UNA handles West GA; GSC Tournament up next
FLORENCE — A balanced offensive attack helped the University of North Alabama volleyball team post a 3-0 Gulf South Conference sweep over visiting West Georgia Saturday afternoon in the final regular-season match of the season at Flowers Hall. Three players reached double figures in kills while the Lions hit .330 as a team to improve to 19-8 on the season with an 8-2 mark in GSC play.
After opening the match with a .303 hitting percentage in the opening set, West Georgia (8-23 overall, 2-8 GSC) hit just .105 in the second set and .125 in the third set to finish with a .175 team average.
North Alabama’s Cara Gregg had 11 kills with a .476 hitting percentage while Sarah Roberts and Natalie Marsh got 10 kills each in the 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 victory. Roberts also turned in a .600 hitting percentage and continues to lead the GSC East Division with an average of 3.65 kills per set.
Other statistic division leaders had solid outings. UNA freshman Hope Rayburn upped her GSC East-leading assist average with 39 in three sets on Saturday while Lauren Greenhill recorded 20 digs to improve her division-leading average to 4.82 digs per set. West Georgia’s Lisa Ogide, who leads the division in hitting percentage, posted a match-high 12 kills on the day and finished with a .476 showing.
Marsh also picked up 10 digs for the match, giving her 10 double-doubles on the year.
UNA will not turn its attention to next weekend’s GSC Tournament. The Lions are the second seed in the East Division and will play the West Division’s third-seeded Christian Brothers Friday at noon. The event will be held at the UWF Fieldhouse in Pensacola, Fla.