Volleyball Pushes Past Mars Hill In Five

MARS HILL, N.C. -- Catawba took a five-set win over host Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Stanford Arena.  The Catawba Indians improve to 11-10 overall and 9-7 in the SAC with a 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 21-25 and 15-9 victory.  The Lions fall to 6-17 and 5-11.

In the deciding set, Catawba turned around an early 4-3 deficit with a nine-point run that gave the Lady Indians control.  A combo block by Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael) and Kimberly Hurtado (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) tied the set and Allison Benton’s (High Springs, Fla./St. Francis) ace put Catawba on top for good.

Hurtado had another block and Benton a second ace to push the lead to 8-4.  A kill from Hurtado made it 10-4 and her block with Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) capped the run for a 12-4 edge.  A couple kills from Lauren Hochstetler helped bring the Lions within five before Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance) killed off the final point.

Howard and Hopper each posted 11 kills for Catawba.  Hopper collected four blocks, while Howard had three and served an ace.  McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden) totaled 10 kills with 26 digs.  Hurtado recorded eight blocks, Meredith Furr (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill) 44 digs and Stanford 48 assists and 17 digs.

Mars Hill got 16 kills from Mary Kate Griffin and another 15 from Rebecca Butler.  Hochstetler had four blocks, 23 digs, nine kills and three aces.  Sara Fahrenbrook handed out 54 assists and libero Victoria Kaiser registered 38 digs.

The Lions trailed early in set one before two kills by Butler and two aces from Hochstetler had Mars Hill up 8-7.  The set stayed tight until Garrison started a 3-0 run to give Catawba a 19-16 edge.  Up 23-21, a kill from Hopper and a combo block from Hurtado and Stanford gave the Lady Indians the set.

Mars Hill moved ahead late in set two.  Up 17-15, two kills from Sally Ann Johnson gave the Lions a 20-15 lead.  Catawba closed within 22-21, but a kill and block from Maddie Spurgeon gave Mars Hill a set point.  A service error would give the set to the Lions.

Catawba rallied from a 12-9 deficit to take set three.  Two kills from Garrison helped tie the set at 13-all and another put the Lady Indians up 15-14.  The set was tied at 21-all when two Mars Hill errors and a Howard kill gave Catawba a set point.  The Lions staved off two of the points before a kill from Howard ended the set.

Mars Hill never trailed in set four, going up 10-6 on a kill from Fahrenbrook.  A kill from Spurgeon pushed the margin to 15-9 and an ace from Elizabeth Kaeser upped the lead to 20-13.  Catawba closed within three before Griffin final ended the set to force the fifth.

Catawba will be at home to Tusculum on Saturday at 5 pm.

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«October 2017»
October 1

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 3) 

October 2

Tennis (W) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Tennis (M) @ SE ITA Championships (Day 4) 

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 1 (Ocean Ridge Plantation)

October 3

Golf (W) @ Myrtle Beach Inv - Day 2 (Ocean Ridge Plantation) 14th of 17

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 4

Soccer (W) vs. QUEENS 0-1

Soccer (M) vs. QUEENS 1-1

October 5

Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 7-2

Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 1-8

October 6

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 1) 

October 7

Swimming @ Converse Women's Invite (Day 2) 1st of 7

Cross Country @ Hagan Stone Classic W-1st;M-3rd

Football vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 26-20

Volleyball vs. NEWBERRY 2-3

Soccer (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

Soccer (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 0-3

October 9

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 1 (Rock Barn GC)

October 10

Golf (M) @ NCAA II Preview - Day 2 (Rock Barn GC) 9th of 17

Golf (W) in PATSY RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 10th of 17

October 11

Soccer (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 3-1

Soccer (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 3-4

October 14

Football vs. WINGATE 24-27

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

Soccer (M) @ Anderson 1-2

Soccer (W) @ Anderson 1-2

October 16

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 17

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 11th of 13

Golf (W) @ Lee Ann Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 12th of 16

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 1-8

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 4-5

October 18

Soccer (W) @ Wingate 0-1

Soccer (M) @ Wingate 0-0

October 19

Tennis (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-7

October 20

Swimming WOMEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 81-172

Swimming MEN vs. UNC WILMINGTON 91-164

Volleyball vs. MARS HILL 1-3

October 21

Cross Country @ SAC Championships W-4th;M-8th

Volleyball @ Tusculum 0-3

Swimming Men @ Wingate 65-177

Swimming Women at Wingate 56-187

Football @ Tusculum 40-13

Soccer (M) vs. TUSCULUM 1-3

Soccer (W) vs. TUSCULUM 1-2

October 24

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 25

Soccer (M) vs. USC AIKEN 7 p.m.

October 27

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 5 p.m.

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 7 p.m.

October 28

Soccer (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 1 p.m.

Football @ Limestone 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3:30 p.m.

October 31

Soccer (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (M) @ SAC Tournament (1st Round)

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