With conference seeding at stake, the Volleyball Patriots (12-9, 6-4 MSC) hosted the Cumberland University Bulldogs (12-13, 3-7 MSC), Thursday night in Lourdes Hall.
Wasting no time, the Patriots got out of the gate quick, dismantling the Bulldog defense in set number one with quick strike, after quick strike. Led by Shauna Stone (Bardstown, Ky.) and her 10 total kills, the Patriots were able to win big 25-12. However set number two proved to be a bit more of a challenge; the Bulldogs were able to keep pace with the Patriots the whole way, until eventually giving St. Catharine their second win of the night 25-23.
After the set two struggles, the Patriots realized that the Bulldogs were there to stay. However, the Patriot offense responded as Abbey Sorrells (Elizabethtown, Ky.) piled up several of her game high 32 assists to allow the Patriot front row to go to work. With the offense scoring kill after kill, the Patriot defense kept the Bulldogs off balance. Sophomore Jodie Klein (Louisville, Ky.), led the team with her 13 digs, keeping the ball alive and allowing the Patriots to pull away. The dagger for the Bulldogs came when the Patriot “stone wall”, Casey Stone (Princeton, Ky.) and Shauna Stone, delivered an earth shattering block that took the wind out of the Bulldog sails. With the Bulldogs unable to find answers the Patriots took set three 25-13, sealing their sixth conference victory (school record).
The Patriots will hit the Lourdes Hall court once more Saturday, October 12 at 12 PM, as they host the Bears of Shawnee State University(12-10, 5-5 MSC).