Volleyball Rallies Back To Knock Off Mars Hill


SALISBURY, N.C. -- The Catawba Indians were able to grind out a four-set win over visiting Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym.  Catawba spotted the Lions the opening set before rallying back for the 22-25, 25-23, 25-20 and 25-23 victory to improve to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the SAC.  Mars Hill falls to 1-8 and 0-6.

Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael) and Audrey Hoffman (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek) each put down 13 kills to pace the Lady Indians.  Allie Grubb (Trinity, N.C./Wheatmore) recorded five blocks with Kimberly Hurtado (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) posting four blocks.  Libero Meredith Furr (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill) dug up 20 balls and served a pair of aces. 

In the final set, Catawba turned a 9-6 deficit into a 17-10 lead with a surge mainly behind Furr’s serving.  Allison Benton (High Springs, Fla./St. Francis) had served an ace in 3-0 run that tied the set at nine.  After a Hopper kill tied the set at 10-all, Furr served up the next seven points which included her two aces.

Mars Hill crept within 18-14 on a kill from Rebecca Butler only to see Catawba stretch the lead to 23-16 following a Hoffman kill.  The Lions made one last run behind the serve of Lauren Hochstetler.  After her kill made it 23-17, she helped pull the Lions to within 23-22.  Hochstetler served one ace and Sally Anne Johnson provided two kills.

The key point came after a long rally that could have tied the set.  Hurtado and Alexa Marcy (Fort Collins, Colo./Fossil Ridge) stuffed an attack from Brooks Green that put Catawba at match point.  Mars Hill staved off one match point on a combo block from Green and Johnson, but Hopper was able to kill of the next point to give Catawba the win.

The opening set saw 11 ties and four lead changes.  With the set tied at 18, a pair of Catawba errors and a kill from Hochstetler gave the Lions a 21-18 edge.  The Lady Indians closed within 21-20 before two more Hochstetler kills and a Catawba error made it 24-20.  Hochstetler finished the set off with her seventh kill.

Mars Hill took a 4-1 lead to open the second set and led most of the way.  The Lions led late at 21-17 before Catawba fought back.  Five straight Catawba points were capped by a combo block by Grubb and Benton for a 22-21 edge.  The Lady Indians went up 24-22 after a kill from Hurtado and a Lion hitting error.  Mary Kate Griffin cut the lead to 24-23 with a kill before Hopper wrapped up the set with her own kill.

The third was another tight set that saw 10 ties and six lead changes.  Mars Hill saw Catawba get out to a 3-0 lead, but rebounded to lead 5-4 edge after an ace from Green.  The Lady Indians recovered their three-point margin at 13-10 then saw Mars Hill retake momentum and a 14-13 lead after a Hochstetler ace.

Hoffman pulled Catawba even at 17-all with a kill and it was 18-all after the teams traded errors.  An error gave Catawba a lead, but a block from Butler and Maddie Spurgeon tied the set for the last time.  A kill from Hoffman and a Lion ball handling error pushed the Lady Indian lead to 21-19.  Spurgeon’s kill cut it 21-20 before Catawba ran off the final four points, two on aces from Emilee Hawks (Mebane, N.C./E. Alamance).

Hochstetler led Mars Hill with a dozen kills, 16 digs, two blocks and five aces.  Butler added 11 kills and three blocks.  Johnson collected four blocks and five kills with Green serving four aces to go along with six kills.  Libero Victoria Kaiser had 17 digs.

Catawba travels to Tusculum on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match.

Box Score

Today's Events

Golf (M) @ NGU Inv - Day 1 (Columbia CC),
Golf (W) @ Wingate Inv - Day 1 (Rolling Hills CC),


«March 2018»
March 2

Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 2-3

March 3

Softball vs LEES-McRAE 1-4

Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6-5

Softball vs LEES-McRAE 4-1

Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-5

March 4

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA TECH 15-7

Softball @ Limestone 8-1

Softball @ Limestone 1-2

March 5

Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 1 (Crescent Pointe GC)

Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Lacrosse (W) vs. FELICIAN 24-1

March 6

Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 2 (Crescent Pointe GC) 8th of 11

Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 2nd of 17

Baseball @ Tampa 5-9

March 7

Softball vs. KING 3-17

Softball vs. KING 2-0

Lacrosse (W) vs. CHESTNUT HILL 16-15

Baseball @ Tampa 8-12

March 9

Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-6

Softball @ Emmanuel 2-3

Softball @ Emmanuel 2-4

Baseball @ Carson-Newman 9-3

March 10

Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-2

Tennis (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-8

Tennis (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-7

Lacrosse (M) vs. NEWBERRY 13-9

Softball @ Southern Wesleyan 11-0

Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 25-8

March 11

Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 1 (Monroe CC) 

March 12

Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 2 (Monroe CC) 5th of 12

March 13

Baseball vs. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 6-8

March 14

Baseball vs. INDIANA,PA 16-6

March 15

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Prelims)

Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 0-7

Tennis (W) vs. WINGATE 0-9

Tennis (M) vs. WINGATE 1-8

Lacrosse (W) vs. INDIANA,PA 7-25

Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 3-7

Lacrosse (M) @ Coker 14-8

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Finals)

March 16

Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 1) 

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Prelims) 10 a.m.

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Finals) 6 p.m.

Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 1-10

March 17

Track/Field @ UNC Pembroke Braves Classic

Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 2)

Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 19-10

Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 13-12

March 18

Tennis (W) @ Tusculum 0-9

Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 10-6

Tennis (M) @ Tusculum 3-6

Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 7-8

March 19

Golf (M) @ NGU Inv - Day 1 (Columbia CC) 

Golf (W) @ Wingate Inv - Day 1 (Rolling Hills CC) 

March 20

Golf (M) @ NGU Inv - Day 2 (Columbia CC)

Golf (W) @ Wingate Inv - Day 2 (Rolling Hills CC)

March 21

Tennis (M) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.

Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) @ Wingate 4 p.m.

Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 4 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ Wingate 7 p.m.

March 23

Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 1)

Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.

March 24

Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 2)

Lacrosse (W) @ Lincoln Memorial noon

Baseball @ Mars Hill noon

Softball vs MARS HILL 1 p.m.

Tennis (W) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.

Tennis (M) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3 p.m.

Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.

Softball vs MARS HILL 3 p.m.

March 27

Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.

Softball vs QUEENS 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) @ Queens 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Queens 2 p.m.

Softball vs QUEENS 4 p.m.

March 28

Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 1 (River Landing GC)

Lacrosse (W) @ Coker 4 p.m.

March 29

Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 2 (River Landing GC)

Tennis (M) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.

Tennis (W) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.

March 30

Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 1)

Softball @ Tusculum 1 p.m.

Baseball @ Anderson 2 p.m.

Softball @ Tusculum 3 p.m.

Baseball @ Anderson 5 p.m.

March 31

Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 2)

Lacrosse (W) vs. MARS HILL noon

Baseball @ Anderson 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 3 p.m.

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Lacrosse (M) Team Photo