Volleyball stays perfect after weekend tournament

SALISBURY, NC The Catawba College volleyball team kept its perfect mark alive, taking two more wins on Saturday at the Catawba College Volleyball Classic at Goodman Gym. The Lady Indians defeated Converse 31-29, 30-26 and 30-24, then topped N.C. Central 30-19, 30-18 and 30-21.Catawba struggled in the opening game against Converse, trailing throughout the opening game until the final stages. Converse led 28-21, but after a kill by Heather Hawkins (Troutman, NC), Catawba reeled off seven more points to lead 29-28. Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) served the ladies into the lead, including a pair of aces in the run. Leslie Shain (Joliet, IL) tied the match for Converse, but kills by Rachel LaRoche (Wilmington, DE) and Hope Miller (Newton, NC) ended the game. Miller kept Catawba alive with eight kills in the first game. Catawba again pulled away late in the second game to win 30-26. Miller had six kills in the game and a pair of aces by Crystal Bonner (Yadkinville, NC) in a five-point run gave the Lady Indians a 27-23 edge. Hawkins had a pair of kills midway through the third game to help Catawba edge out to a 15-11 lead and the ladies held a margin the rest of the way. In their final match, the Lady Indians recorded a fourth straight sweep in a win over N.C. Central. Catawba used many of its reserves, getting a dozen kills and four digs from Bonner. Freshman Summer Zuck (Kingsport, TN), Crissi Harrison (Hickory, NC) and Hawkins each had six kills and Miller, Hewitt and LaRoche added five each. Senior Meredith Jones (Eden, NC) had 12 assists, while Hewitt added six blocks and three aces. Miller tallied 18 kills and 13 digs in the opening game, while LaRoche added 16 kills. Hawkins had 11 kills and Lettie Wilkes (Williamsport, MD) recorded 51 kills in the three-game sweep. Saturday Results Augusta State d. Winston-Salem State 30-18, 30-15, 30-14 Milligan d. Pfeiffer 30-26, 30-22, 27-30, 30-27 Armstrong Atlantic State d. N.C. Central 30-10, 30-18, 30-16 Catawba d. Converse 31-29, 30-26, 30-24 Augusta State d. Milligan 30-17, 30-26, 30-22 Pfeiffer d. Winston-Salem State 30-28, 30-21, 30-26 Armstrong Atlantic State d. Converse 30-18, 30-8, 30-22 Catawba d. N.C. Central 30-19, 30-18, 30-21 #####

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