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Volleyball Sweeps Past Mars Hill

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SALISBURY, N.C -- Catawba swept past visiting Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym, winning 25-22, 25-17, 25-21.  The Catawba Indians level their overall mark at 7-7 and improve to 4-3 in the SAC.  The Lions fall to 4-7 and 2-5.

Catawba used another strong blocking game, posting 11 as a team with Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va./Liberty HS) totaling six and Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance HS) five.  Morant and McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden HS) led a balanced hitting attack with eight kills.  Howard and Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael HS) both collected seven kills.

Mars Hill got 11 kills from Lauren Hochstetler and 10 from Elizabeth Kaeser in the loss.  Victoria Kaiser dug up 22 balls with Kaeser collecting a dozen digs.  Setter Andie Russell had 30 assists and 11 digs.

Midway through the opening set, Catawba began to pull away from a 12-all tie.  Kills from Rachel Gallup (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland HS) Morant and Garrison push the margin to 15-12.  Howard killed off a point to up the margin to 21-16.  Mars Hill tried to rally late, closing a 24-19 deficit to 24-22 before Garrison got a kill to end the set.

Early on, the second set was much like the first with the teams tied at 10-all.  Catawba surged ahead with six straight points, turning a two-point deficit into a 14-10 lead.  Gallup and Howard had two combo blocks to end the run.  Howard capped a three-point run with a kill for a 17-11 edge and the Lady Indians went on to lead 24-15 before ending the set on a kill from setter Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II HS).

Mars Hill controlled the early part of the third set.  Down 9-6, the Lions scored 10 of 12 points to lead 16-11.  Catawba pulled within 16-15 before a pair of kills from Courtney O’Keefe pushed Mars Hill back up 19-16. 

Catawba rallied from there, scoring the next six points.  Morant had a pair of blocks in the run which was capped on a kill from Allison Benton (High Springs, Fla./St. Francis HS).  The Lady Indians ended the match with a combo block from Howard and Frabotta on match point.

Frabotta picked up six kills, handed out 33 assists, posted three blocks, collected eight digs and served two aces.  Libero Evan Schultz (Richmond, Va./Monacan HS) recorded 13 digs with Benton posting 11 digs and four kills.

Catawba travels to Wingate on Thursday for a 7 pm match up with the national-ranked Bulldogs.

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