November 13, 2009
Volleyball Grabs Key Regional Win to Open SAC Tournament Play
GREENEVILLE, TN -- Catawba swept its way to an opening round win over Tusculum at the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament on Friday afternoon at Pioneer Arena. Catawba, seeded-fourth, avenged two regular season losses to the host Pioneers, who entered as the #5-seed. The Catawba Indians improved to 17-10 with the 26-24, 25-19 and 25-9 win. Tusculum falls to 18-14.
The win was also a vital regional victory as the Lady Indians entered the tournament as the #6 ranked team in the region. Eight teams earn spots in the Southeast Regional with three automatic bids going to the conference champions of the SAC, Peach Belt and Conference Carolinas. Catawba will next face 24th-ranked Wingate in Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. semifinal.
Sophomore Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) led Catawba with 13 kills, while SAC Freshman of the Year, Kaitlyn Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS), added a dozen kills with no errors and hit at 37.5%. Freshman setter Jordan Raye (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS), who was pressed into action after starting setter Megan Courson (Statesville, NC/W. Iredell HS) injured an ankle in practice, tallied 11 kills and dished out 26 assists. Libero Mai Zoua Lo (Hickory, NC/Foard HS) collected 23 digs and served a pair of aces.
Catawba held off Tusculum in a close first set. The Pioneers led early, holding an 8-4 edge after five straight hitting errors by the Lady Indians. The Lady Indians battled back and used a combo block from Meeks and Jasmine Chunn (East Bend, NC/Forbush HS) and an ace from Alli Parrish (Zebulon, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) for a 16-15 edge.
Consecutive kills by Raye gave Catawba a 19-16 edge, but Tusculum fought back and tied the set at 22-all after a kill by Alyssa Raterman and a Catawba attack error. Kills by Whitmer and Taylor Doss (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) pushed the Lady Indians to match point then Raterman and Holli Cadenhead pulled Tusculum even with kills. After an attack error by Tusculum, Doss served an ace to give Catawba the opening set.
The Lady Indians surged ahead midway through set two, scoring three straight points for a 17-14 lead which was capped with an ace by Jenny Young (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry HS). Tusculum clawed within 18-17 on a kill by Sam Underwood, but Doss had a kill and a combo block with Parrish for a 20-17 edge. Catawba scored the final four points of the set, including two kills from Meeks.
Catawba rolled in the third set, scoring seven straight points during one stretch that gave the Lady Indians a 16-5 edge. Lo had two aces and Whitmer added three kills in the run. Whitmer added two more kills to take the score to 18-7. Meeks had one kill and Katie Moran (Northville, MI/Northville HS) two in the final push for the win.
Tusculum was led by Gina Coffaro, who had 12 kills and 13 digs. Setter Peyton Colcough had 28 assists and 13 digs. The Pioneers hit just 9.2% in the match. Catawba started slow, hitting just under 13% in the opening set, then had 29 kills with just three errors (33%) over the final two sets.
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 2-3
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 1-4
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6-5
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 4-1
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-5
Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA TECH 15-7
Softball @ Limestone 8-1
Softball @ Limestone 1-2
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 1 (Crescent Pointe GC)
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Lacrosse (W) vs. FELICIAN 24-1
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 2 (Crescent Pointe GC) 8th of 11
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 2nd of 17
Baseball @ Tampa 5-9
Softball vs. KING 3-17
Softball vs. KING 2-0
Lacrosse (W) vs. CHESTNUT HILL 16-15
Baseball @ Tampa 8-12
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-6
Softball @ Emmanuel 2-3
Softball @ Emmanuel 2-4
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 9-3
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-2
Tennis (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-8
Tennis (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-7
Lacrosse (M) vs. NEWBERRY 13-9
Softball @ Southern Wesleyan 11-0
Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 25-8
Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 1 (Monroe CC)
Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 2 (Monroe CC) 5th of 12
Baseball vs. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 6-8
Baseball vs. INDIANA,PA 16-6
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Prelims)
Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 0-7
Tennis (W) vs. WINGATE 0-9
Tennis (M) vs. WINGATE 1-8
Lacrosse (W) vs. INDIANA,PA 7-25
Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 3-7
Lacrosse (M) @ Coker 14-8
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Finals)
Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 1)
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Prelims) 10 a.m.
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Finals) 6 p.m.
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 1-10
Track/Field @ UNC Pembroke Braves Classic
Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 2)
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 19-10
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 13-12
Tennis (W) @ Tusculum 0-9
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 10-6
Tennis (M) @ Tusculum 3-6
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 7-8
Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 1 (Columbia CC)
Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 1 (Rolling Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 2 (Columbia CC) 4th of 10
Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 2 (Rolling Hills CC) 6th of 11
Lacrosse (W) @ Wingate 12-11
Lacrosse (M) @ Wingate 5-12
Tennis (M) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 2 p.m.
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 4 p.m.
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 1)
Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 2)
Lacrosse (W) @ Lincoln Memorial noon
Baseball @ Mars Hill noon
Softball vs MARS HILL 1 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.
Softball vs MARS HILL 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.
Softball vs QUEENS 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Queens 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Queens 2 p.m.
Softball vs QUEENS 4 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 1 (River Landing GC)
Lacrosse (W) @ Coker 4 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 2 (River Landing GC)
Tennis (M) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 1)
Softball @ Tusculum 1 p.m.
Baseball @ Anderson 2 p.m.
Softball @ Tusculum 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Anderson 5 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 2)
Lacrosse (W) vs. MARS HILL noon
Baseball @ Anderson 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 3 p.m.
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