The Patriot volleyball team was busy last week with four Mid-South Conference matches in five days. And when the last ball was served, Adam Stevenson’s team ended up with one win and three losses.
The 1-3 week left St. Catharine with a 1-6 conference record and a 5-14 overall mark. The Patriots currently are in a three-way tie for eighth place in the conference with Cumberland (Tenn.) and UVA-Wise. They still have seven conference matches to play. They will be on the road Thursday for a non-conference match against Midway College and are at home Tuesday for another non-conference match against IU-Southeast.
Not that the outcome was favorable to the Patriots in Tuesday’s match at the University of the Cumberlands. But one can say that it was a consistent effort for St. Catharine as they lost all three sets by the same 25-22 score.
Consistency, however, wasn’t the rule in the Patriots’ play at the net where they compiled a .050 hitting percentage. Casey Stone led in that category at .231, while Rebecca Just had the most kills with 10. Cumberlands, 8-5 overall and 2-2 in the Mid-South Conference, hit at a .109 clip.
The final three matches of the week were all contested at Georgetown College. St. Catharine lost Friday to Rio Grande by a 3-1 score and fell in Saturday’s opener to Shawnee State 3-0. They bounced back Saturday afternoon to top Pikeville 3-0.
In the setback to Rio Grande (21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 18-25) the Patriots got a solid performance from Stone who hit .400 in the four sets. But overall the Patriots hit at a .118 percentage. Just had 14 kills and Stone had 11. Lauren Bowling led the team in digs with 22 while Randa Murphy had 11. Rio Grande is now 13-7 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
The Patriots hit slightly better in Saturday’s match against Shawnee State (14-5, 5-1) when they lost 25-21, 25-21, 25-23. Just led the way at .375 with 12 kills and Stone hit .333. Murphy and Chelsea Wichman led in digs with 16 and 15, respectively.
Saturday afternoon’s victory over Pikeville (25-13, 25-13, 25-16) snapped a seven-game losing skid for the Patriots. They enjoyed one of their best matches of the season at the net with a .246 hitting percentage. Allie Southard had just one hitting error in 25 attacks as the sophomore from Louisville hit for a season best .560 with 15 kills. Just hit .313 with 13 kills and Stone had 11. Pikeville fell to 3-12 overall and 0-6 in conference play.