Balanced Attack Leads Volleyball's Sweep of Pfeiffer


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba swept to a victory over visiting Pfeiffer in its volleyball home opener on Tuesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians picked up the win by the scores of 25-17, 25-23, 25-19 to improve to 2-3 on the year.  The Falcons fell to 0-4.

Rachel Gallup (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland HS) led a balanced Catawba attack with eight kills and only one error, hitting at 50%.  Bri Howard (Burlington, N.C./S. Alamance HS) chalked up seven kills with no errors (58% hitting).  The Lady Indians hit 26% as a team, while Pfeiffer managed just 2.5%, making 20 errors with only 22 kills.

Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va./Liberty HS) continued strong net play for Catawba with five assisted blocks.  Gallup and Audrey Hoffman (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek HS) each had three blocks.  The Lady Indians are averaging 2.26 blocks per set on the young season.

Catawba pulled away at the midway point of the opening set.  Tied at 13-all, Gallup had a kill and a combo block with Morant that started a 9-1 run for the Lady Indians.  Leading 23-16, Hoffman had a block and a kill to score the final two points for Catawba.

A Taylor Houser (Mt. Holly, N.C./S. Point HS/Pfeiffer) ace capped an early 7-2 spurt for Catawba in set two.  Pfeiffer closed within 10-8 on an ace from Shenelle Charlot (Lafayette, La.) , but Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II HS) answered with an ace of her own and Catawba went on to grab a 16-8 edge. 

Emily Wall (High Point, N.C.) served two aces to help rally Pfeiffer within 18-16.  Down 24-20, the Falcons got a kill from Kelly Lancellot (Naples, Fla.) and two more aces from Wall to make it 24-23.  The Lady Indians survived on a kill from Ashley Brown (Hendersonville, N.C./N. Henderson HS) to take the set.

It was another late run in set three that proved the difference for Catawba.  Haley Lanier (Burgaw, N.C./Pender Co. HS) produced three kills in a 6-2 run that gave the Lady Indians a 21-15 edge.  Pfeiffer never closed closer than four after that with Frabotta ending it with an ace.

Frabotta finished with three aces and 17 assists for Catawba.  Houser had two aces and 10 digs.

Lancellot led Pfeiffer with six kills and six blocks.  Wall served five aces and handed out 19 assists. 

Catawba is idle until next Tuesday when the ladies open conference play at nationally-ranked Wingate in Cuddy Arena at 7 p.m.

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