October 7, 2013

A midweek trek to Lincoln Memorial looms for volleyball

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – After back-to-back home games, the Carson-Newman Eagles (8-7, 3-5) embark on the first of five straight games away from Holt Fieldhouse with a match against Lincoln Memorial (10-6, 6-2) Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Eagles split a weekend series against Catawba and Queens (N.C.) in the lone two home affairs in a five week span.  Carson-Newman needed four sets to take down the Indians Friday night. The Eagles hit a season-high .303 with 11 team blocks led by junior outside hitter Rachel Harper (Chattanooga, Tenn.) who had 21 kills and seven digs.

On Saturday, Carson-Newman dropped a five set match to the Royals in a match that saw Harper notch her ninth double-double of the season with 21 kills and 11 digs. Junior setter Kristen Pickett (Cleveland, Tenn.) finished with 45 assists, 10 digs and five kills.

With her performance over the weekend, Harper now leads the league with 207 kills, ranking in the top 50 nationally, and is second with 3.83 kills per set.

Picked third in the SAC preseason coaches' poll, Lincoln Memorial is coming off of a pair of victories against Catawba in four sets and Queens (N.C.) in five sets that helped Kaitlin Walton earn the SAC player of the week selection and Abby Cash grab the SAC specialist of the week award.

Walton tied a career-best with 22 kills on a .345 hitting percentage against the Indians and 15 kills against the Royals. The senior ranks seventh in the conference with 152 kills. With 931 kills, Walton is on pace to become the 10th player in program history to reach the 1,000 kill mark.

Cash set a career-high with 45 assists against Catawba to go along with 13 digs. Against Queens (N.C.), the freshman topped that total with 51 helpers and 13 digs. Cash has eight double-doubles this year.

In 2012, each school came away with a win in the two games played. Lincoln Memorial swept Carson-Newman at Mars Gym while the Eagles won an exciting five set match over the Railsplitters at Holt Fieldhouse.

Pickett averaged 8.3 assists per set last season against the Railsplitters. In the Eagles' win against LMU, Harper cranked out 19 kills and ten digs while junior outside hitter Lauren Santarelli (Colorado Springs, Colo.) compiled a .300 hitting percentage on 15 kills.

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