HARROGATE, Tenn. — Paced by Blaire Fowler’s record-setting performance, the Lincoln Memorial University volleyball team capped the regular season with a four-set victory (20-25, 25-21, 25-10, 25-20) over the Indians of Catawba College on Senior Day at Mary E. Mars Gymnasium.
With the win, the Lady Railsplitters conclude the regular season with a 20-12 overall record and a 12-6 mark in league play. LMU is the No. 3 seed for the 2012 South Atlantic Conference Tournament, set to kick off Friday in Brevard, N.C. Lincoln Memorial will square off against Catawba College in a rematch of Saturday’s contest, as the Indians finished with a 9-9 record in league play to earn the No. 6 seed.
Fowler, a senior middle blocker from Fort Worth, Texas, tallied a game-high 27 kills on a .556 attack percentage, setting the all-time mark for kills in a single match in the rally scoring era at LMU. She capped her performance with 14 digs.
Senior Jennifer Drumm (Staton, Mich.) compiled nine kills and ten digs, while freshman Jazzy Oates (Franklin, Tenn.) matched that effort with nine kills on a .333 attack percentage.
Brittany Pugh (Farmersburg, Ind.), who was also honored in her final match at Mary E. Mars Gymnasium, capped the match with a game-high 29 assists to go along with ten digs to tally a double-double performance. The final senior, Kristen Cantrell (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), notched a team-leading 16 digs, as she led the Lady Railsplitters to an outstanding defensive performance. LMU out-dug the Indians by a margin of 73-68 in the match.
Allison Beavers (Tomball, Texas) aided the offensive attack for the Lady Railsplitters with 21 assists in the match.
Kaitlyn Whitmer paced the Indians offensively with 18 kills, while Carson Brewer added 12 in the losing effort.
Jordan Raye notched a double-double with 26 assists and 14 digs while adding eight kills to finish third on her team in that category to come up just shy of tallying a triple-double. Alli Parrish also recorded a double-double performance with 17 assists and 13 digs, narrowly missing recording a triple-double with seven kills.
The Lady Railsplitters out-blocked the Indians in the contest by a margin of 7-4, paced by three block assists and a solo block from Fowler.
Lincoln Memorial recorded more than 15 kills in three of the four sets in the match, highlighted by a 15-kill performance in the third set with a .520 team attack percentage which led to a 25-10 set victory.