Morgan Records 18 Kills in Loss to Mars Hill


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba dropped a South Atlantic Conference volleyball match in four sets to visiting Mars Hill on Friday night at Goodman Gym. The Lions took a 25-17, 25-15, 22-25 and 25-15 win to improve to 14-10 overall and 11-6 in the SAC. The Catawba Indians fall to 5-15 and 4-13.

Kylie Morgan recorded 18 kills and had 17 digs with four blocks in the loss for Catawba. She hit at 43.6% with just one error in 39 swings and also served an ace. Ashley Johnson also had four blocks for the Lady Indians and collected six kills. Jasmine Wooten had seven kills. Libero Malia Carr registered 24 digs, while setter Morgan Hester posted 38 assists with 11 digs.

Sarah Goddard led Mars Hill with 17 kills and 21 digs. Sally Ann Johnson followed with a dozen kills and had two blocks. Grace Lilly tallied 10 kills with a pair of blocks. Setter Sara Pasour delivered 26 assists with 20 digs and had a pair of aces.

After falling behind 9-4 in the opening set, Catawba rallied and got within two on several occasions, the last at 12-10 after a kill from Jaida Henderson. The Lions went on an 8-1 run, which included three kills from Goddard and two from Johnson, to regain control and win the set.

Another surge midway through the second set provided the margin for Mars Hill. Leading 10-9, the Lions used another 8-1 run to pull out to an 18-10 edge. Lilly had two kills in that run. 

Morgan had eight of her kills in set three to help Catawba avoid a sweep. The set had nine ties and four lead changes. Down a point, Morgan had two kills to put the Lady Indians up 21-20. Lilly followed a Mars Hill error with a kill to make it 22-21 before Morgan posted two more kills. After her lone hitting error of the match, Morgan came back to kill off set point.

Mars Hill grabbed an early lead in set four, going up 11-5 on a block from Lilly. A Morgan ace cut the margin to 14-10, but Johnson and Lilly each had consecutive kills to put the Lions up 18-10.

Catawba is at home again Saturday, hosting Lenoir-Rhyne at 2 p.m.

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