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Volleyball Season Ends in Five-Set Loss at NCAA Regionals

Raye posted her second triple-double vs. C-N

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WINGATE, NC -- Carson-Newman won a suspenseful fifth set to take a 3-2 victory over Catawba in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional volleyball tournament on Friday night, hosted by Wingate University in Cuddy Arena.  The fourth-seeded Lady Eagles won 11-25, 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 19-17 in a two hour-plus match.  With the victory, Carson-Newman improves to 23-9 overall and advances to a semifinal match-up with top-seeded Wingate.  Catawba concludes its season at 17-12.

Carson-Newman was led by Jessica Schachleiter (Cincinnati, OH), who had 19 kills and 17 digs.  Carly Mozgai (Plain City, OH) posted 14 kills, while Jessica Brady (Fruitland Park, FL) collected 12 kills.  Setter Stephanie Cutter (Murfreesboro, TN) had a double-double with 31 assists and 25 digs with libero Angelle Hayes (Brentwood, TN) collecting 23 digs.

Catawba freshman setter Jordan Raye (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) had a triple-double with 48 assists, 19 digs and 10 kills.  It was her second triple-double of the season.  Freshman Kaitlyn Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS) topped the offensive charts with a career-high 22 kills and a career-high equaling 21 digs.  Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) contributed 16 kills.  Libero Mai Zoua Lo (Hickory, NC/Foard HS) collected a match-high 35 digs.

Down 2-1 in the match, Catawba was able to force a deciding set.  The Lady Indians led from (almost) start to finish in the fourth set.  The Lady Indians turned a 6-6 tie into a 10-6 lead on a service ace by Alli Parrish (Zebulon, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS).  Carson-Newman tied the set at 16-16, thanks to a Catawba error and back-to-back Brady kills put the Lady Eagles up 19-17.

Parrish helped Catawba take the fourth set, as she served four straight points to give the Indians a 22-19 advantage. Katie Moran (Northville, MI/Northville HS) and Meeks recorded kills in the 4-0 run.  Catawba finished the frame with a kill by Raye.

The fifth set was tied 10 times, but Carson-Newman held leads of 8-4 and 13-10.  Kills by Whitmer and Parrish along with an ace by Lo got Catawba even at 13-all, but the Lady Indians never got a match point.  Meeks fought off the fourth C-N match points and tied the frame for the last time with a kill, making the score 17-17.  Kills by Brady and Schachleiter gave the Eagles the hard-fought victory.    

Catawba did not trail in the opening stanza.  Back-to-back kills by Taylor Doss (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) gave the Indians a 12-3 advantage.  A Meeks kill put Catawba up 20-9.  Consecutive kills by Whitmer and a Moran kill finished the set 25-11 for Catawba.  The Indians hit .516 in the first set with 18 kills, two errors and 31 total attacks.

A Schachleiter kill put Carson-Newman up 4-1 in the second set and the Lady Eagles kept the advantage until late in the set, when Catawba took an 18-17 edge on a C-N error.  The Lady Eagles answered with four straight points, capped by a Cutter ace to make the score 21-18 Carson-Newman.  The Lady Indians fought back and tied the second frame at 23-23 on a kill by Moran and a Carson-Newman error. A Cutter kill made it 24-23 and the Eagles sealed the deal thanks to a Catawba error.

In the third set, Carson-Newman took the lead for good at 3-2 on a service ace by Hayes.  Schachleiter’s kill put the Eagles up 12-7.  Catawba cut the margin to 19-18, thanks to a kill by Raye, but Schachleiter added two more kills down the stretch as C-N pulled away for the 25-20 victory.  The set ended on a Catawba attack error.

Catawba could not match its first-set hitting prowess after the initial stanza.  The Lady Indians fell off to 13.8% over the final four sets.  Catawba did hit slightly better in the match, 18.8% to 18.0% for Carson-Newman. 

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