FLORENCE – Trailing 0-2 in the match and facing a 22-18 deficit in the third set, the University of North Alabama volleyball team rallied from on the verge of being swept to posting a dramatic 3-2 win over West Alabama Sunday afternoon at Flowers Hall. De’licia Hutchins came off the bench to help spark the rally with 10 kills in the 17-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-11 victory for the Lions.
The fourth straight victory gives UNA a 7-10 record on the year with a 5-4 mark in Gulf South Conference play. It also avenges a 3-1 loss to the Tigers (9-11 overall, 2-9 GSC) on Sept. 21 in Livingston.
Hutchins, who hit .429 on the day, entered the match for the first time in the third set. The junior from Gadsden had a team-high five kills in the set as the Lions starved off elimination by rallying for the 25-23 win.
UNA forced a fifth game with a dominating performance in set four. The Lions hit .320 in the game and held UWA to a .000 team hitting percentage.
In the fifth set, North Alabama trailed 3-1 and 10-7 before rallying late again. Three kills from Hutchins and an attack error against the Tigers prompted a West Alabama timeout. The Tigers, however, managed only a single point the rest of the way while UNA got kills from Jessica Ronyak, Casey Roethler and Cara Gregg to close out the match.