(From Left) Chelsea Wichman, Rebecca Just and Allie Southard wait for a teammate to serve in Friday (From Left) Chelsea Wichman, Rebecca Just and Allie Southard wait for a teammate to serve in Friday's Mid-South Conference quarterfinal match.

Patriot Volleyball Puts up Tough Fight before Falling in MSC Tournament

             The season ended Friday for the St. Catharine College volleyball team. But John Rogers’ seventh seeded Patriots did not go down without a fight against the second seeded Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.


            “We competed, gave a good effort,” said Rogers following his team’s 3-1 loss at the MidAmerica Sports Center in Louisville.

            It was an effort that had the Patriots, who finished the season at 12-19, in position to pull an upset over the Blue Raiders who improved to 29-12 with the victory. After losing the first set 25-19 the Patriots took the second set 25-17. They dropped the third one 25-19 but were in contention to even the match in the fourth set when they trailed just 19-18, before losing 25-18.

            St. Catharine, who hit.208 for the match, was led by freshman Rebecca Just who had 19 kills and hit .224. Allie Southard, a sophomore, had 10 kills and hit .333 and Lauren Bowling also had 10 kills. Randa Murphy, the conference leader in digs had 29 for the match. Bowling and Chelsea Wichman had 15 and 13 digs respectively.

            Lindsey Wilson took the conference title by sweeping third seeded Rio Grande 3-0 in the semifinals and then upsetting top seeded Georgetown 3-1 in the championship match.



            The Patriots could have found themselves as spectators for the conference tournament. Had they not won the final regular season match at Cumberland University they would have finished ninth in the standings and not part of the eight-team tournament field.

            St. Catharine, however, took care of the Bulldogs last Tuesday in Lebanon, Tennessee with a 3-1 win. In one of their best matches offensively the Patriots hit .246. Just had 20 kills and hit .273 while Southard had 12 kills and hit .524. Casey Stone hit .273 with eight kills.

            The Patriots, who won 25-23, 24-26, 25-13, 25-19, got 35 assist from Wichman and 21 digs from Murphy.




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