Volleyball Upsets League Co-Leader Behind 20 Kills From Meeks


HARROGATE, TN -- Catawba rallied for a five-set win over host Lincoln Memorial in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Turner Arena, handing the league co-leader its first SAC loss.  Sophomore Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) keyed the win by equaling a career-high with 20 kills.  The Catawba Indians won by the scores of 15-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-23 and 15-13 to improve to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the SAC.  The Lady Railsplitters fall to 14-3 and 6-1.

Catawba rallied from a set down, taking the final two tight sets to win the match.  Meeks led three players who registered double-figures in kills.  Freshmen Alli Parrish (Zebulon, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) and Kaitlyn Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS) followed with 14 and 12 kills, respectively.  Libero Mai Zoua Lo (Hickory, NC/Foard HS) posted 35 digs and a pair of aces, while setter Megan Courson (Statesville, NC/W. Iredell HS) handed out 44 assists.

LMU won the first three points of the fifth set, but Catawba stormed back on three kills and a block by Meeks for a 5-3 edge.  The set was tied six times from there, the last at 11-11 following a kill by Lady Railsplitter Alison Hess.  Two errors and a kill by Meeks pushed Catawba to a 14-11 edge.  LMU pulled within 14-13 before Meeks ended the match with a kill on the final swing.  Catawba hit nearly 42% in the final set, posting 11 kills with just one error. 

Catawba also pulled out a tight fourth set to even the match.  With the set tied at 16-all, a Whitmer kill and an ace by Lo helped give the Lady Indians a 19-16 lead.  LMU rallied back and tied the set at 22-22 on an ace by Candace Richardson.  Meeks delivered consecutive kills for a 24-22 lead and Courson got the final point on a kill to end the set.

Lincoln Memorial stormed to easy wins in sets one and three.  Consecutive aces by Amanda Horenkamp got the hosts rolling in the first set.  LMU built a 19-11 lead and capped the set on a kill by Brittany Pugh.  Catawba led most of the second set until a kill by Richardson tied it at 21-all.  A kill and block by Meeks along with an ace by Courson pushed the Lady Indians to set point.  A Richardson kill gave LMU a 14-6 edge in set three and Catawba never closed within six the rest of the way.  Hess ended the set with an ace.

 Five Lady Railsplitters had double figures in kills, led by Hess and Ashley Knight with 12 each.  Horenkamp had 11 kills, 25 digs and three aces.  Alicia MacIntyre had 38 digs and three aces.

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