Garrison Posts Double-Digit Kill Efforts in Losses to Anderson and Flagler


ANDERSON, S.C -- Catawba dropped a pair of games in volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at the Abney Center.  The Catawba Indians lost a league match to host Anderson then a non-conference tilt with Flagler.  Catawba is now 3-5 overall and 1-1 in the South Atlantic Conference.  Anderson improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the SAC.  The Saints are now 5-1.

Against Anderson, McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden HS) led the way with 10 kills and 12 digs.  Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance HS) had seven kills, while Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va./Liberty HS) collected five kills, four blocks and three aces.  Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II HS) handed out 27 assists with five kills and six digs.

Flagler topped Catawba 25-19, 25-21, 25-15.  Garrison again led the way will 11 kills and nine digs.  Morant tallied nine kills. 

The Trojans hit nearly 40% in each of the first two sets during the 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 league victory.  They finished at 32.6% for the match to 20.4% for the Lady Indians.  The Trojans posted 37 kills with just five errors over those first two sets.

Four Anderson players reached double digits in kills, led by a dozen from Serena Jackson.  Jessica Harris, Jayln Knight and Tinsley Hallman each added 10 kills.  Knight added 16 digs, Hallman 11 with Harris totaling three blocks.  Setter Priscilla Irizarry provided 39 assists.

Anderson pulled away from an 8-8 tie in the first set to open up a 17-11 lead.  Knight and Hallman each had two kills in the run.  The Lady Indians tried to rally late after a kill and an ace from Morant made it 23-18, but Anderson put the set away on a kill from Jackson.

Catawba trailed 19-14 in set two before storming back to tied the set at 21-all following a block from Howard.  An ace from Frabotta kept the set tied at 23-all before a kill from Allison Gaminde gave the Trojans a set point which they cashed in with a Catawba hitting error.

In the third set, an ace from Megan Embry put the hosts up 16-11, but again Catawba rallied.  Using a 7-2 run, which included three kills from Garrison, Catawba tied the set at 18-all.  Another kill from Garrison put Catawba on top at 21-20.  Anderson responded on a kill from Knight and an ace by Hallman to retake the lead.  The Trojans won the match as Harris killed off the final two points from Anderson after Catawba got within a point.

The opening set with Flagler featured 11 ties and six lead changes early with the teams deadlocked at 12-all.  Flagler would run off four straight points and held on to that lead the rest of the set.  Garrison had a strong set for Catawba with five kills.

The Lady Indians started well in set two, building a 12-7 advantage.  Flagler would use an 8-1 run to turn the set around and go up 15-13.  Sara Davis had three kills in the run for the Saints.  A pair of kills from Audrey Hoffman (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek HS) helped get Catawba within a point at 19-18.  Flagler answered with three straight points and went on to take the set.

Flagler scored the first five points of set three and went on to build a 14-6 edge.  The Saints led 19-10 before Catawba got close with four straight points that included two kills from Garrison.  That would be as close as the Lady Indians could get as Flagler went on to win the set.

Megan Hooks posted a dozen kills for the Saints.  Davis added 10 kills.

Next up for Catawba will be the first home game in newly renovated Goodman Gym on Tuesday at 7 pm against Winston-Salem State.

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