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Catherine Pate
Catherine Pate led the Cobras with 13 kills in the win over Sandhills.
photo courtesy of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Caldwell Community College Sweeps Sandhills

In a match-up featuring two nationally ranked teams, Caldwell Community College & Technical Insitute’s volleyball team won 3-0 in straight sets over Sandhills Community College Friday afternoon on the CCC&TI campus in Hudson.
Caldwell won 25-21, 25-18, and 25-21 to win their 12th match in a row.  The Cobras came into Friday’s match ranked 13th in the most recent National Junior College Athletic Association poll while Sandhills was ranked fifth.
In set one, Caldwell took an early 10-8 lead before Sandhills battled back to take a lead at 13-11.  Sandhills would lead 20-18 before the Cobras scored four straight points to take a 22-20 lead and force a Flyers timeout.  Caldwell closed out the set 3-1 to win 25-21.
In set two, Caldwell stormed out to 14-6 lead, forcing Sandhills to burn both their timeouts.  The Flyers would rally, twice cutting the Cobra lead to two points.  However, Caldwell would close the set on a 6-1 run to win 25-18.
Facing a sweep in set three, Sandhills built an eight-point lead at 13-5.  Caldwell chipped away at the deficit, taking their first lead of the set at 16-15.  Caldwell would build a five-point lead at 21-16 and close out the set and match with a 25-21 victory.
Catherine Pate led Caldwell in kills with 13 while Laney Craig added 10.  Emma Grace Hiatt tallied 14 assists and Josie Chappell had 13.  Defensively, Emily Ramirez has 17 digs and Leah Pimentel was credited with four block assists.
Caldwell improved to 14-2 overall and 2-0 in Region 10 Division 3 play.  Sandhills saw their four-match win streak come to an end and their record fall to 10-6 (1-1 Region 10 Division 3).
Caldwell is undefeated at home this season (7-0) and will host Patrick & Henry Community College on Tuesday at 6PM.  Sandhills travels to Central Carolina Community College on Tuesday for a 6:30PM match.