There was both good news and bad news for the St. Catharine College volleyball team last week as they took the court for a pair of matches. After winning a home match convincingly against IU-Southeast on Tuesday, the Patriots were dominated in a road contest at Georgetown on Thursday.
The split of the two matches left St. Catharine with an overall record of 8-15 and a 2-7 mark in the Mid-South Conference. The Patriots are in Virginia Friday to play conference opponents UVA-Wise and Bluefield. They return home Tuesday for a conference match against NCAA D-II Kentucky State starting at 7 p.m.
Twice in the first week of the season the St. Catharine volleyball team played IU-Southeast, and both times the Patriots lost close matches to the Grenadiers. The third time was a charm, however, as St. Catharine won in straight sets.
The Patriots, 8-14, controlled each set as the Grenadiers, 10-9, only led one time throughout the entire match, and that was just by one point. St. Catharine won 25-18, 25-16, 25-21.
“It was a great effort, a team effort,” said current interim coach John Rogers. “We played with a lot of enthusiasm and really supported each other.”
St. Catharine enjoyed one of their best nights at the net where they hit .316. Casey Stone led the way at .526 with 10 kills. Allie Southard and Rebecca Just also had 10 kills each and hit .391 and .296 respectively.
Randa Murphy and Chelsea Wichman had 20 and 19 digs as they led an active Patriot defense.
Things didn’t go quite as well Thursday when the Patriots traveled to Georgetown to take on the Tigers, who are ranked 13th nationally.
“They have a very good team and we just never got going,” said Rogers whose team fell 25-10, 25-17, 25-12.
Georgetown (19-2, 9-0) hit .316 for the match while the Patriots hit a season low -.019. No Patriot had more than four kills and only two, Wichman and Southard, were on the positive side in hitting percentage.
After trailing badly throughout the first set, the Patriots regrouped for the second set in which they trailed just 8-7. But the Tigers went on a 9-2 run to take control. In thethird set the Tigers scored the first seven points and then, after the Patriots, scored three unanswered points, they scored the next eight points to lead 15-3.