As has been the case for the entire tournament, Lee dominated their opponent in a three set victory (25-18, 25-20, 25-14). For the tournament, the Lady Flames did not drop a single set in their wins over Faulkner University, Southern Wesleyan University and Spring Hill College.
Senior Kayla Carlisle led the way as Lee’s only player with double-digit kills, earning 11. Carlisle was named the SSAC Tournament MVP for the second consecutive season. Arlene Ferreira turned in her usual solid performance, with seven kills, 11 digs, and three service aces. Ferreira joined Christa Hutchison as the other Lady Flame representatives on the All-Tournament Team.
Kelsey Leffew and Gretchen Higdon split time at the setter position, earning 22 and 21 assists respectively. Stephanie Todd, Lindsay Shein and Sarah Smith all contributed on the defensive end with seven digs.
The Badgers were led by Yiting Cao. The junior from Shanghai, China earned the games only double-double, with 12 kills and 10 digs. The loss moves Spring Hill to 27-5 for the year.
Lee made it to the championship match with a win early Saturday afternoon over Southern Wesleyan University. It was the third time this season the Lady Flames have defeated the Lady Warriors, including the Volley for a Cure match on Nov. 5.
Spring Hill had a slightly tougher path to the championship match. After a straight set win over Columbia College on Friday, the SSAC West champions won a hard fought, five set match over Shorter University Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Flames will likely enter national tournament play as the No.1 seed in the NAIA. They will have a bye for the opening round of the tournament, before joining the 24 team pool in Sioux City, Iowa. That tournament will take place Nov.30-Dec. 4 at Tyson Events Center and Gateway Arena.