Carson-Newman Outlasts Lincoln Memorial In The Semifinals Of The 2009 Food Lion SAC Tournament

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - Carly Mozgai led all players with 19 kills, including the all-important final one as Carson-Newman advanced to the 2009 Food Lion SAC Tournament final against Wingate with the five set win over Lincoln Memorial, 25-20, 15-25, 30-28, 21-25 and 15-12.

Carson-Newman (22-8) was led by Mozgai's effort and she added seven digs and six blocks in the game. Senior Katie Troyer (Plain City, Ohio) added 11 kills to the Lady Eagles' totals, while senior Jessica Schachleiter (Cincinnati, Ohio) had six kills, 20 digs and five blocks. Freshman Angelle Hayes (Brentwood, Tenn.) led all players with 42 digs in the match.

Lincoln Memorial (22-9) had four players reach double-digit kills, led by Lauren Kiwacka and Ashley Knight with 12 apiece, while Amanda Horenkamp and Kodi Cartwright contributed 11. Kiwacka recorded her second straight triple-double, adding 26 assists and 24 digs, while Alicia MacIntyre led the Lady Railsplitters with 29 digs.

Lincoln Memorial opened the first set recording eight of the first 12 points as Richardson placed in a pair of kills. Carson-Newman came back with a 10-4 run of their own to go up 14-12 as Mozgai and Troyer connected. The Lady Eagles would extend the lead to 21-16 on their way to closing out the first set on an LMU service error to go up 1-0 with the 25-20 win.

LMU started out the second set with the hot hand, going up 10-5 as five Lady Railsplitters contributed kills. The separation between the teams would stay consistent as LMU kept the five point lead intact at 15-10 on their way to building a 19-12 lead. The Lady Eagles held off set point twice as junior Lara McDonald (Salem, Va.) and Mozgai each recorded kills, but Hess put the final point away to tie the match up at 1, 25-15.

Lincoln Memorial was again the first team to 10 in the third set, going up 10-6 as Horenkamp and Kiwacka each had a pair of kills. Carson-Newman responded and tied the game up at 11 as Schachleiter, Freshman Jasmine Clark (Pelham, Ala.) and sophomore Nikki James (Cookeville, Tenn.) combined for three blocks as the Eagles blocked five LMU attacks in the first 22 points to even the score. The teams would remain knotted up until the Lady Eagles went on a 4-0 run started by a kill by Troyer to take the lead at 20-17. A late surge by Lincoln Memorial tied the game up at 24 but Carson-Newman was able to close out the set with the 30-28 win to go up 2-1.

James put in a pair of service aces in the fourth set, breaking a 5-5 tie but Lincoln Memorial again took the lead, using a 7-1 run to go up 12-9 after a kill by Cartwright. The lead would remain at three at 19-16 as Richardson placed in an ace. LMU would go up 24-19 in the set after Pugh's ace, before closing out the set 25-21 on a block by Hess and Kiwacka to push the game to a fifth set.

Carson-Newman led 8-5 in the deciding set as the teams swapped sides. Troyer extended the C-N lead to 11-5 with a pair of kills. After a kill by McDonald, Lincoln Memorial responded with a 5-0 run to bring the game back within one at 12-11 on Pugh's serve. Carson-Newman closed out the game and clinched the final spot in the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference championship game on Mozgai's 19th kill of the match.

The Lady Eagles will take on the three-time defending champion Wingate Bulldogs on Sunday, November 15th in Pioneer Arena at 2 p.m.