Volleyball Falls Twice on Final Day of Queens Fall Invitational


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Catawba dropped a pair of four-set matches on Saturday at the Queens Fall Invitational being held at the Levine Center.  The Catawba Indians lost to GRU Augusta and to Armstrong to fall to 1-3 on the year. 

Ashley Brown (Hendersonville, N.C./N. Henderson HS) led the Lady Indians against GRU Augusta with seven kills and a pair of blocks.  After recording 10 blocks in Friday's win over Limestone, Catawba piled up nine more against the Jaguars.  Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va./Liberty HS) collected four blocks, while Audrey Hoffman (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek HS) tallied three.

Catawba won the opening set in the 25-13, 14-25, 20-25, 18-25 loss against Augusta.  Up 9-5, Catawba ran off seven straight points to take control of the set and eventually led 21-7.  The Jaguars got out of the gates quickly in set two, jumping to an 11-4 edge.

The Lady Indians had an 11-10 lead in set three after a kill from Morant, but Augusta used a five-point run to grab momentum.   After Catawba pulled within 16-13, the Jaguars spurted back out to a 20-13 lead and held on to win the set. 

Catawba rallied from an early deficit to lead the final set at 16-15 after a 7-1 run that included three blocks from Hoffman.  Tied at 17-all, Augusta ran off four straight and took the win.

Bri Howard (Burlington, N.C./S. Alamance HS) and Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael HS) each had eight kills in the 18-25, 16-25, 25-22, 18-25 loss to Armstrong.  Catawba again blocked well, posting a dozen as a team in the loss.  Morant had five, while Hoffman and Brown each recording four.

Armstrong went up 12-5 early in set one, but Catawba battled back to trail 19-16 after an ace from Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II HS) and a Pirate error.  Armstrong would hold the Lady Indians to just two points after that to take the set.

A 5-0 run midway through set two gave the Pirates a 14-9 lead.  After closing the gap to 14-12, Catawba saw Armstrong reel off seven of the next nine points to secure the set.  Catawba got off to an early lead in set three and were ahead 23-18 after a kill from Morant.  Armstrong rallied to within 23-22 before a pair of errors gave Catawba the set.

Down 14-8 in the final set, Catawba stormed back to close the deficit to 15-14.  Consecutive kills by Emily Wylie helped the Pirates stay on top and Kim Brody served two aces over the final four points for Armstrong.

Catawba's next match will be its home opener as the Lady Indians entertain Pfeiffer on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Goodman Gym.

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