Volleyball Outlasts Mars Hill in Five Sets

Whitmer and Raye pace Lady Indians


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba won the final four points of the fifth set to pull out a 25-14, 25-10, 18-25, 22-25, 16-14 victory over visiting Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym.  Kaitlyn Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS) led the way with 20 kills, while setter Jordan Raye (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) recorded a triple-double with 10 kills, 15 digs and 48 assists.  The Catawba Indians improve to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the SAC, while the Lions fall to 4-3 and 1-3.

After a Catawba service error, Mars Hill held a 14-12 lead in the final set.  Emily Richardson (Salem, VA/Salem HS) was able to kill off one match point then Whitmer tied the set with a kill.  A kill by Raye gave Catawba a match point and the Lady Indians converted on a combo block from Savannah Tomlinson (Rensenburg, NY/Westhampton Beach HS/UNCG) and Whitmer.

Mars Hill led most of the final set after three straight points gave the Lions a 3-1 edge following a block from Laura Ann Huskey (Hendersonville, NC).  An ace by Marissa Wixson (Spring, TX) pushed the lead to 8-4.  Catawba was able to pull within a point at 10-9 and the teams traded points until the final Catawba run.

Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) followed Whitmer with 16 kills and Richardson also reached double-digits in kills with 10.  Libero Jenny Young (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry HS) registered 26 digs.  Catawba recorded 10 blocks as a team with Taylor Doss (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) assisting on six and Alli Parrish (Zebulon, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) four.

Mars Hill was led by Huskey’s 11 kills and four blocks and Wixson’s four aces and 22 digs.  Becca Smith (Candler, NC) handed out 22 assists with 14 digs, while libero Maggie Murphy (Richmond, VA) collected 24 digs. 

Catawba rolled to easy wins in the first two sets.  The Lady Indians hit at 33% each set, while Mars Hill was in the negative with 16 errors and just 13 kills.  The Lions pulled out set three then held on to take a back-and-fourth fourth set.

VideoVIDEO: Whitmer on 5-Set Win over Mars Hill


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