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John Rogers’ Patriot volleyball team easily won a non-conference match last week against the visiting Thoroughbreds from Kentucky State University, but then lost a Mid-South Conference match at Campbellsville University.
By splitting the two matches, St. Catharine enters the final week of the regular season with an 11-17 overall record and a 4-9 conference mark. The Patriots played their final home match of the season last night against conference foe University of the Cumberlands. Their 4-9 conference record puts the Patriots in a tie for eighth place with UVA-Wise. The regular season ends Tuesday at Cumberland University in Tennessee and the Mid-South Conference tournament starts Nov. 9 at the MidAmerican Sports Center in Louisville.
It was a break from conference play Tuesday when the Patriots hosted NCAA D-II Kentucky State. And the Patriots found the break much to their liking with a 3-0 win over the Thoroughbreds.
“We played well in all our areas,” said Rogers, whose team improved to 11-16 in winning 25-11, 25-14, 25-19.
The final statistics definitely bear out Rogers’ assessment. The Patriots hit for a season best .400. That sparkling play at the net was led by Casey Stone, who was a perfect 10 for 10 in kill attempts.
Allie Southard had nine kills and hit .368. She also had three solo blocks and two block assists. Both Lauren Bowling and Maggie Goben hit .417 with five and six kills respectively. Randa Murphy had 16 digs, as the Greensburg native ranks eighth nationally in digs.
Thursday in Campbellsville the 3-0 outcome went against the Patriots as the Tigers (22-8, 10-3) won the match 25-21, 25-15, 25-18. The victory allowed the Tigers to hold on to third place in the MSC.
Rebecca Just led the Patriots in kills with six, while Stone and Goben had four each. The Patriots hit only .082 as a team, while Campbellsville hit .278, led by Haley Bechtel’s 11 kills.
Murphy led the Patriots in digs with 19 and Chelsea Wichman had 15.