Volleyball drops five-set match to Lenoir-Rhyne

SALISBURY, NC -- Lenoir-Rhyne College held off host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym. The Bears won in five games by the scores of 30-18, 30-32, 30-22, 22-30 and 15-12. Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the SAC, while Catawba falls to 3-9 and 1-6. After taking the opening game, Lenoir-Rhyne took an 8-4 lead in the second before Catawba would rally back. Freshman Hope Miller (Newton, NC) recorded consecutive kills to spark Catawba to a 16-12 lead. The Bears would fight back to lead 20-18, but Catawba scored seven of the next eight points to lead 25-21. Behind a block and a pair of kills by Michelle Baity (Yadkinville, NC) Lenoir-Rhyne would even the game at 29-29. Rachel LaRoche (Wilmington, DE) put Catawba on top with a kill only to see the Bears tie it on a kill by Carolyn Prescott (Exeter, NH). Catawba then scored the final two points on kills by Heather Hawkins (Troutman, NC) and Miller. Lenoir-Rhyne got out to a 12-8 lead in the third game and never trailed. Baity was huge in the game, recording 11 of her 31 kills in the third frame alone. Catawba would roll to the 30-22 win game four behind Millerand Megan Bowman (Hagerstown, MD). Bowman had eight kills in the game, while Miller added five. Catawba led 3-0 in the deciding fifth game, but Lenoir-Rhyne followed by winning eight of the next nine points for an 8-4 lead. The teams traded points over several rotations before a block and ace by Lettie Wilkes (Williamsport, MD) and a kill by Bowman drew the Lady Indians even at 12-12. Lenoir-Rhyne recorded the last three points on errors by Catawba to claim the game and match. MATCH SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 Lenoir-Rhyne (12-5, 4-2) 30 30 30 22 15 Catawba (3-9, 1-5) 18 32 22 30 12 Leaders Kills: CC - Megan Bowman 21, Hope Miller 14; LR - Michelle Baity 31, Lynnae Mathia 12 Digs: CC - Crystal Bonner 23, Bowman 19, Miller 19 ; LR - Cassandra Stemple 17, Casey Ledford 15 Blocks: CC - Bowman 1-1/2, Lettie Wilkes 0-2/2; LR - Baity 0-6/6, Carolyn Prescott 0-4/4 Assists: CC - Lettie Wilkes 56; LR - Stemple 54 Aces: CC - Elizabeth Hewitt 3, Wilkes 2; LR - Stemple 3, Baity 2, Loraine Clausnitzer 2 Attendance: 217 Time: 2:07 #######

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