Volleyball Can't Sustain Good Start, Drop League Opener at LR


HICKORY, NC -- Catawba could not capitalize on a good start and dropped a four-set decision to host Lenoir-Rhyne in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Shuford Gym.  The Bears won by the scores of 22-25, 25-20, 25-15 and 25-10 to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 0-3 and 0-1.

Rachel Gallup (Fredericksburg, VA/Courtland HS) led Catawba with 11 kills with Erin Morant (Bealeton, VA/Liberty HS) and Haley Lanier (Burgaw, NC/Pender Co. HS) each posting nine kills.  Morant, along with setter Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, MI/Henry Ford II HS), recorded three blocks with libero McKenzie Garrison (Newton, NC/Maiden HS) serving up four aces.  Frabotta handed out 37 assists and Taylor Houser (Mt. Holly, NC/S. Point HS/Pfeiffer) dug up 11 balls.

Down 3-1 in the opening set, Garrison served up a pair of aces and Gallup recorded a pair of kills in a 5-0 run that put the Lady Indians up 6-3.  Ashley Wells had a pair of aces to get L-R even at 8-8 and the set stayed tied at 12-12.  Bri Howard (Graham, NC/S. Alamance HS) had a kill and Garrison another ace to move Catawba up 15-12.

Catawba moved out to a 19-15 edge, but LR rallied back with two kills from Haley Rhyne and an ace from Kayla Morrow to pull within 20-19.  The teams would trade points until Morant and Gallup collected consecutive kills to give Catawba the opening set 25-22.

The Lady Indians kept set two close, trailing 12-9 after a kill from Lanier, but the Bears started pulling away from there.  Consecutive kills from Wells made the score 16-9 and after a kill from Briana Gottberg the margin was 19-11.  Catawba made a brief run, closing to 19-15 after two kills from Morant and an ace from Caitlin Turner (Chesapeake, VA/Hickory HS).  That would be as close as the Lady Indians would get as the Bears put the set away on a kill from Wells.

Wells had three kills early in set three to get Lenoir-Rhyne out to a 6-1 lead.  Morant and Frabotta combined on a block to make it 8-5, but the Bears got two aces from Wells to stretch the lead to 12-5.  An ace from Morrow and two kills from Rhyne helped build the margin to 19-6 and the Bears took the set on a service error.

It was more of the same in set four as Wells posted two kills to send the Bears to a 4-0 edge.  It was 8-5 when Lenoir-Rhyne started to put the match away.  The Bears scored 12 straight points, three coming on kills from Rhyne, to go up 20-5.  Another Catawba service error ended the match.

Rhyne posted 17 kills to lead the Bears.  Wells followed with 14 kills and served four aces.  Gottberg handed out 47 assists in the win.  L-R hit 32% in the victory, including 48% in the final set.  Catawba started well, hitting 39% in the opening set, but fell off to 17% for the match.  Catawba hit just 3% in the final two sets combined.

Catawba jumps back into league action on Saturday as the Lady Indians travel to Brevard for a match that begins at 2 p.m.

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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1) 

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 6-3

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 0-9

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 27-12

Baseball vs. COKER 26-1

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 5-16

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2) 

Baseball vs. COKER 16-4

Softball vs USC AIKEN 6-2

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 83-48

Softball vs USC AIKEN 5-4

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 103-94

Baseball vs. COKER 15-5

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 6 p.m.

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