Red Hawks top Bobcats, Pioneers; go 3-1 at Invitational

Red Hawks top Bobcats, Pioneers; go 3-1 at Invitational

HICKORY, N.C. — The third-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team capped a successful fifth Valley Invitational on Saturday with a pair of victories at the Tarlton Complex.

The Red Hawks finish their annual event with a 3-1 record after two matches each on Friday and Saturday.

"I'm so proud of how the girls played together and got three wins," said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. "I wished we could have gotten four, but that's oaky. I won't be too upset. It was nice competition, and there were some good lessons learned. It will help us moving forward."

With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 18-3 overall on the season.

No. 3 Catawba Valley 3, Pasco-Hernando 0

The Red Hawks defeated the Bobcats for the fourth time in the past five meetings, winning in straight sets to open the second day of play at the fifth annual Valley Invitational on Saturday morning.

Set scores were 25-19, 27-25 and 25-13.

Emma Clark led the Red Hawks with 14 kills and five blocks, Meredith Patterson added eight kills and 12 digs and Macy Pope made 14 assists and 16 digs.

Defensively, Aasia McNeill tallied a team-best 18 digs for CVCC, while Amber Barker made a team-high 18 assists.

No. 3 Catawba Valley 3, Spartanburg Methodist 0

The Red Hawks closed out their host event with a straight sets sweep against the Division I Pioneers on Saturday afternoon.

Set scores were 25-14, 25-22 and 25-14.

Emma Clark and Meredith Patterson both recorded 10 kills each to lead CVCC. Clark added six blocks (two solo) in the win.

Defensively, libero Bre Myers made a team-high 15 digs for Catawba Valley and Aasia McNeill added 12 digs.

At the net, Red Hawk setters Macy Pope (13) and Amber Barker (12) combined for 25 assists.

The CVCC volleyball team returns to the court on Tuesday for a home conference match against Davidson County Community College.

Match time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.

"It's one of our last home games," Hudson said of Tuesday's match up with the Storm. "That'll be good for the fans to have one more home game before we hit the road again and go visit Wallace State in Alabama this upcoming weekend. There will be some more competition coming up."