The St. Catharine College Patriots (8-7, 2-2 MSC) came into the week knowing that it would be one of the most difficult weeks of the season, but they had done all that they could to prep themselves for their first challenge; Campbellsville (6-1, 5-1 MSC).
The Tigers came into Lourdes Hall fresh off of a shut-out loss to the Tigers of Georgetown College, a team which the Patriots had taken to five sets just the week prior. Even with this in mind the Patriots were ready to battle the one loss Tigers and try to gain ground in the Mid-South Conference standings. Set one began slowly for the Patriots as they fell behind 14-8, forcing Head Coach Jason McDannold to take a time out. Out of the break the Patriots rallied, but were unable to overcome the early deficit, dropping set one 25-16. Set two seemed eerily familiar to the Patriots, as they fell behind 15-9, forcing yet another time out. However, the Patriots were able to muster more of a charge out of this break, striking two quick kills from Shauna Stone (Bardstown, Ky.). With the Patriots showing signs of life, forcing long volleys, the Tigers were scrambling for answers, but were able to capitalize on the errors made by the team in purple.
With two disappointing sets behind them the Patriots were ready for a change, and that change came off of the hands of the Abbey Sorrells (Elizabethtown, Ky.). During the third, Abbey was able to find ways to get the hitters involved, gaining the majority of her 26 assists during the frame. The highlight of the set came off the swing of Cat Hall (Louisville, Ky.) when she slammed down the decisive point to force game four. With kills coming in bunches for the Patriots (Casey Stone (9), Allie Southard (5), Cat Hall (6), Shauna Stone (8)), it seemed as if the Patriots had found a way to keep pace with the Tigers. As the fourth set came to a close the Patriots were unable to finish the Tigers, eventually dropping the set 25-18.
The Patriots’ week will continue Thursday at 7 PM in Lourdes Hall when the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders (14-0, 5-0 MSC) come to town.