CVCC sweeps Buffs, SMC in regular-season home finale

CVCC sweeps Buffs, SMC in regular-season home finale

HICKORY, N.C. — The top-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team capped off its regular-season home slate on Wednesday with a pair of non-conference victories against Milligan University and Spartanburg Methodist at the Tarlton Complex.

With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 15-0 overall on the season.

No. 1 Catawba Valley 3, Milligan University 0

Behind 10 kills each from Aasia McNeill and Carter Gibson, the Red Hawks defeated the Buffaloes in straight sets during Wednesday's tri-match opener.

Set scores were 25-13, 25-21 and 25-19.

Middle hitter Kennya Sykes added eight kills and two blocks for CVCC, while fellow middle Delaney Conner recorded four kills and a team-tying four blocks.

Red Hawk setter Amber Barker aided her team's attack, tallying 30 assists to go with four blocks, while libero Caitlin Dailey made a team-high 12 digs.

No. 1 Catawba Valley 3, Spartanburg Methodist 0

The Red Hawks earned their second win against the Pioneers this season, sweeping Wednesday's tri-match finale.

Set scores were 25-13, 25-14 and 25-20.

Outside hitter Aasia McNeill once again led Catawba Valley in kills with nine, while middle Kennya Sykes wasn't far behind with eight kills of her own.

CVCC middle hitter Delaney Conner recorded six kills and a season-high five blocks, and outside hitter Carter Gibson also tallied six kills.

Setter Amber Barker etched 25-plus assists for the fifth straight match, tallying 26 assists in her team's victory, and libero Caitlin Dailey once again led CVCC in digs with 13.

The CVCC volleyball team returns to action this Friday and Saturday when it competes in the Wallace State Spring Bash in Hanceville, Ala.

The Red Hawks play two matches on Friday — against Division II Itawamba Community College at 5 p.m. Friday and host Division I Wallace State at 7 p.m. — before finishing the Spring Bash on Saturday with matches against Division I Mineral Area Community College at 10 a.m. and Division I Spartanburg Methodist at 11 a.m.