Allie Southard led the Patriots to a win over Pikeville. Allie Southard led the Patriots to a win over Pikeville.

Patriot volleyball wins one of three conference matches

             The Patriot volleyball team was busy last weekend with three Mid-South Conference matches in two days. And when the last ball was served, Adam Stevenson’s team ended up with one win and two losses.

The 1-2 weekend 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.  

            The three weekend matches 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. Rebecca Just had 14 kills and Casey 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. Randa 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.



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