The St. Catharine Volleyball team (14-9, 8-4 MSC) proved that they are the top Patriots in the Mid-South Conference Wednesday night against the University of the Cumberland’s (12-7, 5-6 MSC).
One again looking to improve their conference seeding, the St. Catharine Patriots came out blazing. Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) led the charge with three straight kills to kick off set number one. In fact, Rebecca Just commanded the offensive attention for most of the night with her season high 21 kills, posting a .364 attack average. “Rebecca was unreal tonight” said Head Coach Jason McDannold. “It seemed as if every time the Cumberland’s got some momentum, she was able to shoot it down with a kill.” With the Cumberland’s defense unable to find answers for the St. Catharine front line, set one went to the purple Patriots 25-19.
Just as it seemed the night was shifting in their direction, the St. Catharine Patriots started sluggish in set number two falling behind early. With the score 10-11 in favor of the Cumberland’s, the “Stone Wall,” Shauna Stone (Bardstown, Ky.) and Casey Stone (Princeton, Ky.), rose to the occasion, with a momentum swinging block that knotted the score at 11. After several digs to keep volleys alive from Randa Murphy (Greensburg, Ky.), the Patriots were able to take the lead late in the match. To push the momentum toward the home team Cat Hall (Louisville, Ky.) managed the lone solo block on the night to increase the lead 18-14. With the University of the Cumberland’s scrapping back, the “Stone Wall” struck once again with a demoralizing block, making the score 24-21 and propelling St. Catharine to a 25-22 victory.
Late in set three showed life late in set number three knotting the score at 24, but were unable to hold off the prolific St. Catharine offense as they were able to manage a 26-24 victory. Statistically the Patriots front line shined once more; along with Just’s 21 kills, Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.) and Shauna Stone contributed 11 kills apiece. Setting the hitters with her 52 assists, Abbey Sorrells (Elizabethtown, Ky.) shined scoring her season high in the category. Defensively the Patriots were led by Randa Murphy, Jodie Klein, Cat Hall, Lauren Bowling (Florence, Ky.), and Abbey Sorrells with a combined 51 digs.
The Patriots will hit the road Thursday to face the Cumberland University Bulldogs (12-14, 3-8 MSC) at 7 PM.