Anderson Gets Past Catawba Behind Gillespie's 22 KillsOctober 12, 2013
SALISBURY, N.C. – Junior outside hitter Shannon Gillespie recorded her sixth straight double-double and 10th of the season, as Anderson rallied to defeat Catawba, 3-1 (16-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-22) in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action Saturday afternoon at Goodman Gym.
“Another great effort after a slow start,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda. “Shannon (Gillespie) and Hailey (Pittman) both had great games offensively and Allison Gaminde again came up with some great kills and huge blocks. Both Alix (Hooker) and Shannon were huge defensively. Priscilla (Irizarry) took the reins tonight in the setting position and did a great job. The team showed lots of resolve in set three to come back. Both Catawba and Queens are good teams and we had to play well to win.”
Anderson (8-7, 7-3 SAC) climbed above .500 on the season and moved into a tie for third place on the strength of its third consecutive victory and the Trojans’ seventh win in their last nine outings. Catawba fell to 3-10 overall and 3-8 in the league.
The Lady Indians snapped an 8-8 tie in the opening set with a 9-3 outburst and the Trojans were unable to recover. Freshmen Priscilla Irizarry and Jessica Harris teamed up for a block to pull AU within 19-15, but the Trojans would get no closer, as Catawba scored six of the final seven points of the frame to take the win.
Anderson bolted out to a 10-4 advantage in the second set, as the Trojans posted an impressive .326 hitting percentage by committing just one error in 43 attempts. Catawba climbed within 19-15, but AU answered by closing out the frame with a 6-2 run.
The Trojans fell behind quickly in the third set, as the host Lady Indians took a quick three-point lead and pushed out to a 16-8 advantage. But Anderson countered with a decisive 13-4 run to take its first lead of the set, at 21-20. Gillespie tallied three kills and junior Kelley Lacey added one kill during the surge, while Anderson capitalized on four Catawba miscues. Leading, 22-21, Gillespie and freshman Allison Gaminde sandwiched kills around a Catawba error to give Anderson the win.
Behind the strong serving of Lacey and junior Alix Hooker, the Trojans garnered a quick 6-1 lead in the fourth set. But the Lady Indians chipped away and eventually claimed a brief 17-15 lead. AU reclaimed a 19-18 lead on a Catawba attack error and edged out to a three-point lead on three occasions en route to the win.
Gillespie finished with 22 kills and 18 digs, while junior Hailey Pittman tallied 10 kills, a solo block and four block assists. Freshman Tinsley Hallman added nine kills and Irizarry dished out a career-high 36 assists. Junior Meghan Cautero chipped in 11 assists. Hooker came up with a team-best 20 digs on the afternoon, with Gaminde adding six kills and three block assists.
Catawba’s Rachel Gallup, a SAC All-Freshman team pick last season, led the Indians with 13 kills.
Anderson returns home to face Coker for the second time this season on Friday.
AU defeated the Cobras 3-1 in mid-September, with Gillespie notching a match-high 18 kills. First-serve versus the Cobras is slated for 7 p.m. at the Abney Athletic Center.