Meeks' 20-Kills Not Enough as Volleyball Falls in Regular-Season Finale


SALISBURY, NC -- Katie Troyer Plain City, OH) tallied 18 kills to lead visiting Carson-Newman to a four-set win over Catawba in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Lady Eagles won by the scores of 21-25, 25-21, 25-18 and 29-27, improving to 20-9 overall and 12-4 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fell to 16-10 and 9-7.

Troyer hit at 43% for the match, making just three errors.  Jessica Schachleiter (Cincinnati, OH) posted a double-double with 13 kills and 24 digs.  Setter Stephanie Cutter (Murfreesboro, TN) dished out 44 assists and collected 20 digs, while Nikki James (Cookeville, TN) posted 11 kills and six blocks.

Catawba’s Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) delivered a game-high 20 kills with two blocks, while freshman Kaityln Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS) added 18 kills and three blocks.  Setter Megan Courson (Statesville, NC/W. Iredell HS) had 46 assists and 12 digs with libero Mai Zoua Lo (Hickory, NC/Foard HS) recording 24 digs. 

Catawba used an 8-2 run midway through the first set to grab a 21-15 edge.  The Lady Eagles pulled within 23-20, but Meeks and Jasmine Chunn (East Bend, NC/Forbush HS) had kills to end the set. 

An ace by Angelle Hayes (Brentwood, TN) and a kill by James helped Carson-Newman to a 16-11 lead in the second set.  A pair of aces by Alli Parrish (Zebulon, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) helped Catawba rally to eventually tie the set at 19-19.  Meeks killed a point for a 21-21 tie before the Lady Eagles ran off the final four points, two on kills by Troyer.

Consecutive kills by Schachleiter and another by Cutter sparked the Lady Eagles to an early 13-5 lead in the third set.  C-N kept a comfortable lead for the rest of the set, moving out 20-12 on a Troyer kill and ending it on a kill by James.

Carson-Newman held a big lead in the fourth set before Catawba rallied.  A kill by Schachleiter had the Lady Eagles up 13-7 and Catawba trailed 22-16 when Meeks killed off four straight points.  A Courson kill pulled Catawba within 22-21.  Two kills by Schachleiter gave the Lady Eagles match points at 24-21, but two errors and a Whitmer kill pulled Catawba even at 24-all.

Whitmer teamed with Chunn for a block to give the Lady Indians a 25-24 edge only to be followed by a Schachleiter kill.  Courson’s kill gave Catawba another set point, but Troyer answered.  Whitmer gave Catawba its last lead on a kill before Caitlin Schlegel (Anacortes, WA) and James had kills to give C-N match point which James converted with a solo block.


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