HICKORY, N.C. – The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program is hosting its third annual Catawba Valley Invitational this weekend at the Tarlton Complex.
The 17th-ranked Red Hawks enter the tournament on a 13-game winning streak with its last loss coming Sept. 2 against No. 16 Illinois Central. All three of CVCC's losses this season – all coming at the Owens Community College Invitational – are to the current No. 2, 3 and 6 teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II rankings.
For the first time in program history, CVCC welcomes a No. 1 team to its campus when Owens (Ohio) visits Hickory. The Red Hawks and Express – who play at 10:30 a.m. Saturday – last competed against each other in the third-place match at last year's NJCAA DII National tournament in Charleston, W.Va.
Owens is one of two ranked teams the Red Hawks will face during the Catawba Valley Invitational, including No. 12 Pasco-Hernando (Fla.). CVCC also faces St. Clair County (Mich.) and perennial NJCAA DI powerhouse Wallace State (Ala.).
A total of 10 teams are competing at the tournament this weekend, including Bob Jones (S.C.), Cape Fear (N.C.), Lansing (Mich.), Northern Virginia and Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.).
Admission to the Catawba Valley Invitational is free.
Catawba Valley Invitational schedule
Friday, Oct. 6
Noon – Wallace State vs. Owens (Court 1) and Bob Jones vs. St. Clair County (Court 2)
1:30 p.m. – Catawba Valley vs. Pasco-Hernando (Court 1) and No. Virginia vs. Lansing (Court 2)
3 p.m. – Cape Fear vs. Owens (Court 1) and Bob Jones vs. Lansing (Court 2)
4:30 p.m. – Catawba Valley vs. Wallace State (Court 1) and Spartanburg Methodist vs. St. Clair (Court 2)
6 p.m. – Pasco-Hernando vs. Spartanburg Methodist (Court 1) and Cape Fear vs. No. Virginia (Court 2)
Saturday, Oct. 7
9 a.m. – Cape Fear vs. Wallace State (Court 1) and Spartanburg Methodist vs. Lansing (Court 2)
10:30 a.m. – Catawba Valley vs. Owens (Court 1) and Wallace State vs. Pasco-Hernando (Court 2)
Noon – St. Clair County vs. No. Virginia (Court 1) and Spartanburg Methodist vs. Bob Jones (Court 2)
1:30 p.m. – Owens vs. Pasco-Hernando (Court 1) and Lansing vs. Cape Fear (Court 2)
3 p.m. – Catawba Valley vs. St. Clair (Court 1) and Bob Jones vs. No. Virginia (Court 2)
Below is a look at CVCC's opponents for the tournament:
Head coach: Sonny Lewis
Assistant coaches: Denny Caldwell, Bill Bonham
Players: Niki Polce (Soph., DS), Brynn DuVall (Fr., OH), Summer Sweeting (Fr., S), Cassidy Wlodarz (Fr., DS), Leah Ballenger (Soph., OH), Madison Lammers (Soph., OH), Jordan Alt (Fr., MB), Devon Heitkamp (Soph., MB), Kennedy Ames (Fr., OH), Carrigan Gray (Soph., S), Erika Angstmann (Soph., OH), Ally Angstmann (Fr., OH), Olivia Hermiller (Soph., RS), Michaela Eisenhauer (Fr., OH)
Last meeting: Owens def. CVCC 3-2 in NJCAA DII National tournament (third-place game)
Head coach: Kim Whitney
Assistant coach: Deann Newton
Players: Brie Tsamis (Fr., S), Cheyenne Miller (Soph., OH), Zoe Murchio (Soph., Libero), Marissa Niedermeyer (Soph., OH/RS), Tyler Hunter (Soph., MH), Natasha Bannister (Fr., MH), Morgan Church (Fr., Libero), Sarah Asbury (Fr., S), Emily Schoonover (Fr., OH), Carla Butler (Fr., OH), Camden Bitter (Fr., RS/OH), Lindsey Moore (Soph., MH), Courtney Rottum (Soph., MH), Abby Epstein (Fr., MH), Kim Johnson (Soph., Libero)
Last meeting: CVCC def. Pasco-Hernando 3-1 on Sept. 10, 2016 in New Port Richey, Fla.
WALLACE STATE LIONS
Head coach: Randy Daniel
Assistant coach: Jessica Coombs
Players: Andrea Jacques (Fr., DS), Emily Wilson (Soph., Libero), Lexi Byrd (Fr., MB), Kaylee Maddox (Soph., OH), Katie Edwards (Fr., DS), Lexie Riggins (Fr., MB), Kati Thomas (Soph., OH), Maya Jones (Fr., MH), Alex Wiggins (Fr., OH), Hannah Simmons (Fr., MB), Kelsey Borden (Fr., OH), Abby Borden (Soph., S), Caroline Gann (Soph., MH), Macy Green (Fr., S), Morgan Kyles (Fr., OH), Kennedy Watford (Fr., S), Courtlyn Barber (Fr., OH)
Last meeting: Wallace State def. CVCC 3-0 on Oct. 14, 2016 at Wallace State Fall Bash
ST. CLAIR COUNTY SKIPPERS
Head coach: Ray Cornwell
Assistant coaches: Paul Levandowski, Dan O'Barsky, Alex Shell
Players: Mackenzie Bryant (Soph., OH), Kaseka Mulomede (Fr., MH), Erica Vanderhaar (Soph., OH), Morgan Finch (Fr., DS), Muranda Dore (Soph., DS), Jodi Kilpela (Soph., DS), Abigail Brown (Fr., DS), Mia Tanton (Fr., MB), Caitlyn Quade (Fr., DS), Ashley Wypych (Fr., MH), Erica Labaere (Soph., MH), Maddy Seagraves (Soph., OH)
Last meeting: CVCC def. St. Clair County 3-1 on Aug. 29, 2014