Kellum Posts 23 Kills as Volleyball Tops Newberry in Five


NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Catawba held on to take a five-set win over host Newberry in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Eleazer Arena. The Catawba Indians improved to 7-17 overall and 5-15 in the SAC with an 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25 and 16-14 victory. The Wolves fell to 6-19 and 4-16.

Catawba fell behind 8-4 in the final set, but rallied and took the lead at 11-9 on three consecutive kills by Claire Kellum. A service ace by Morgan Pearson put the Lady Indians up 14-10. Newberry fought off the four match points to get even on a kill by Tori-Anne Whitlow. A service error gave Catawba another match point and Jade Brooks delivered a kill to end it.

Kellum delivered a career-high 23 kills, including eight in the final set. She hit at 40% with four errors in 47 swings. Kylie Morgan added 15 kills, 10 digs and three blocks, while Brooks finished with 11 kills, 12 digs and three blocks.

Jaida Henderson had a big day at the net with six blocks for Catawba. Morgan Hester provided 50 assists and 11 digs, while Malia Carr posted 13 digs.

Whitlow led Newberry with 18 kills. Kylee Kanealey had 14 kills and three blocks. Zoe Dinkins had nine kills with four blocks with Sidra Triplett also providing four blocks. Sydney Diaz had 15 digs, while Olivia Kozemko had 19 assists with three aces.

Newberry went up 7-1 in the opening set and led throughout.  Catawba took set two, moving out from a 6-6 tie to lead 14-9. The lead would eventually grow to 20-12.

The Lady Indians came back in set three from a 17-14 deficit. A block by Brooks and a setting error put Catawba up 20-19. Tied at 23, Catawba won the set on kills by Johnson and Kellum. Catawba led 15-9 in set four before Newberry rallied and went on top 20-19 on a kill by Becca Hallingstad. A kill and an ace by Hallingstad put the Wolves up 22-20 and another ace pushed the margin to 24-20. Whitlow kills off the final point.

Catawba is at home next weekend starting with Lincoln Memorial on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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