Amidst the largest crowd in Lourdes Hall this season, the St. Catharine Lady Patriots (7-5, 2-1 MSC) put on a show against the #7 Georgetown College Tigers (10-1, 3-0 MSC).
After falling behind 2-0 with losses of 25-17 and 25-16 the Patriots came storming back in game number three, breathing life back into the bleacher filling crowd. With the score in favor of the Patriots 15-13 the Tigers were forced to take a timeout that was followed by 7-4 run by the Patriots. As the set dwindled and the score tied at 24, the Patriots offense found their answer in the arm of Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.). Rebecca forced two floor rattling kills (six overall) through the Tiger defense, hoisting the Patriots to victory and forcing a fourth set.
Set number four showcased the tireless Patriot defense, which led to multiple offensive opportunities for the Patriots. With Jodie Klein (Louisville, Ky.), Maggie Goben (Louisville, Ky.) and Randa Murphy (Greensburg, Ky.) holding their own in the back row with a combined 40 digs overall, the Patriots were able to fend off the Tiger offense and allow the Patriot offense to shine. Led by the trio of Cat Hall (Louisville, Ky.), Shauna Stone (Bardstown, Ky.), and Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.) the Patriots were able to tally a total of 49 kills on the night, with 12 coming off the arm of Southard and 11 from Shauna Stone. Accented by a powerful kill from Cat Hall (nine total), the Patriots were able to win set four 25-20 and force the game deciding set five. “Our front row played well tonight” says Head Coach Jason McDannold. “Our defense gave them opportunities and we took advantage of them.”
Unable to capitalize on the momentum gained in sets three and four, the Patriots fell behind early 7-1, forcing a timeout by McDannold. With the score 14-6, the Patriots rallied with a 3-1 run, but fell short 15-9. “It was great to get to five” says McDannold. “Our girls showed that they don’t quit, but we know what our goals are. Even with the loss we are able to learn and gain ground on where we want to be.”