Newberry sweeps Catawba in regular season volleyball finale


Darby-McClure


NEWBERRY – The Newberry College volleyball team swept Catawba 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-19) Saturday afternoon at Eleazer Arena.

With the win, Newberry has earned the third seed in the upcoming South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship and will host a quarterfinal match-up against Catawba.

Madison Darby-McClure posted 10 kills and Toni Anne-Whitlow notched 10 kills off the bench. Maggie Marsh had a double-double with 31 assists and 16 digs. Kensley Jordan notched 17 digs for Newberry.

Newberry (19-11, 16-6 SAC) ran out to an 8-5 lead in the first set. Catawba (16-12, 13-9 SAC) tied the set at 11-11 and then the set was still tied at 20-20. Whitlow’s kill capped a 5-1 run to give the Wolves the 25-21 set win.

Newberry once again got off to a good start, leading 7-3. Catawba pulled within two at 14-12. Newberry used a 7-2 run to lead 21-14. The Wolves went on to win the set, 25-17.

After a back and forth beginning of the third set, Newberry led 14-7. Catawba rallied to pull within 17-14. Newberry eventually shut the door on Catawba’s rally to win the third and final set, 25-19. Newberry hit a match-best .255 in the final set.

Alex Hopper tallied nine kills for Catawba. Rachel Stanford collected 25 assists and Meredith Furr recorded 30 digs.

Newberry will host Catawba next Tuesday for a South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship Quarterfinal matchup at Eleazer Arena.

On Friday night, the volleyball team earned a thrilling 3-2 (25-17, 25-20, 17-25, 22-25, 15-13) victory over Queens University of Charlotte on Senior Day at Eleazer Arena.

Madison Darby-McClure had a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs. Logan Hayward also notched a double-double with 13 kills and 19 digs. Toni-Anne Whitlow recorded 14 kills. Maggie Marsh dished out 48 assists and Mary Siebert tallied 27 digs.

The first set was back and forth before Newberry (18-11, 15-6 SAC) notched a 14-8 lead. The Wolves continued to hold the lead the rest of the way, winning the first set by a score of 25-17.

Newberry once again ran out to a 7-3 lead in set two. Queens (19-7, 16-5 SAC) tied the set at 12-12. Whitlow’s kill put Newberry in front 21-17 after a 9-5 spurt. The Wolves notched a 25-20 set two victory. Newberry hit a match-best .290 in the frame.

The third set was tied nine times before Queens led 12-10. The Royals posted an 8-3 run, going on to win set three, 25-17. Both teams combined for 17 errors in the period.

The Wolves led 10-5 early in the fourth set. Queens used a 9-4 rally to tie the set at 14-14. The set was tied again at 20-20. Queens led 23-21 as Alexis Bryant’s kill pulled Newberry within one. The Royals notched the next three points to forth a fifth set.

The fifth set was tight once again as the teams were tied at 7-7. Back-to-back kills by Hayward gave Newberry a 10-8 lead. Queens tied the set at 10-10 before McClure’s kill put Newberry in front 12-10. Whitlow had yet another kill for a 14-12 lead. An attack error gave Newberry the thrilling 15-13 set five victory.

Rebecca Cochran recorded 19 kills for Queens. Sydney Kunz had 49 assists and Megan Mancini had 39 digs.

Newberry wraps up the regular season against Catawba (16-11, 13-8 SAC) tomorrow at Eleazer Arena. The match is scheduled to begin at Noon.

Darby-McClure
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This release was provided by Newberry College.

This release was provided by Newberry College.

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