Volleyball Drops Tight Four-Setter at LMU


HARROGATE, Tenn. -- Lincoln Memorial held off visiting Catawba to take a tight four-set win in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Mars Gym.  The Lady Railsplitters won by the scores of 25-23, 22-25, 26-24 and 28-26 to improve to 10-2 overall and 7-1 in the SAC.  The Catawba Indians fall to 5-8 and 3-5.

Catawba rallied late in set four in an attempt to force a deciding fifth.  Down 20-16, kills from Allison Benton (High Springs, Fla./St. Francis), Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance) and Audrey Hoffman (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek) cut the margin to 20-19.  LMU held the lead and went up 24-22 before the Lady Indians reeled off three straight point on an error and kills from Howard and Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael) gave Catawba a 25-24 lead

After a timeout, LMU scored two points before Howard staved off a match point with a kill to make it 26-26.  The Lady Railsplitters got a kills from Samantha Cash then took the match on a Catawba hitting error.

Hoffman led Catawba with 14 kills and added three blocks.  Benton tallied a dozen kills with 14 digs.  Kimberly Hurtado (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) produced 11 kills with three blocks and Hopper chipped in with 10 kills and had four blocks.  Howard recorded six blocks and served three aces.

Liz Brock led LMU with 19 kills and added 12 digs.  Samantha Cash followed with 18 kills and Kiera Holland delivered 11 kills and four blocks.  Abby Cash handed out 42 assists with 17 digs.

Lincoln Memorial took an early 4-1 lead in the opening set on a kill from Holland and an ace by Brock.  LMU led by as many as six before Catawba rallied late and pulled within 23-22 on an ace from Howard.  Holland and Benton traded kills before a kill from Brock ended the set.

Catawba turned a quick 4-1 deficit in to a 10-7 lead in set two.  LMU ran off four straight points to take a 17-16 lead, but a kill from Benton, a block by Hurtado and an attack error put the Lady Indians up 19-17.  LMU regained the lead at 20-19 before back-to-back kill from Hurtado put Catawba on top to stay.  Hopper will kill the final point.

LMU was up early in set three at 8-4 then a 7-2 run by Catawba put the Lady Indians up 11-10.  That run included a pair of aces by Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee).  A kill from Brock had LMU up 20-18, but kills from Howard and Hoffman along with two attack errors had Catawba ahead 22-20.  Catawba had a set point after a combo block from Howard and Hoffman, but an attack error tied the set and LMU won it on kills from Brock and Samantha Cash.

Catawba travels to Carson-Newman for a 5 pm match on Saturday.

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