Volleyball Takes SAC Top Dog to Five Sets


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba took perinniel league power Wingate to the brink before falling in a five-set volleyball thriller to open South Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday night at Goodman Gym. The Bulldogs stay unbeaten at 9-0 oveall and 2-0 in the SAC after the 25-23, 24-26, 25-14, 22-25 and 15-8 victory. The Catawba Indians fall to 4-8 and 0-1.

Down two sets to one, Catawba forced the final set with a spurt midway through set four. A 6-1 one run that included two kills by Micah Ensor and an ace from Allie Grubb pushed the Lady Indians to a 19-13 edge. Following a timeout, Wingate reeled off five straight points before a service error and a combo block by Kimberly Hurdato and Kylie Morgan stopped the rally. Wingate got kills from Hannah Givens and Phoebe Havenaar to make it 23-22 before Catawba ended the set on a kill from Hurtado and a block by Grubb and Morgan Hester.

Wingate surged to a quick 8-2 lead in set five and controlled the set. Havenaar posted two kills and two blocks in the early run. Catawba clawed with 11-7, but Wingate held on.

Ensor and Jade Brooks each posted a dozen kills for Catawba. Ensor added three blocks and Brooks 19 digs. Morgan and Grubb followed with nine kills apiece with Grubb collecting three blocks and serving three aces. Hester recorded 49 assists and 16 digs.

Taylor Williams notched 18 kills for Wingate with a piar of blocks, while Havenaar had 17 kills and three blocks. Rachel Alles handed out 58 assists with 17 digs. Treslyn Ortiz had 10 digs with three aces.

Catawba hits the road for its next four matches which starts with a league test againt Tusculum on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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