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Lions Down Eagles in Four Sets

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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn.-- The Mars Hill volleyball team defeated Carson-Newman 26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19 Tuesday night in South Atlantic Conference Action at Holt Fieldhouse.

Marissa Wixson paced Mars Hill offensively with 19 kills and eight digs. Regan Macomson filled the stat sheet with 12 kills on a .529 hitting percentage, and added a dig, block solo and four block assists. Hannah Wilson notched her first double-double of the season, with 27 assists and 10 digs. Toni Cole contributed 12 kills, six digs and a pair of aces for MHC. Carson-Newman was paced by Rachel Harper's 16 kills. Rachel Bowlin recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs for the Eagles. Mars Hill improved to 8-5 overall, 2-2 in conference play. Carson-Newman fell to 3-6 overall, 1-3 in conference play.

The Lions outhit the Eagles by a .236 to .155 margin. Helping the defensive effort for Mars Hill was Maggie Murphy's team-leading 29 digs. Christen Nicholson added eight digs for MHC.

Carson-Newman took a 19-17 lead in the first set before Mars Hill was able to rally back to earn the victory. The Lions went on a five-point run, highlighted by three kills from Wixson and a kill from Toni Cole to take a 22-19 lead. Mars Hill had a chance to put the Eagles away at 24-22, but kills by Sabina Papala and Bowlin extended the set. A kill by Wixson put the Lions back on top before an Eagle attack error gave MHC the victory. Wixson paced the Lions with ten kills on a blistering .729 hitting percentage in the set.

A late comeback by Carson-Newman prevented Mars Hill from taking the second set. MHC took a 22-20 lead, but the Eagles were able to rally to take five of the last six points to earn the 25-23 victory. Back-to-back kills by Bowlin and Harper gave C-N the lead before a Lion attack error gave the Eagles the victory. Cole had six kills and Hillary Gambrell added five in the second set for MHC. Gambrell had eight kills on the evening.

A six-point run helped the Lions stretch an 18-16 advantage into a 24-16 cushion to help take the third set. Middle blockers Macomson and Megan Parks helped spark the run for MHC. Macomson had two kills, while Parks added a kill and assisted on a block during the stretch.

The Lions took a 2-1 lead in the final set on a kill by Wixson and never trailed the rest of the way. MHC lead by as many as eight at an 18-10 margin but the Eagles rallied to make things interesting, pulling within 21-20 at one point. The Lions were able to rally to take four of the final five points, with Becca Smith, Cole, Wilson and Wixson scoring kills to bring home the victory.

Mars Hill will look to extend their two-match winning streak when they host South Atlantic Conference foe Anderson on Friday night, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Stanford Arena.

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