Volleyball Drops Five-Setter at Mars Hill


MARS HILL, NC -- Host Mars Hill rallied late in the fifth set to grab a win over Catawba in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Arena.  The Lions won the match 21-25, 25-14, 26-24, 19-25 and 16-14 to improve to 12-9 overall and 5-6 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 8-11 and 5-6.

Catawba had battled back from an 8-6 deficit in the final set to go on top 13-11 after a kill from Carson Brewer (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek HS/Cape Fear CC).  Mars Hill came out of a time out to score three straight points on kills from Marissa Wixson and Regan Macomson then a combo block from Macomson and Megan Parks.  A kill from Alli Parrish (Zebulon, NC/Smithfield-Selma HS) staved off one match point for the Lady Indians, but the Lions took the match on a kill from Macomson and a block by Hillary Gambrell.

Kaitlyn Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS) led the Lady Indians with 26 kills and added 15 digs.  Parrish produced a triple-double with 13 kills, 10 digs and 22 assists.  Brewer posted 16 kills and had 10 digs, while libero Jenny Young (Roanoke, VA/Henry HS) recorded 35 digs.

Wixson tallied 18 kills with 11 digs for Mars Hill.  Toni Cole followed with 14 kills, while Macomson picked up 12 kills.  Libero Maggie Murphy totaled 24 digs, while setters Hannah Wilson and Becca Smith each handed out 25 assists.

Consecutive kills from Whitmer and a kill and block from Rachel Gallup (Fredericksburg, VA/Courtland HS) in a five-point run helped the Lady Indians to an 11-7 lead in the opening set.  An ace by Young stretched the lead to 17-11 and Parrish would kill off the final point. 

Mars Hill scored the first four points of set two, including two kills from Wixson and an ace from Cole.  An ace from Smith and a kill from Macomson moved the lead to 15-9.  Wixson would kill off the set point.

The third set was tight throughout with Mars Hill going up 20-18 late in the set.  Whitmer tallied consecutive kills to pull Catawba even at 21-all.  A kill from Wixson gave Mars Hill a set point, but Parrish staved off the set point with a Catawba kill.  Wixson would end the set on back-to-back kills.

Whitmer had three kills and a block to help Catawba grab a 14-8 edge in set four.  The Lions got within 19-17 on a kill from Gambrell, but Catawba got a kill from Savannah Tomlinson (Remsenburg, NY/Westhampton Beach HS/UNCG) and two from Jordan Raye (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) to lead 22-17.  Whitmer had two kills to get to set point which ended on a Lion error.

Catawba stays on the road next week as it will travel to Brevard on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. match.

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April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 12-21

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 18-10

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE, ccd. 5 p.m.

April 27

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. Queens (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 7 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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