Shorter University departed from the SSAC and NAIA this year to join the Gulf South and the NCAA, but the rivalry with Lee’s volleyball team was very much alive when the Rome, Ga., club paid another visit to Walker Arena on Thursday evening.
The Lady Hawks entered the match with an impressive 13-2 record and had lost only a pair of Gulf South contests. They immediately seized control of the first set and claimed an impressive 25-17 win. The Lady Flames quickly regrouped and took the next three sets 25-20, 25-19, 25-20 and captured the 3-1 verdict.
Lee claimed its 10th straight victory and improved to 19-6. Ironically, the same two clubs will meet again in Rome one week from this evening and that is certain to create probably even more interest in the old rivalry.
As usual, Lee dominated at the net. Irene Ojukwu stepped to the front and blasted 15 kills and also came up with 11 digs in posting her second straight double-double. Freshman Nicole Sumida played an important role with 11 kills (.375 attack percentage), six digs and three blocks.
Not to be outdone, Lauren Williams contributed nine kills (.389 hitting mark), three service aces, four digs and two blocks. Marija Zelenovic also had nine kills, while Paula Martin was her steady self with seven kills, five digs and a match-leading six blocks. Camil Martinez dished off 44 assists and came up with nine digs and three blocks. Libero Libby Peigen enjoyed the help in the dig department but also paced the team with 13 pickups.
The Lady Hawks countered with 16 kills by Jasmine Crook and 14 kills by Anna Graham. Jordan Corder registered 40 assists and completed a double-double with 10 digs.