November 22, 2008
Volleyball Stuns Wingate To Advance To Regional Final
WINGATE, NC -- Catawba knocked off top-seeded Wingate in four sets on Saturday night at Cuddy Arena to advance to the championship match of the 2008 NCAA II Southeast Region Volleyball Tournament. The Catawba Indians, seeded-fourth rallied from a set down, winning by the scores of 17-25, 27-25, 25-22 and 25-19. The win improves the Lady Indians to 22-10, while the Bulldogs end their season at 31-2.
Catawba will face third-seeded Armstrong Atlantic, a five-set winner over Lincoln Memorial, in Sunday’s 7 p.m. final. The win was the first for Catawba against Wingate in the last 10 meetings and also snapped a 29-match Bulldog winning streak.
Catawba senior outside hitter Melissa Griffith (Williamsburg, VA/Lafayette HS) led the way for the second-straight match, posting 24 kills. She is averaging 6.75 kills per set in the regionals. Senior outside hitter Melissa Powers (Bennett, NC/N. Moore HS) added 14 kills, while freshman outside hitter Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) contributed with 13 kills. Freshman setter Megan Courson (Statesville, NC/W. Iredell HS) handed out 48 assists to go along with 12 digs and junior libero Mai Zoua Lo (Hickory, NC/Foard HS) collected 22 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Billo (Orland Park, IL) led the Wingate attack with 17 kills. Senior outside hitter Kathryn Reddick (Franklinton, NC) and sophomore middle blocker Stormi Gale (Richmond, TX) added 13 kills each. Freshman setter Liz Willis racked up 49 assists and 12 digs, while freshman libero Maggie Malone (Chicago, IL) had 22 digs.
A kill from freshman outside hitter Janice Ehorn (Orange, CT) gave the Bulldogs a 12-7 lead in the first set. A kill from Meeks, followed by a block from Powers and Meeks cut the lead to two at 13-11. The Bulldogs answered with a 3-0 run to take a 16-11 advantage, capped by back-to-back blocks from Gale and Reddick.
Catawba cut the lead to three when a Wingate error made it 17-14. Ehorn answered with consecutive kills, followed by a pair of kills from Reddick to make the score 21-14 Bulldogs. The lead stayed above six the rest of the way, as sophomore middle blocker Rebecca Bloemer (Louisville, KY) finished set one with a kill. Reddick had five kills in five attacks in the first set as the Bulldogs hit .387 in the opening frame.
Two kills from Reddick, along with a kill from Bloemer gave Wingate a 20-13 lead in the second set. A kill from Griffith, followed by a kill from junior middle blocker Jasmine Chunn (East Bend, NC/Forbush HS) cut the lead to five. A kill from sophomore outside hitter Heather Myklebust (Sugar Land, TX) gave Wingate a 22-16 lead.
Catawba responded with a kill from Meeks, followed by an ace from Lo. A Bulldog error made it 22-19. Wingate held a 24-21 lead after a kill from Billo then a Wingate error, followed by a kill from Griffith and another Bulldog error tied the frame at 24.
Another kill from Griffith gave Catawba a 25-24 edge. Catawba got a tough call on a point that would have won the set, but a Bulldog service error gave the Lady Indians a second set point. Griffith and Chunn combined on a block to take the set for the Tribe. Griffith racked up eight kills in the second frame for Catawba.
The third set was tightly contested throughout, as the set featuring 15 ties and five lead changes. A kill from Gale gave Wingate an 18-16 lead. Catawba tied it at 19 on a kill from Meeks. A kill from Griffith gave the Catawba Indians a 21-20 lead, as Gale answered with a kill.
The teams traded points until a kill from Griffith gave Catawba a 23-22 set three lead. Back-to-back Wingate errors clinched the third set for Catawba. Griffith racked up 10 kills in the third frame, while hitting .667. The Tribe hit .447 as a team in the pivotal third set.
A kill from Griffith gave Catawba a 17-12 lead in the fourth set. A kill from Bloemer, followed by a Catawba error made it 17-14. Back-to-back Wingate errors gave Catawba a 20-15 lead. Two kills from Meeks, along with two kills from Powers gave Catawba a 24-16 advantage. Kills from Billo and Reddick, along with a Catawba error cut the lead to 24-19, but Powers killed off the final point of the upset.
Catawba hit .233 for the match, with 56 kills and 19 errors on 159 attacks. Wingate hit .273 for the match with 64 kills and 20 errors in 161 attacks. Powers led the Catawba defense with four block assists. Reddick led the Bulldogs with four block assists and a solo block.
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