St. Catharine, Ky. – In their first ever meeting, the Patriot volleyball team (14-7, 4-4 MSC) pulled out a pair of sweeps over Life (Ga.). The two teams squared off in a doubleheader with the Patriots winning each match 3-0.
In the first match, the Patriots overpowered the Running Eagles (7-6, 1-5 MSC) with a .493 hitting clip. The team posted 43 kills and just six errors in 75 swings. The Patriot defense did their part holding the Running Eagles to a .012 hitting percentage.
Cat Hall (Louisville, Ky.) led the way with 12 kills and a .611 attacking percentage. Jessie Stone (Fredonia, Ky.) and Mikaela Beck (Detroit, Mich.) also had solid efforts on offense with nine and eight kills, respectively. Stone posted a .615 hitting percentage and seven digs in the win. Jordan Strickland (Lexington, Ky.) set-up the Patriot hitters with 31 assists and zero errors.
The Patriots jumped on the Running Eagles from the get go in the opening set racing out to an 8-0 lead before winning the set easily 25-11. In the second set, St. Catharine held an 11-8 lead before they went on a 12-1 run to cruise to a 25-12 win. The final set was a bit closer than the first two, but the Patriots wouldn’t be denied as they won the set 25-15.
In the second match, it was the Patriots once again coming away with a 3-0 sweep. The Patriot offense cooled off a little hitting just .233, but the defense did their part holding the Running Eagles to a .079 hitting clip.
Rebecca Just (Louisville, Ky.) led the offense with 11 kills. Just also helped the defense with a team-high eight digs. Cat Hall turned in another solid performance with 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage. Jordan Strickland also matched her performance in the first match with 31 assists.
The opening set was a back-and-forth battle as neither team gained control until the Patriots went on a 10-3 run to win the first set 25-18. In the second set, Life jumped out to an early 5-1 lead, but the Patriots battled back to tie the set at 14 apiece. After the set was tied at 19 apiece, the Patriots ended the set on a 6-1 run to win the set 25-20. After the third set was tied at 11 apiece, St. Catharine went on an 8-0 run to cruise to a 25-16 win.
Lauryn Hyman’s team will return to action on Tuesday night when they host Kentucky State University at 7 p.m. ET.