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LUEBKE LEADS VOLLEYBALL TO 3-1 WIN AT LMU

Katie Luebke HARROGATE, Tenn. --- Tusculum sophomore Katie Luebke recorded 25 kills and eight digs to lead the Pioneers to a 3-1 South Atlantic Conference win at Lincoln Memorial Wednesday night at Mars Gym. Tusculum (15-5, 6-2 SAC) won by scores of 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23.

Luebke finished with a 3.33 hitting percentage on the night, while Peyton Colclough (38 assists, 13 digs) and Carly Swisher (10 kills, 10 digs) each recorded a double-double on the night as the Pioneers won their third straight match and five of their last six. TC also got double-figure digs by Erika Garcia (20) and Gina Coffaro (17).

LMU's Amanda Horenkamp tallied 15 kills, while Ashley Knight and Candace Richardson finished with 17 and 14 digs, respectively.

In the first set, Tusculum jumped out to a 7-1 advantage, including three straight service points by Colclough. LMU responded with a 5-2 run to trim the deficit to 8-6, including three points by Knight. But Tusculum would maintain its advantage throughout the opening frame to take a 25-16 decision as TC led wire-to-wire.

The second set saw the lead change hands on six occasions. With the set tied at 20-20, Tusculum closed out the set with a 5-1 spurt, kills by Luebke and senior Heather MacArthur for the 25-21 win.

In the third frame, it was once again a back and forth affair with 10 ties and five lead changes. With TC leading 13-10 following a kill by MacArthur, LMU responded with five straight points, including a Horenkamp kill as the Railsplitters went ahead 15-13. TC would later tie the set 19-19 back-to-back kills by Luebke and Kelsey Hayden. The Splitters would wrap up the frame with a 6-3 run with Horenkamp sealing the set with a kill for a 25-22 score.

As close as the third set was, the fourth set was even closer with 14 ties and seven lead changes. With the score knotted at 14-14, LMU erupted with a 6-1 spurt capped off by a Alison Hess service ace for a 20-15 LMU lead. But the Pioneers rallied with a 10-3 spurt, including five points on Garcia's serve. During that run, Luebke contributed four of her 25 kills to seal the victory.

Tusculum will be in action this Saturday in Bristol, Va. for the Virginia Intermont tri-match.

- TC -

Tusculum def. Lincoln Memorial 25-16,25-21,22-25,25-23

Tusculum (15-5, 6-2 SAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Katie Luebke 25-3-1;
Carly Swisher 10-3-1; Heather MacArthur 6-0-3; Gina Coffaro 5-2-1;
Kelsey Hayden 3-0-2; Peyton Colclough 1-1-1; Erika Garcia 0-1-0;
Totals 50-10-5.0. (Assists) - Peyton Colclough 38. (Dig leaders) -
Erika Garcia 20; Gina Coffaro 17; Peyton Colclough 13; Carly Swisher
10; Katie Luebke 8

Lincoln Memorial (14-8, 3-5 SAC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Amanda
Horenkamp 15-1-0; Candace Richardson 7-0-3; Caitlin Hankins 5-0-2;
Ashley Knight 3-1-2; Alison Hess 3-2-3; Lauren Kiwacka 2-2-2; Cami
Lefeld 1-0-1; Kodi Cartwright 1-0-1; Totals 37-6-7.0. (Assists) -
Lauren Kiwacka 30. (Dig leaders) - Ashley Knight 17; Candace
Richardson 14

Site: Harrogate, TN (Mars Gym)
Date: Oct 15, 2008 Attend: 220 Time: 1:40
Referees: Gary Ramsey, Fred Owens

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