Friday, October 24, 2014


     It didn’t come as easy as the first meeting, but when the final serve was made the result was the same in Mid-South Conference volleyball Thursday in Lourdes Hall when the Patriots topped the visiting Bears from Pikeville 3-0.

     In the earlier meeting at Pikeville, the Bears (13-15, 1-12) managed just 14, 14 and 4 points in the three sets. But Thursday they put up a fight but the Patriots (22-8, 8-3) still prevailed 25-16, 26-24, 25-23.

     The Bears never led in the first set as senior Lauren Bowling led the way for the Patriots with five service aces. St. Catharine led just 11-10 but took control with a 5-0 run on the strength of kills by Casey Stone (Princeton, Ky.) and Allie Southard (Louisville, Ky.).

     Pikeville led the second set 23-21 but was outscored 5-1 down the stretch as the Patriots claimed the 26-24 win. Southard had four kills in the set and Cat Hall (Louisville, Ky.) had two. The Bears also led in the third set when they took a 13-9 lead and still led 18-17 as they tried to extend the match. But serving didn’t serve the visitors well as they committed nine service errors in the match, three of them after the score was tied at 21, in falling 25-23.

     Southard led the Patriots with 10 kills in the match while Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) and Shauna Stone (Bardstown, Ky.) recorded seven kills apiece. Jordan Strickland (Lexington, Ky.) had 28 assists while Jodie Klein (Louisville, Ky.) and Bowling anchored the defense with 17 and 10 digs respectively.

     The victory kept the Patriots in firm control of third place in the MSC as they trail Lindsey Wilson (10-0) and Georgetown (10-1). The final home match for Jason McDannold’s team will be Tuesday when they host conference opponent Campbellsville.