November 19, 2011
Volleyball's Season Ends With Regional Semi Loss to Wingate
WINGATE, NC -- The Catawba had its volleyball season come to an end as top-seeded Wingate won in three-sets in the semifinals of the 2011 NCAA II Southeast Region Tournament on Saturday night at Cuddy Arena. The top-seeded and 14th-ranked Wingate Bulldogs hit .315 on the match to take the 25-18, 25-17 and 25-21 victory. Wingate improve to 32-0 overall, advancing to the regional championship match for the third consecutive year. The Catawba Indians end its season at 24-8 overall.
Cory McGowan (Pittsburgh, PA) led the Wingate attack, piling up 15 kills and 14 digs, hitting. 433 on the match. Susie Murach (Burke, VA) added 13 kills, while Anna Hilton (Hickory, NC) had 10 kills, 10 digs and a .400 hitting percentage. Setter Liz Willis (Raleigh, NC) notched 40 assists and eight digs, while libero Maggie Malone (Chicago, IL) added 12 digs for the Bulldogs.
Kaitlyn Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS) had nine kills to lead the Catawba attack. Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) added six kills for the Lady Indians. Setter Jordan Raye (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) had 19 assists, 11 digs and three kills, while libero Jenny Young (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry HS) had a match-high 17 digs.
A 3-0 Wingate run, capped by a kill from Lexi Potter (North Liberty, IA gave Wingate an early 11-7 lead in the opening set. Raye answered with a kill to trim the lead to three, but the ‘Dogs responded with kills from Murach and Hilton to help stretch the advantage to seven at 17-10. Catawba would get no closer than five the rest of the way. Kills from McGowan and Hilton made it 24-18, while another Hilton kill finished the first set.
Kills from Willis and Hilton, along with a McGowan ace gave Wingate a 15-9 lead in set two. Savannah Tomlinson (Rensenburg, NY/Westhampton Beach HS/UNCG) answered with a kill to trim the lead to five. The Bulldogs scored the next four points to extend the lead to nine, thanks to two kills each from Murach and Grace Krauser (Louisville, KY). Catawba would get no closer than seven the rest of the way. A kill from Janice Ehorn (Orange, CT), followed by a Catawba error made it 24-16. Wingate claimed the second frame on a Catawba error. The Bulldogs hit .368 in set two.
The third set stayed tight early, with a Whitmer kill and Wingate error tying it at 12. The ‘Dogs scored five of the next six points to go on top 17-13. Murach started it with a kill, while McGowan added a kill in the flurry. A Meeks kill, followed by an ace from Emily Richardson (Salem, VA/Salem HS) trimmed the lead to two at 19-17. Whitmer added a kill to get Catawba to within one at 21-20. Krauser responded with a key kill to push the lead to two, while McGowan slammed home the final three kills of the night for the Bulldogs.
Wingate had 53 kills and 13 errors in 127 attacks to hit .315 on the night. The Lady Indians had 27 kills and nine errors in 103 attacks for their .175 hitting percentage. Wingate will face Flagler in the regional title match on Sunday.