Volleyball snaps eight-game slide

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College snapped an eight-match losing streak, defeating visiting Mars Hill in three games in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym. The Lady Indians won by the scores of 30-20, 30-12 and 30-16. Catawba improves to 3-8 overall and 1-5 in the SAC, while Mars Hill falls to 7-13 and 1-4. The teams played even for much of the first game, but with Catawba leading 19-18, a pair of freshman sparked the Lady Indians. Crystal Bonner (Yadkinville, NC) served an ace and after a block and kill by Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) Catawba led 23-19. Catawba ran off seven straight points to go on top 29-19 and ended the game on a pair of kills by sophomore Megan Bowman (Hagerstown, MD). Game two was all Catawba. The Lady Indians behind the serving of junior Lettie Wilkes (Williamsport, MD) bolted to a 13-0 lead. Junior Rachel LaRoche (Wilmington, DE) had three kills and a block in the run, while Wilkes added two aces. Catawba would go on to lead at 24-5 and 29-8 before closing out the game at 30-12. LaRoche tallied five kills in the game. In the third game, Catawba freshman Heather Hawkins (Troutman, NC) had a kill and three blocks to stake the Lady Indians to a 9-5 lead. Leading 12-9, Bowman and Hewitt combined to give Catawba a 25-15 edge. Bowman had two kills a block and an ace, while Hewitt had three kills and a block. Hewitt led Catawba with 10 kills and five blocks. Bowman had 14 digs and eight kills, while Hope Miller (Newton, NC) had 14 digs and added seven kills. Mars Hill was led by Sarah Nash (Louisville, KY), who had five kills, 14 digs, two blocks and an assist. Kristin Shipley (Kingsport, TN) had seven kills and nine digs. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 Mars Hill (7-13, 1-4) 20 12 16 Catawba (3-8, 1-5) 30 30 30 Leaders Kills: CC - Elizabeth Hewitt 10, Megan Bowman 8; MH - Kristin Shipley 7, Sarah Nash 5 Digs: CC - Bowman 14, Crystal Bonner 14, Hope Miller 14; MH - Nash 14, Shipley 9 Blocks: CC - Hewitt 1-4/5, Christina Perkinson 1-3/4; MH - Nash 2 Assists: CC - Lettie Wilkes 21, Meredith Jones 14; MH - Jennifer Wilson 18 Aces: CC - Bowman 3; MH - Vicki Vaughn 2 Attendance: 131 Time: 1:14 #######

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