Howard Collects 16 Kills in Volleyball's Four-Set Loss to LR


SALISBURY, N.C -- Lenoir-Rhyne rallied from dropping the opening set to claim a four-set win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Tuesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Bears posted the win by the scores of 19-25, 25-16, 25-18, 28-26 to improve to 18-7 overall and 12-6 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 6-18 and 4-14.

Haley Rhyne led four players with double figures in kills for the Bears.  She hit at 50% with just one error in 30 swings and added four blocks.  Brooke Redmond followed with 12 kills, Ashley Wells had 11 and Brandi Thomas collected 10 kills.  Setter Brianna Gottberg handed out 49 assists with 17 digs.

Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance HS) delivered 16 kills and three blocks for Catawba.   Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va./Liberty HS), followed with 12 kills and five blocks.  Setter Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II HS) collected 33 assists with 15 digs, three blocks and two aces.  Evan Schultz (Richmond, Va./Monacan HS) recorded 20 digs.

Catawba stunned Lenoir-Rhyne with a late surge in set one.  The Bears led 18-16 after an ace from Rhyne, but Catawba reeled off the next eight points.  Morant and Haley Lanier (Burgaw, N.C./Pender Co. HS) each had two kills in the run and Morant would kill off the final point.

Set two was tight until a late run by the Bears.  A 5-2 run helped give LR a 19-15 edge then the Bears ran off the final six points of the set.  Redmond had two kills late in the final push.

The Bears jumped out 11-6 in set three and held at least a three-point margin the rest of the set.  Up 16-13, LR ran off three straight points then used a 4-1 run to go up 23-16. 

Catawba jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the fourth set.  McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden HS) had two kills and a block in the early run.  Lenoir-Rhyne rallied, winning six of the next seven points to pull even. 

Consecutive kills by Rhyne put the Bears up 22-17 and after a block from Rhyne, LR held a 24-21 edge.  Howard brought Catawba back with three kills in a four-point run that put the Lady Indians up 25-24.  Redmond and Howard traded kills to leave Catawba up 26-25.  Redmond again killed off a potential set point for Catawba and Wells killed off the final two points of the match.

Catawba hits the road this weekend for a Friday match at Anderson at 7 pm and a Saturday afternoon match at Newberry at 2 pm.

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