Volleyball Suffers Second Straight Five-Set Loss


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Visiting Queens rallied late in the fifth set to claim a win over Catawba in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Tuesday night at Goodman Gym.  The Royals took the victory, winning by the scores of 25-27, 25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13 to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fell to 2-5 and 1-2.

Catawba scored the first three points of the deciding fifth set and went up 11-7 after a service ace by Allison Benton (High Springs, Fla./St. Francis).  The Royals rallied from there, scoring the next six points.  The run started with consecutive kills by Rebecca Cochran and ended on a kill from Jessica Raines and a combo block from Raines and Hannah Lewis.  The Lady Indians fought off a match point at 14-12, but Alex Thompson killed off the final point for Queens.

McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden) led the way for Catawba with a match-high 20 kills, while adding 14 digs.  Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael) collected a dozen kills and freshman Allie Grubb (Trinity, N.C./Wheatmore) added 11 with a pair of aces.  Libero Meredith Furr (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill) provided 25 digs and setter Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) had 51 assists.

Cochran posted 19 kills with 17 digs for Queens.  Raines followed with 17 kills and five blocks, while Lewis posted seven blocks. 

Catawba grabbed the first set which was tight early, but saw the Lady Indians fall behind 22-18 after a kill from Meredith Jones.  A service error had Catawba down 24-21 before fighting off three set points.  Stanford and Garrison had kills then pulled even on an attack error.  A Garrison kill put Catawba level at 25-all then Furr followed with an ace and Garrison another kill to end the set.

Queens pulled away midway through the second set and led 18-14 after a Thompson kill ended a three-point run.  A kill from Raines stretched the lead to 23-16.  Raines would kill off set point.

Catawba stormed out to a 4-0 lead in set three and held a 13-9 edge before Queens fought back.  Jones and Raines each had two kill to tie the set.  The set was still tied when the Royals put down the final three points of the set on a kill from Raines and two by Cochran.

For the third straight match, Catawba battled back from a 2-1 deficit to force a final set by taking set four.  A 5-0 run with two kills from Hopper and an ace from Grubb had the Lady Indians up 9-4.  Grubb’s kill pushed the lead to 17-10.  After a timeout, Queens closed within 17-14, but Grubb had two kills in another 5-0 Catawba run that put the Lady Indians up 22-14. 

Catawba is back home again on Saturday, facing Wingate at 5 p.m.

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