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No. 11 LWC Volleyball sweeps St. Catharine, 3-0


Blue Raiders used come-from-behind victories in sets two and three to complete the sweep

By: Charlie Balcom

ST. CATHARINE, KY The No. 11-ranked Lindsey Wilson volleyball team swept St. Catharine (KY) Thursday night in a Mid-South Conference matchup inside Lourdes Hall.

The Blue Raiders (19-2, 6-0 MSC) improve their winning streak to 15-straight matches with the 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-21) victory.

St. Catharine falls to 17-5 on the year and 5-2 in Mid-South Conference play.


Lindsey Wilson has now won 25-straight MSC regular-season matches dating back to the 2012 season.

Set one began as a back-and-forth contest before Lindsey Wilson emerged with a slight 10-9 lead. The Blue Raiders would score nine of the next 10 points to build a 19-10 advantage over St. Catharine.

Patriots fight back

The Patriots would not quit as they fought back into the set with the help of a 4-0 run to trim the Lindsey Wilson lead to five points at 23-18. But it would be too little too late as the Blue Raiders were able to close out the set with a pair of kills, 25-19.

Set two started tight, but St. Catharine began putting together a string of points to take a 15-9 lead. The Patriots led 18-12 late in the set, but the Blue Raiders slowly began chipping away at the lead, trimming it to four at 21-17.

Lindsey Wilson would win the five next points to take the lead at 22-21, their first lead of the set since a 4-3 advantage. Following a Blue Raider block, the Patriots responded with a pair of points to tie the match at 23-all.

Yennifer Ramirez' on target serve
R Leading 25-24, Yennifer Ramirez stepped back to serve and delivered a ball that curled over the net and straight down to the floor in front on a diving St. Catharine player for the point, and the 26-24 set win.

Set three saw the Blue Raiders fall behind early again as St. Catharine built a 10-5 lead. But just like in set two, Lindsey Wilson steadily trimmed the Patriot lead, tying the match at 15-15, and again at 21-21. A 4-0 run capped off by a Catie Cline kill sealed the set 25-21 and the sweep for Lindsey Wilson.

Sarah Shilling leads Blue Raider offense

Sarah Shilling led the way on offense with a season-high 15 kills. Ramirez finished with 12 kills while Nadelina Nesheva added seven. Makenzie Montano recorded 36 assists while Kellie Ranney and Caitlyn Tino both finished with 12 digs.

The Blue Raiders finished with a team hitting percentage of .318 in the win.

Earlier in the night, the Lindsey Wilson junior varsity volleyball team defeated the St. Catharine junior varsity squad 2-1 (25-22, 23-25, 15-8). It is the second-straight win for the Blue Raiders after they defeated Pikeville (Ky.) on Monday evening.


This story was posted on 2014-10-03 06:25:23
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