Volleyball Sweeps past Brevard


SALISBURY, N.C -- Catawba got 10 kills each from Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance HS) and Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael HS) in a three-set sweep of visiting Brevard in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians posted a 25-19, 25-15, 25-17 victory to improve to 9-9 overall and 6-5 in the SAC.  The Tornados lose for the first time in five matches, falling to 6-9 and 5-6. 

Catawba hit at a season-high 37.4% in the match and nearly 40% in the final set. Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va./Liberty HS) and McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden HS) just missed double digits in kills, each collecting nine without a hitting error.  Garrison added 10 digs and Morant tallied three blocks. 

Brevard got off to a quick start in the opening set, leading 5-1 and 12-8 with each four-point bulge forcing a Lady Indian timeout.  After the second timeout, Catawba ran off 10 of the next 13 points with the final three coming on kills from Garrison to push the Lady Indians ahead 18-15.  It was 22-19 when Hopper followed her hitting error with two kills for a 24-19 edge.  Set point came on an attack error from Brevard.

The teams traded small runs early in the second set with the Tornados cutting the Catawba lead to 14-13 on a kill from Fatima Gharachorloo.  From there, Catawba ran off nine straight points behind the serve of Morant, who delivered one ace in the surge.  Garrison had a kill, Howard a kill and a block and Hopper two kills.  Hopper and Howard killed off the final two points of the set.

A three-point Brevard run to tie the third set at 7-7 forced an early Catawba timeout.  The Lady Indians responded with a 10-3 run.  Hopper and Howard had kills with Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II HS) adding an ace in four quick points for an 11-7 edge.  Another four-point run with kills from Frabotta and Rachel Gallup (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland HS) made it 17-10.  Two more kills from Frabotta upped the lead to 21-13 and the match ended on a Brevard service error.

Gharachorloo led Brevard, who hit at 16%, with nine kills.  Whitney DeMoss and Hannah Elmore, who played just the third set, collected six kills.  Rachel Ruble posted five kills and four blocks, while Aleksandra Vrvilo registered 13 digs and served a pair of aces. 

Frabotta handed out 40 assists to go along with five kills, 11 digs and a pair of aces for Catawba.  Evan Schultz (Richmond, Va./Manocan HS) also served two aces.

Catawba completes a four-match home stand next weekend as the Lady Indians host Newberry on Friday night at 7 pm and Anderson on Saturday afternoon at 5 pm.

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«April 2018»
April 3

Golf (M) @ Tennessee River Rumble - Day 1 (Tennessee National GC)

Tennis (W) @ JC Smith 9-0

Softball @ Newberry 5-2

Tennis (M) @ JC Smith 8-1

Softball @ Newberry 3-5

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 11-9

April 4

Golf (M) @ Tennessee Rumble - Day 2 (Tennessee National GC) 10th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 4-5

Tennis (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-6

Baseball vs. North Greenville (Flour Field) 5-6

April 6

Tennis (M) vs. MARS HILL 8-1

Tennis (W) vs. MARS HILL 9-0

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 18-12

Lacrosse (M) vs. LIMESTONE 11-12

April 8

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Cobbs Glen GC)

Softball @ Anderson 1-2

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

Softball @ Anderson 0-4

Baseball vs. NEWBERRY 8-6

April 9

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Cobbs Glen GC)

April 10

Golf (M) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Cobbs Glen GC) 10th of 11

Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 13-9

April 11

Softball vs WINGATE 3-4

Tennis (M) @ Coker 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Coker 4-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 9-14

Softball vs WINGATE 2-4

Lacrosse (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 11-20

April 12

Tennis (M) vs. SHAW 5-4

Tennis (W) vs. SHAW 7-2

April 13

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3-6

April 14

Track/Field @ Phoenix Invitational

Football Spring Blue/White Game

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 10-18

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 8-9

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 10-16

Baseball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

April 15

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 1 (Woodcreek CC)

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 2 p.m.

Softball vs LANDER, ccd. 4 p.m.

April 16

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 2 (Woodcreek CC)

April 17

Golf (W) @ SAC Championships - Day 3 (Woodcreek CC) 9th of 11

Softball @ Coker 2-3

Softball @ Coker 1-4

Baseball vs. BARTON 16-10

April 19

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

April 20

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M-9th; W-10th

Baseball @ Wingate 2-8

April 21

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 0-5

Softball vs CARSON-NEWMAN 3-2

Baseball @ Wingate 9-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. TUSCULUM 13-11

Baseball @ Wingate 7-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. TUSCULUM 14-10

April 24

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 12-21

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLM MEMORIAL (SAC Tourn. - 1st Round) 18-10

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE, ccd. 5 p.m.

April 27

Baseball TBA @ SAC Tournament noon

Softball vs. Coker (SAC Tournament) 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. Queens (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 7 p.m.

April 28

Softball @ SAC Tournament

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

April 29

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

Lacrosse (W) @ SAC Tournament (Championship)

April 30

Baseball @ SAC Tournament

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