Volleyball Falls Just Short on Upset of SAC Co-Leader

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. -- Carson-Newman turned back an upset bid by visiting Catawba to claim a five-set win in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Holt Fieldhouse.  The Lady Eagles stay tied for first in the league with the 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 18-25, 15-13 victory.  The win ups Carson-Newman's mark to 19-3 overall and 13-1 in the SAC.  The Lady Indians fall to 11-10 and 8-6.

In the deciding set, Carson-Newman jumped out to a 6-2 lead on a pair of kills from Sara Fairley and an ace from Molly Locke.  Catawba came back and led 11-9 after a kill from Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael HS).  A kill from Rachel Gallup (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland HS) had Catawba up 13-11, but C-N won the final four points to win the match.  After an attack error, a Taylor Lowe ace tied it before Maddie Borch killed off the final two points.

McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden HS) led Catawba with 10 kills and added a pair of blocks and 10 digs.  Hopper and Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance HS) followed with seven kills and three blocks.  Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va./Liberty HS) registered eight blocks, while setter Kaytee Frabotta (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II HS) posted six kills, 14 digs, 24 assists, two aces and three blocks.

Fairley recorded a match-high 19 kills for Carson-Newman.  Borch added 16 kills and three blocks, while Locke had a dozen kills, 15 digs three blocks and three aces.  Catawba recorded 11 blocks on the night with Carson-Newman serving 12 aces. 

Catawba rallied from an early 13-8 deficit to win the opening set.  Down 23-22, Garrison had a kill to pull the Lady Indians even.  Carson-Newman fought off a set point with a Fairley kill to make it 24-all.  A service error and an attack error gave Catawba the final points.

The Lady Indians hit at a negative four percent in set two, but were as close as 17-13 late in the set.  Carson-Newman took a 19-13 lead on a kill from Natalie Harris and an ace from Megan Morris then used several Catawba errors to put the set away.

Carson-Newman hit at 43% in winning the third set.  A Harris kill put the Lady Eagles up 13-8.  Four straight Catawba errors upped C-N's lead to 22-13 and Locke's kill ended the set.

Catawba jumped to a quick 8-2 lead in set four.  Morant had a kill and a block late in the early surge.  Another kill from Morant gave the Lady Indians an 18-10 edge.  Catawba kept a solid lead the rest of the set and sent the match to the fifth on a kill from Garrison. 

Catawba will continue its Tennessee swing on Saturday with a 2 pm match at Lincoln Memorial.

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«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships W-4th;M-8th

Volleyball @ Tusculum 0-3

Swimming Men @ Wingate 65-177

Swimming Women at Wingate 56-187

Football @ Tusculum 40-13

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 1-2

October 24

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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