Volleyball gets split in opening day action at Adidas Inv.

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College split its two volleyball matches on the opening day of the Adidas Invitational held at Goodman Gym. Catawba opened with a four-game loss to Armstrong Atlantic, then came back to beat Converse in three games. Catawba now stands at 6-13 on the year.Catawba opened strong in the first two games against Armstrong, leading the first 6-2 and the second 5-0. The Pirates battled back to win the opening game 30-28, but Catawba held on to take game two 30-27. Armstrong would take the third game 30-22 and the fourth 30-27. Hope Miller (Newton, NC) recorded 17 kills, while Rachel LaRoche (Wilmington, DE) added a dozen kills with nine digs and three blocks. Against Converse, the Lady Indians rallied late to take the opening game 34-32. Miller fought off two game points with kills, while Elizabeth Hewitt (Hickory, NC) recorded consecutive kills to end the game. Down, 10-5 in the second game, Catawba roared back to tie the game at 12-12 and went on for a 30-24 win. The Lady Indians got off to an 18-10 lead in the third game and went on to win 30-19. LaRoche had game-winning kills in both the second and third games. For the match against the All-Stars, Miller again led the way with 18 kills and added 10 digs and three aces. LaRoche tallied 11 kills. Tournament scores Armstrong Atlantic d. Catawba (30-28, 27-30, 30-22, 30-27) Slippery Rock d. Pfeiffer (30-19, 30-25, 30-18) Wingate d. NC Central (30-20, 30-28, 30-14) Tusculum d. Pfeiffer (30-18, 30-20, 30-18) Catawba d. Converse (34-32, 30-24, 30-19) Armstrong Atlantic d. Slippery Rock (30-17, 30-28, 34-32) Tusculum d. NC Central (30-24, 30-21, 30-22) Wingate d. Converse (28-30, 30-26, 30-25, 31-29) Catawba Leaders (vs. Armstrong) Kills: Hope Miller 17, Rachel LaRoche 12, Elizabeth Hewitt 9 Digs: Lettie Wilkes 11, LaRoche 9, Megan Bowman 8 Blocks: Hewitt 2-5/7, Heather Hawkins 3-3/6, LaRoche 1-2/3 Assists: Lettie Wilkes 31, Meredith Jones 8 Aces: Wilkes 3, Hewitt 2, LaRoche 1 Time: 1:45 Catawba Leaders (vs. Converse) Kills: Hope Miller 18, Rachel LaRoche 11, Elizabeth Hewitt 7 Digs: Lettie Wilkes 13, Miller 10, Erin Naumann 10 Blocks: Hewitt 3-3/6, Heather Hawkins 0-2/2, LaRoche 0-2/2 Assists: Lettie Wilkes 36, Meredith Jones 5 Aces: Miller 3, Wilkes 2, LaRoche 2 Attendance: 311 Time: 1:28 #######

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