The Lee volleyball suffered a 3-1 loss to rival Shorter University in a competitive battle on the Sport Court at Walker Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Flames had two set point opportunities in set one but Shorter prevailed 29-27 to take the early lead thanks to back-to-back kills by Emily Crocker and Katherine Patrick. The Hawks would build off that momentum to take set two, 25-14.
In set three the Lady Flames withstood three match points and prevailed 27-25 thanks to a kill by Grace Mazzocca, an ace from Ashton Middleton and a slam by Sophia Lippert.
In the fourth set, the Hawks would pull away to win 25-18 and take the match.
The loss drops the Lady Flames to 2-13 overall and 0-4 in the GSC while Shorter improves to 7-9 and 2-2 in league action.
Abby Stroh led the Lady Flames with 13 kills, three aces and nine digs. Allie Whittinghill registered nine kills and posted 19 over the weekend. Mazzocca had eight kills and hit .357 while Lippert slammed home seven and hit .385. Middleton had 22 assists and a pair of aces. Soza delivered 18 assists, three aces and had two kills.
Emma Richardson paced the Shorter offense with 13 kills and hit a sizzling .458. Five other players tallied eight kills each including, Carrington Terrel, Taylor Reese-Howell, Patrick, Crocker and Annie Veldhuis. Annie Smith had 22 assists and 17 digs.
The game was won at the net for the Shorter Hawks as Terrell posted nine blocks, Patrick had seven and Crocker turned away five. Overall, Shorter held a 17 to 7 edge in total blocks.
The Lady Flames will continue a five-match homestand on Tuesday as they step outside of conference play to tangle with NCAA D3 power Emory University at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY – Lee 0 UAH 3
Playing in front of sea of white at the annual "Whiteout" game inside Walker Arena, the Lee volleyball team fell to Alabama Huntsville, 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-18) on Friday night.
Allie Whittinghill led the Lady Flames with 10 kills while Macy Petty posted eight and Abby Stroh pitched in six. Ashton Middleton had 15 assists and Clarissa Sosa added 11 and seven digs.
Gracie McGee paced the Chargers attack with 11 slams followed by Kiara Hill with eight and Ally Kennis tallied seven. Hailey Holshouser tallied five aces while Tatiana Bonilla served up four. As a club, UAH had 12 aces in the victory.