Monday, September 3, 2012


            The St. Catharine College volleyball team took advantage of the long Labor Day weekend to get in a lot of volleyball matches. And the result was two wins and three losses for Adam Stevenson’s team. That gives the Patriots a 4-8 overall record as they prepare for the Mid-South Conference opener Wednesday at home against Georgetown College.

            The Patriots opened their trip to the Lone Star State with a victory in five sets over Trinity International. After that win on Thursday they then fell twice on Friday to Spring Hill College (Alabama) and Montana Tech, both in three sets.

            They bounced back Saturday with an easy 3-0 win over Huston-Tillitson before losing the final match of the weekend 3-0 to Loyola University (Louisiana).

            The Patriots best performance of the weekend came in Saturday’s opener against Huston Tillitson when they hit for a .414 percentage, their best of the early season. Allie Southard had nine kills and hit at a .444 clip while Lauren Bowling hit .462 and had eight kills. St. Catharine won the match 25-6, 25-6, 25-10.

            St. Catharine’s best performance outside of that win came in the loss to Montana Tech (25-13, 27-25, 25-18) when they hit .202. Southard and Rebecca Just had nine and seven kills respectively.

            In the loss to Spring Hill (25-20, 25-16, 25-14) the Patriots hit .126 and against Loyola (25-20, 25-21, 25-15) they hit .156. Against Loyola, a team receiving votes for the top 25 in the NAIA, Chelsea Wichman had 19 digs and Randa Murphy had 16 digs.

            Georgetown will bring a 2-2 record into Wednesday’s conference match in Lourdes Hall. One of the Tiger’s victories came against # 16 Madonna University and the other against Indiana Tech who received votes for the top 25 in the pre-season poll.