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Volleyball Puts Up Fight vs. #12 Wingate

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WINGATE, N.C. -- It may have taken just three sets, but Catawba put up a fight to the end against 12th-ranked Wingate in its South Atlantic Conference volleyball opener on Tuesday night at Cuddy Arena.  The Bulldogs eventually took the match 25-14, 25-19, 29-27 to improve to 8-1 overall and 1-0 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 2-4 and 0-1.

Sophomore Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael HS) led Catawba on the night with 11 kills and a pair of aces.  The Lady Indians hit 24% for the match, but kept improving each set until the end. 

The Bulldogs hit at 43.5% after swinging at 54% in the opening set.  Shelly Stumpff delivered a dozen kills and served five aces, half of Wingate's 10 for the match.  Lexi Potter collected 11 kills and had three aces.

Susie Murach got Wingate going in the opening set as her consecutive kills came early in a 9-1 run that put the Bulldogs up 17-7.  Cory McGowan had three late kills before Wingate put the set away with two Potter kills sandwiched around an ace from Stumpff.

Catawba jumped out to a 10-5 lead in set two and held a 17-13 edge after a kill from Audrey Hoffman (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek HS).  The Lady Indians' serve receive issues came in to play at that point as Stumpff served three aces in a 7-0 run the put Wingate up 20-17.  Potter and Katie Bludau finished off the set with two more aces.

An ace from Murach had Wingate up 14-10 in the third set before Catawba battled back.  The Lady Indians went up 16-15 after consecutive kills from Hopper.  The teams traded points until an ace from Abby Pennington (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg HS) put Catawba up 20-18.

Potter quickly erased the deficit with a kill and two aces for a 21-20 Bulldog lead.  Murach put Wingate up two with a kill before a kill from Hopper and a Bulldog error evened it up at 22-all.  The Lady Indians staved off four match points, twice on kills Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II HS), before kills from Potter and Stumpff finally gave Wingate the win.

Catawba hosts a pair of league matches this weekend, tangling with Lincoln Memorial on Friday at 7 p.m. and Carson-Newman on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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