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Volleyball Takes Set Off Wingate, but Falls in Four

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Wingate got 17 kills from Shelly Stumpff and claimed a four-set win over host Catawba in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Thursday night at Goodman Gym.  The Bulldogs won by the scores of 25-21, 25-13, 21-25, 25-19 in upping their record to 24-2 overall and 18-1 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 13-13 and 10-9.

Wingate placed four players in double digits in kills with Anna Holmquist following Stumpff with 14 kills.  Katie Bludau added a dozen kills and Oakley Attaway 10.  Stumpff added five aces, while setter Iris Brewer handed out 52 assists with six kills, three blocks, five digs and two aces.  Kori Adams and libero Kimberly Hovey each collected 16 digs.

Rachel Gallup (Fredericksburg, Va./Courtland HS) led Catawba with nine kills.  Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance HS) recorded eight kills with three blocks.  Erin Morant (Bealeton, Va./Liberty HS) and Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael HS) each had seven kills with Morant adding four blocks.

McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden HS) picked up six kills with five blocks and 11 digs for the Lady Indians.  Setter Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee HS) posted 32 assists, five kills and 15 digs.

Wingate was able to pull away midway through the opening set.  With the set tied at 14-all, a block from Brewer started a 7-1 run for the Bulldogs.  Brewer also had an ace and a kill in the run.  Another kill from Brewer put Wingate on top 24-17 before Catawba closed to 24-21 with the help of kills from Gallup and Garrison.  An attack error would give Wingate the set.

The Bulldogs led set two 11-9 before surging to a 23-12 lead.  Holmquist picked up a block and four kills in the run.  Stumpff added three kills and two aces.  A kill from Phoebe Havenaar put Wingate up two sets to one.

Catawba fought back in the fourth set.  The Lady Indians jumped out to a 10-4 lead as Garrison had two kills and a block.  Wingate cut the deficit to 16-13, but a kill from Gallup and a combo block by Garrison and Morant helped push the lead to 19-13.  The Lady Indians took a 24-17 lead then had to hold off a late Wingate rally to finally win the set on a Gallup kill.

It was another mid-set surge in the fourth that pushed Wingate to the win.  Leading 12-9, the Bulldogs scored six of the next seven points to lead 18-10.  Two aces from Meredith Furr (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill HS) and a kill and block from Morant helped pull Catawba within 19-15.  After four Wingate points, Catawba answered back with four straight and it was 23-19.  Holmquist followed with two kills to end the match.

The third set marked the first time since 2011, a span of nine matches, that Catawba took a set off the Bulldogs.  The Lady Indians have not beaten Wingate since the 2008 NCAA II Southeast Regional.  Catawba closes out its home schedule on Saturday, hosting Coker at 2 pm.

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