Volleyball sweeps Mars Hill to keep share of SAC lead

SALISBURY, NC Senior Rachel LaRoche (Wilmington, DE) and sophomore Crissi Harrison (Hickory, NC) each had 13 kills to help Catawba to a three-game sweep of Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym. Catawba maintains its share of the SAC lead and improves to 21-6 overall and 12-1 in the SAC with the 30-28, 30-17 and 30-27 win. Mars Hill falls to 9-20 and 5-8. Catawba will host Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday at 2 p.m., while SAC co-leader Carson-Newman is at Newberry. The Lady Indians took an early 11-6 lead in the opening game, but Mars Hill would rally within two on several occasions, then pulled within 21-20 on a combo block by Vicki Vaughan (Kingsport, TN) and Jennifer Johnson (Blountville, TN). Catawba would answer with four straight points, two on blocks by Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) for a 25-20 lead. After a time out, Mars Hill got two kills each from Kristen Shipley (Kingsport, TN) and Johnson and a combo block by the duo to pull even at 25-25. LaRoche recorded back-to-back kills for a 27-25 Catawba lead and stayed in front the rest of the game. LaRoche had seven kills and a block in the opening game for Catawba, while Shipley had seven kills and a pair of blocks for the Lady Lions. Mars Hill jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the second game following a kill by Missy Gibson (Franklin, TN). Freshman Summer Zuck (Kingston, TN) served Catawba in front, helped by a pair of kills by Hope Miller (Newton, NC) for an 11-10 Lady Indian advantage. Catawba led 15-14 when Miller served seven straight points, including an ace, with a pair of blocks by Hewitt for a 23-14 lead. Harrison had three kills in a 5-0 run that put the Lady Indians up 28-15. Harrison finished the game with five kills and a block. The Lady Lions would again lead early in the second game, but three kills by Harrison and two by Miller helped Catawba take a 10-9 edge. Mars Hill responded and led 21-15 before Catawba fought back. Harrison had two kills in a 5-2 run to cut the deficit to 23-20 and added another kill in a 5-0 run that put Catawba up 25-24. Mars Hill tied the game on kills by Shipley and Gibson, but the Lady Indians scored the final three points to sweep the match. Following LaRoche and Harrison for Catawba was Miller, who had nine kills and 22 digs. Erin Naumann (Cave Creek, AZ) had 30 digs, while Lettie Wilkes (Williamsport, MD) had 23 assists. Hewitt had six blocks and three aces. Shipley had 10 kills for Mars Hill, while Gibson added nine. Sarah Nash (Louisville, KY) registered a team-high 24 digs, while Johnson had nine blocks. Vaughan dished out 28 assists, going over the 1,000 mark for the season, now with 1,001. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 Mars Hill (9-20, 5-8) 28 17 27 Catawba (21-6, 12-1) 30 30 30 Leaders Kills: C Rachel LaRoche 13, Crissi Harrison 13, Hope Miller 9; MH Kristen Shipley 10, Missy Gibson 9 Digs: C - Erin Naumann 30, Miller 22; MH Sarah Nash 24, Vickie Vaughan 15 Blocks: C Elizabeth Hewitt 3-3/6, Harrison 2-2/4; MH Jennifer Johnson 2-7/9 Assists: C - Lettie Wilkes 23, Nicole Scheidt 11; MH Vaughan 28 Aces: C Hewitt 3, Miller 2; MH Johnson, Aubrey Adams ATT: 143 Time - 1:22 #######

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