Volleyball Fails to Close Out Anderson for Second Time


SALISBURY, NC -- Anderson rallied to claim a five-set win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym.  The Trojans won the final six points of the final set and won the match by the scores of 12-25, 26-24, 17-25, 26-24 and 15-13 to improve to 13-14 and 5-11.  The Catawba Indians fall to 10-12 and 7-7.

Anderson trailed 13-9 in the final set, but a kill from Shannon Gillespie (Fishers, IN) and two Catawba errors brought the Trojans within one.  Hailey Pittman (Altamonte Springs, FL) pulled Anderson even with a kill then Gillespie killed a point to give the Trojans match point.  Gillespie would end the match on an ace.

Gillespie and Pittman led Anderson with 21 kills apiece.  Gillespie added 13 digs, while setter Meghan Cautero (Naples, FL) handed out 53 kills.  Libero Alix Hooker (Plant City, FL) collected 18 digs.

The loss spoiled a career-high 28 kills by Catawba's Kaitlyn Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS), who added 21 digs.  Carson Brewer (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek HS/Cape Fear CC) added 17 kills, while Rachel Gallup (Fredericksburg, VA/Courtland HS) tallied 15 kills.  Setter Jordan Raye (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) delivered 59 assists with libero Jenny Young (Roanoke, VA/Henry HS) had 44 digs.

Catawba got out of the gates quickly to win the first set 25-12.  The Lady Indians hit at 52%, getting four kills each from Whitmer and Gallup.  Raye had the kill on set point.  Anderson won a back-and-fourth second set that saw 13 ties and five lead changes.  Gallup and Brewer had consecutive kills for Catawba to tie the set at 22.  Anderson never allowed the Lady Indians to go on top and closed out the set on a Gillespie kill.

The Lady Indians would again take a one-set lead by taking the third set.  Down 10-6, Catawba went on a 12-3 run to take control.  Whitmer had three kills and an ace in the run.  Raye would again kill off the set point. 

Set four was similar to set two with 16 ties and four lead changes.  Catawba grabbed the only three-point lead of the set at 22-19 on consecutive kills from Brewer.  Pittman had a kill and Cautero an ace to close the gap to 22-21.  After a Catawba error, a kill from Pittman put the Trojans up 23-22.  Raye and Brewer had kills around another from Pittman to tie the set at 24.  Tiffany Rowe (Myrtle Beach, SC) closed out the set for the Trojans with a kill and a combo block. 

Catawba held a 6-2 lead early in set five before Anderson rallied on two kills from Rowe to pull within 7-6.  With the set tied at nine, Catawba pushed ahead with a four-point run.  From there, Anderson rallied to win the match.

Catawba closes out its home schedule on Saturday as the Lady Indians host Newberry at 5 p.m.


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