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Volleyball Falls in Three Sets to LMU

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SALISBURY, N.C. -- Visiting Lincoln Memorial claimed a three-set win over Catawba in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Goodman Gym. The Railsplitters came away with a 25-23, 25-15 and 28-26 victory to improve to 11-17 overall and 10-11 in the SAC. The Catawba Indians fall to 7-18 and 5-16.

Claire Kellum led Catawba with 10 kills. Ashley Johnson and Jade Brooks each followed with seven kills. Brooks added 14 digs and served a pair of aces. Libero Malia Carr recorded 16 digs, while setter Morgan Hester tallied 30 assists with 14 digs and three kills.

Emma Winford collected 14 kills and 13 digs for LMU. Yileen Ng He added 11 kills and three blocks, while Rylee Storms posted 10 kills and 11 digs. Setter Emily Walter handed out 40 assist and libero Sara Jones registered 16 digs.

Catawba got off to a 9-4 start in set one, but after a timeout, LMU rallied back and pulled even at 13-all on a kill from Winford. Winford and Ng He killed off five of eight points as LMU went up 19-15. Catawba tied the set at 22, but Kaley Long followed with two kills to push the Railsplitters to set point. Winford killed the final point, answering a kill from Kellumm to give LMU the set.

LMU jumped to a quick 8-2 lead in set two. It was 14-10, when the Railsplitters reeled off six straight points to go up 20-10. Long kills off the final point.

Set three went back-and-forth and featured 21 ties and 11 lead changes. A service ace by Brooks put Catawba up 18-16, which would be the last two-point lead in the set until the end. LMU scored three points to go on top 19-18 after an ace by Storms.

Kills by Brooks gave Catawba two set points at 24-23 and 25-24, but Winford had kills to get LMU even. Each team had an attack error to leave the set tied at 26-all. LMU claimed the match on kills by Ng He and Lindsey Nartker.

Catawba closes out its season on Saturday, hosting Carson-Newman at 6 p.m.

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