Balanced Attack Gets Volleyball Sweep of Tusculum


SALISBURY, N.C. – Catawba hit at nearly 27% and recorded a dozen blocks in sweeping a South Atlantic Conference volleyball match from visiting Tusculum on Saturday at Goodman Gym.  The Catawba Indians won for the third straight time in improving to 12-10 overall and 10-7 in the SAC, winning by the scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-22.  The Pioneers fall to 11-14 and 6-11.

Catawba stormed to a 7-1 lead to open the match as Bri Howard (Graham, N.C./S. Alamance) had a kill and combined with Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) on a pair of blocks.  Tusculum regrouped after a timeout and cut the margin to 9-7 on kills from Laryssa Welch and Melissa Mazur.

The Lady Indians would twice build five-point leads before the Pioneers closed within 18-17 on an ace by Megan Yopko.  Audrey Hoffman (Dacula, Ga./Mill Creek) answered with a Catawba kill and after two from Howard the Lady Indians led 21-17.  A kill from Howard and two Catawba blocks moved the score to 24-19 and Kimberly Hurtado (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) had a kill to end the set.

After a tight early part of set two, Catawba used a 5-1 run to go up 11-6.  A later 7-2 run pushed the lead to 19-9.  The Lady Indians held a comfortable lead the rest of the way with Hurtado killing off another set point.

Catawba scored the first four points of set three and used another 5-0 run to lead 12-3 after an ace from McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden).  Miriah Lewis served a pair of aces as Tusculum closed within 13-11 and kill by Rachel Garnett had the Pioneers down just 14-13.

The Lady Indians never led Tusculum tie the final set, going up 20-16 after a Garrison kill.  A kill from Alex Hopper (Madison, N.C./McMichael) pushed Catawba’s lead to 23-18 before the Pioneers ran off four points to tighten up the set.  Hallie Zumack had two aces in the late run.  After her final ace made it 23-22, Allison Benton (High Springs, Fla./St. Francis) killed a point to give Catawba a 24-22 lead and the match ended on a Tusculum attack error.

Howard led a balanced Catawba attack with eight kills.  Hoffman and Hopper added seven each with Garrison collecting six.  Howard and Hurtado posted five blocks with Stanford adding four blocks along with 35 assists.  Garrison and Meredith Furr (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill) both had 12 digs.

Tusculum got nine kills from Garnett and seven from Welch, but the Pioneers hit just 9%.  Zumack served a pair of aces with 27 assists and 10 digs.  Sabrina Schleuger recorded 14 digs.

Catawba will host Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday at 7 pm.

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