Volleyball falls twice in five at AASU Tourney

SAVANNAH, GA -- The Catawba volleyball team dropped a pair of five-set matches on the opening day of the Chatham Orthopaedic Pirate Volleyball Classic on Friday. Catawba falls to 5-2 on the year with the losses, while Florida Tech moved to 3-2 and Rollins to 2-8 with the wins. Catawba roared out to a 2-0 edge in the opening match against Florida Tech. Setter Nicole Schiedt (China Grove, NC) took park in three blocks to held Catawba to an 11-6 lead in the opening game and Hope Miller (Newton, NC) had a pair of kills in a 5-1 run to put Catawba up 26-18. The Lady Indians fought off four game points in the second before pulling out a 34-32 win. Down 29-27, a passing error pulled Catawba within a point and a combo block by Heather Hawkins (Troutman, NC) and Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) evened the match. Kills by Hewitt and Hawkins would fight off two more game points. Crystal Bonner (Yadkinville, NC) put the Lady Indians up 32-31 with a kill and after Crissi Harrison (Hickory, NC) gave Catawba a 33-32 edge, a Panther hitting error closed out the game. Catawba led the third game 16-11 before Florida Tech rallied. The Panthers would lead 29-24 before Stephanie Brendel (Drexel, NC) served five straight points to tie the score on a combo block by Schiedt and Harrison. Florida Tech would score the next two points to win the game. Catawba fell down 22-11 in the fourth game before trimming the deficit to 23-16, aided by a pair of kills each from Miller and Hawkins. Florida Tech would pull out a 30-21 win, then dominated the fifth game. Hawkins provided the first point for Catawba, but the Panthers then ran off 15 straight points to take the match. Miller led the way for Catawba with 22 kills, 21 digs and four aces. Hawkins added 14 kills, while Hewitt had 13 kills and three blocks. Schiedt posted 59 assists with six blocks. Catawba was slow to start in its second match of the day, dropping the opening game 30-19. Catawba led 18-14 in the second before going on a 12-2 run to close out the game on a Hawkins kill. The Lady Indians also controlled the third game, winning 30-21. The fourth game was tied at 20-20 until Rollins used a 5-1 spurt to grab a 25-21 edge and held on. The Tars scored three of the first four points of the fifth game and never trailed. Kills by Hawkins and Summer Zuck closed the game to 12-10, but Rollins reeled off the final three points for the win. Hawkins posted a dozen kills in the loss, while Hewitt added 10 kills, seven blocks and a pair of aces. Schiedt had 43 assists and three blocks. Erin Naumann (Cave Creek, AZ) had 17 digs after picking up 28 in the opener. #####

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