The University of North Alabama volleyball team improved to 9-2 on the season after a pair of victories on the final day of the Armstrong Atlantic Pirate Volleyball Classic on Saturday. The Lions downed Flagler in four sets before rallying to knock of South Carolina-Aiken in five sets to give head coach Stephanie Radecki her 200th career win.
In nine seasons as a head coach, Radecki now has a career record of 200-88. She also has a 189-69 mark in seven years as the head coach at UNA.
Against Flagler, UNA used a balanced offensive attack in the 27-25, 26-28, 25-17, 25-23 victory. Four players reached double digits in kills, including Natalie Marsh’s match-high 20 for the match.
The first two sets featured extra points as the two team split close decisions. The Lions hit .467 in the third set to take control of the match. Marsh, who hit .321 for the match, had six kills in each of the final two frames as UNA pulled away down the stretch.
UNA setter Caroline Neisler recorded 54 assist, setting up kills from seven different players. Priscilla Massengale also tied a season-high with 15 kills for the Lions. Jessica Ronyak added 11 kills and just missed a double-double with nine digs on the match. Taylor Chapman rounded out the top hitters for UNA with 10 kills.
Defensively, Lauren Greenhill had 28 digs for the match. Brigid O’Brien added 13, while Marsh and Neisler recorded double-doubles with 10 digs each.
Flagler (7-3) was led by Crystal Niederriter’s 17 kills.
In the late match, North Alabama trailed in overall sets 2-1 before winning the final two games to complete the comeback. In the fifth set, the Lions trailed 13-8 before closing the match with seven straight points. UNA is now 4-0 on the year in five-set matches.
Marsh led all hitters with 23 kills, including a .447 hitting percentage for the match. Cara Gregg added 11 kills while Chapman had 10 kills for the Lions. Neisler’s 55 assists was a new career-high.
O’Brien produced a match-high 28 digs for the match while Greenhill added 20 and Neisler also reached double figures with 10.
UNA will now turn its attention to its Gulf South Conference opener on Tuesday. The Lions will host Christian Brothers at 7 p.m. The match will mark the first time CBU will count as a GSC opponent.