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Colette Romp
Colette Romp led the Bears with 12 kills in the win over Catawba.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Catawba

Lenoir-Rhyne won each set 25-18 to secure the sweep of Catawba and also sweep the three-game season series from Catawba as Colette Romp had a record night. With the South Atlantic Conference going to a divisional format, each team plays one opponent three times. The Bears and Catawba met three times with all three going LR’s way by 3-0 finals.

The Bears were firing on all cylinders, especially in the second set. LR finished the frame with a .441 hitting percentage and just one error. For the match, LR outhit Catawba .290 to .062. LR had a 43-26 advantage in kills and a 7-2 edge in service aces.

Colette Romp was on another level in the match, finishing with a game-high 12 kills and hitting a career-best .706. Braelyn Faust hit .533 and had four solo blocks in the contest. Emmaleigh Allen (12), Bailey Carpenter (10) and Ashley Hawkins (10) all finished in double figures in digs. Mackenzie Hulsey handed out 29 assists for LR.

Romp’s hitting percentage is the highest in team history for anyone with at least 12 kills in a match. Faust’s four solo blocks are the most in the past five seasons for LR.

The Bears are now 10-3 in three-set matches this season. LR has now won a program-record 11 straight matches over Catawba and spoiled the Indians’ senior night. The Bears conclude their regular season road slate with a 6-5 mark.

The Bears are 16-8 overall, 11-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will return to action on Wednesday when they host Anderson at 6 p.m.