Before Walker Arena underwent extensive renovation in 2005, the Lady Flames were forced to play on a neutral site; their national NAIA record-setting home-court winning streak came to an unusual ending.
It is a whole new ball game in 2013. Lee has moved away from the NAIA and joined the Gulf South Conference and NCAA Division II, but could be in the midst of starting another long home-court winning streak. At least, Valdosta State and West Georgia might feel that way after being shut out in GSC matches against the Lady Flames over the past five days.
Tuesday’s win avenged an earlier loss to West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., as did Saturday’s victory over Valdosta. The Lady Flames are now 9-4 in the GSC and hold a firm grip in the battle for second place. Overall Lee improved to 13-6. West Georgia dropped to 7-7 and 12-11.
The Lady Flames will seek a season sweep of Union University on Friday and then try to gain revenge by defeating visiting Christian Brothers on Saturday to close out the regular home-season schedule.
Paula Martins was ‘large and totally in charge’ in Tuesday’s win over the Wolves. She dominated net play with 18 kills, a .371 attack mark, and four blocks. The versatile senior added a pair of aces and four digs. All totaled, the Lady Flames had a season-high 11 aces in the victory.
Latrice Johnson tallied 10 spikes and a team-leading three aces. Setter Camil Martinez was also excellent, finishing five out of six kill attempts, dishing off 31 assists and posting a pair of aces, while coming away with nine digs and two blocks. Junior Lauren Williams challenged Martinez with six kills in eight attempts.
Libby Peigen went hard to the sport court many times and came up with 12 digs. All totaled Lee had 38 digs and a solid .360 hitting percentage.