November 11, 2011
Meeks Powers Volleyball Into SAC Semifinals
HARROGATE, TN -- Catawba got 21 kills from Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) as the second-seed won a grueling match with Newberry for the second time in a week. The Catawba Indians won the opening round match in the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Tournament in four-sets with a 25-21, 25-27, 25-23 and 25-20 victory at Mars Gym on Friday night.
The Lady Indians improve to 22-6 overall and advance to face the winner of the day's final match between host Lincoln Memorial and sixth-seeded Mars Hill. Newberry falls to 15-15.
Meeks posted her match high kills on 51 swings, while making five errors (31.4%). She added seven digs, four blocks and three aces. Kaitlyn Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS) picked up 14 kills and 15 digs, while adding four blocks and a pair of aces.
Setter Jordan Raye (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) handed out 40 assists with 17 digs, while Emily Richardson (Salem, VA/Salem HS) posted seven blocks. Libero Jenny Young (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry HS) recorded 26 digs.
Samantha Parrish led Newberry with 15 kills and added a dozen digs. Jessica King and Amanda Soper each posted 11 kills for the Wolves. Setter Blair Browning collected 44 assists with libero Elayni Stokes recording 25 digs.
Catawba pulled out the initial set with a late surge. The Lady Indians had gone up 18-13 sparked by a kill and an ace by Meeks. Newberry fought back and pulled even at 20-all on a kill from Soper. An attack error gave Catawba the lead back and Whitmer served up two aces for a 23-20 edge. Each team traded errors before a kill from Whitmer ended the set.
Newberry outlasted Catawba in set two. The Lady Indians led at 15-12, but the Wolves, led by three kills from King, rallied to go up 18-16. Catawba then scored four straight points, including two kills and a block from Meeks to lead by two.
Catawba had a set point at 24-23, but two consecutive errors put Newberry up 25-24. Whitmer erased the first set point, but a kill from King gave the Wolves another. Newberry got the final point on an attack error.
Set three was tied 13 times, the last at 18-18 following a kill from Newberry's Parrish. Catawba would get consecutive kills from Meeks to go on top and led the rest of the way. After a block by the Wolves, Catawba ran off four straight points to lead 24-19. Newberry scored four straight to get back within a point, but Carson Brewer (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek HS/Cape Fear CC) killed off the final set point for the Lady Indians.
The Lady Indians got off to a quick 5-1 start in set four, getting a kill from Meeks and two blocks from Whitmer. A block by Meeks kept Catawba up 11-6. Kills from Meeks and Whitmer upped the margin to 20-14. Newberry committed three serving errors down the stretch to help Catawba stay on top.
For the match, Catawba hit at 15% to 11% for Newberry, but had 13 blocks to six for the Wolves. Serving was also a key in the match. The Lady Indians served seven aces with 10 errors with Newberry serving just one ace and committing 13 errors.
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