Lions finish 2-1 in UNA Volleyball Classic
FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama volleyball team opened play at the UNA Classic with with a pair of sweeps Friday at Flowers Hall. After knocking off Harding in the early match, the Lions downed Christian Brothers 3-0 to improve to 6-3 on the season.
Sarah Roberts had 30 kills and hit .415 on the day to lead UNA. Lauren Greenhill also came through with 35 digs in six sets.
Against Harding, the Lions recorded a season-high .407 hitting percentage as a team and had five players hit over .300 in the 25-12, 25-14, 25-16 victory. Freshman setter Hope Rayburn recorded 43 assists and connected on four of five swings for four kills and a .800 hitting percentage of her own.
Roberts had 13 kills and also hit .667 for the match, while Ari Smith just missed double digits in the category by connecting on nine of 15 swings without an error for a .600 showing.
Defensively, the Lions held Harding to a season-low 20 kills. Greenhill had 14 digs for the match while Natalie Marsh added 12 digs and just missed a double-double with nine kills.
In the nightcap, 11 different UNA players saw playing time in the 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 victory. Roberts was the only player in the game to reach double figures in kills with 17 for the Lions.
Rayburn averaged 14 assists per set in the first two games, while Vanessa Gerig came in to set the final set, recording 16 assists in the final contest. Defensively, three UNA players reached double-digit dig totals, including Greenhill’s 21, Marsh’s 13 and Brigid O’Brien’s 13 for the match.
Top-ranked Tampa too much for Lions
FLORENCE – Top-ranked Tampa raced out to early leads in each set during a 3-0 sweep over the University of North Alabama volleyball team Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. The Spartans (9-2) hit .312 as a team while UNA was held to a season-low .000 as a team.
North Alabama’s 27 kills on the day was also a season-low as the Lions could never find an offensive rhythm. No player on the UNA roster had more than six kills for the match.
Lauren Greenhill was able to record a match-high 15 digs, including seven in the second set when the Lions had their best chance to win. After dropping a 25-11 decision in the opening set, UNA stayed within striking distance in game two. The Spartans, however, pulled away late to post the 25-18 victory.
In the final set, Tampa controlled the game from start to finish in the 25-14 win.
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