extend the advantage to 19-13.  Bloemer pulled Wingate within 20-15, but Meeks had three kills in the final run for Catawba.

Wingate jumped to a 7-1 lead in set three and never looked back.  Willis had a kill and ace with Heather Myklebust (Sugarland, TX) adding two kills in the early spurt.  Catawba never came closer than five points in the set as the Bulldogs would hit 48% for the set.

The Lady Indians pulled away late to take set four.  Wingate led early at 6-3 after an ace by Gale, but Catawba came back, tying things up at 11-all on a kill by Meeks.  An ace by Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA/Lafayette HS) and another kill by Meeks gave Catawba a 13-11 edge.  A kill by Myklebust and an ace by Brittany Horner (Durham, NC) tied things up at 15-all then Catawba ran off five straight points.  Powers had three kills in the decisive run and had a solo block to end the set.

Two kills by Lauren Billo (Orland Park, IL) and another by Gale helped Wingate to an early 4-1 lead in the deciding set.  Catawba would pull within a point on three occasions, the last at 9-8 following a kill by Meeks, but Gale had a kill and a block assist as Wingate scored four straight points for a 13-8 edge.  Bloemer would kill off match point.

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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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