Frabotta Serves Volleyball to Win Over Newberry


SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba grabbed a four-set win over visiting Newberry in a tightly-contested South Atlantic Conference volleyball match on Friday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians snapped a five-match losing streak with the 25-23, 25-23, 24-26 and 25-23 win.  The victory improves the Lady Indians to 3-9 overall and 3-7 in the SAC.  The Wolves fall to 10-6 and 5-5.

Catawba managed to take the opening two sets, but Newberry fought back to win the third.  The match looked to be going to a fifth set until the Lady Indians reeled off the final six points of the set.  Sophomore setter Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, MI/Henry Ford II HS) served the final points for Catawba, racking up four aces in the final five points.

Frabotta finished the match with five aces while dishing out 42 assists.  She added 14 digs, three blocks and a pair of kills.  Rachel Gallup (Fredericksburg, VA/Courtland HS) led the Lady Indians with 11 kills, while Haley Lanier (Burgaw, NC/Pender Co. HS) and Emily Richardson (Salem, VA/Salem HS) each added 10 apiece. 

Bri Howard (Graham, NC/S. Alamance HS) collected nine kills and had five blocks for Catawba, while Erin Morant (Bealeton, VA/Liberty HS) produced four blocks.  Libero Leah Ryan (Westborough, MA/Westborough HS) had 23 digs and McKenzie Garrison (Newton, NC/Maiden HS) added 17 more.

Catawba jumped to a 5-2 lead in the opening set after an ace from Meredith Furr (Concord, NC/Cox Mill HS), but Newberry reeled off nine of the next 11 points to go on top 11-7.  Rachel Moran served an ace in the spurt, while Jessica King had a kill and a block.  Catawba stormed back as Richardson lit a spark with three kills and a block in an 11-1 run. 

Newberry trailed 21-13 before the Wolves rallied back in the set.  Three straight kills from Amanda Soper cut the margin to 22-20.  After a kill from King and a bad set the Lady Indians' lead was only 24-23.  Gallup was able to kill off the next point to give Catawba the opening set.

Ryan and Furr had early aces in set two and when Gallup put down a kill, Catawba was up 9-4.  Newberry chipped away at the lead and pulled even at 12-12 on a kill from Soper.  The set stayed tight until the end when a kill from Morant gave Catawba a set point.  A hitting error from Newberry put the Lady Indians up two sets to none.

An ace from Moran and kills from Soper and Abby Roulston put Newberry up 5-2 early in the third set.  Catawba came back with an 8-1 run to lead 11-7 after a Richardson kill.  Newberry trailed 22-20, but kills from Madison Darby-McClure and Soper tied the set.  A block from Howard and Ashley Brown (Hendersonville, NC/N. Henderson HS) gave Catawba a set point, but three straight hitting errors by the Lady Indians handed Newberry the set.

Down 12-10 in the fourth set, Newberry went on a 9-3 run that was capped by a Soper ace and a King kill to give the Wolves a 19-15 edge.  Another kill from Soper had the Wolves on top 23-19.  A hitting error gave the serve to Frabotta who promptly served two aces to make it 23-22.  After a Newberry timeout, Richardson tied it with a kill.  Frabotta then followed with two more aces to close the match out.

Soper paced the Wolves with 17 kills, while King added 10 kills and three blocks.  Roulston also had three blocks with libero Elayni Stokes collecting 23 digs.  Setter Chelsea Mayor had 24 assists and 14 digs.

Catawba will play at home again on Saturday, facing Anderson at 5 p.m.


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