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Volleyball Sweeps Past Coker to Snap Three-Game Slide

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- The Catawba Lady Indians took its first South Atlantic Conference sweep of the season over the Coker Cobras Tuesday night in Goodman Gymnasium.  Catawba won the match by the scores of 25-13, 25-11, and 25-20, improving to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the SAC. Coker falls to 6-4 and 0-4.

The Lady Indians bounced back from a rough match on Saturday where they hit in negative numbers to hit at 30 percent on Tuesday. Kimberly Hurtado (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) led all hitters with 10 kills and three blocks. Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael) and Audrey Hoffman (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek) each added nine kills with Hoffman tallying six blocks. Setter Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) dished out 38 assists and added eight digs.

Coker hit six percent and was led by Alexis Berles’ five kills and four digs. Bethany Prochnow added four kills and two blocks. Christen Bragg and Taylor du Bray each handed out eight assists.

Catawba took the lead immediately and hit 34 percent in the first set. Hurtado and Hoffman led the attack with five and four kills, respectively. Allison Benton (High Springs, Fla./St. Francis) and Hopper each added two kills. Stanford tallied 16 assists and five digs.

The Lady Indians led the entire second set jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back leading at times by 10. Catawba hit 42 percent in the frame and was led by Hopper, who collected five kills. Hurtado added three kills and three blocks. 

The only set the Cobras put pressure on Catawba was the third when they took their first lead of the match. Coker held the lead until Catawba broke a 7-all tie after a Hurtado kill. The Cobras took their last lead following a Cayley Gunter kill to break the 11-all tie.  Catawba regained the lead on a Coker hitting error breaking a 13-all tie. 

The Cobras fought and would tie the set four more times but never took back the lead. Catawba rattled off the last five points of the game after the final tie at 20-all was broke by a Hoffman kill. Benton and Hoffman each recorded four kills to lead the Indians. Hopper, Hurtado, and Allie Grubb (Trinity, N.C./Wheatmore) each added two kills.

The Lady Indians will be back in South Atlantic Conference action on Friday, as they host Mars Hill in Goodman Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

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