When it comes to excitement it doesn't get much better than the battle between the Lady Flames and Lady Bucs on Saturday afternoon in Walker Arena.
Lee survived a five-set fight with CBU as each set was decided by just a few points (25-22, 21-25, 27-25, 22-25, 15-13).
The fifth set mirrored the entire match with each team making runs in what was a very evenly drawn contest. The Lady Bucs would jump out to an 8-3 advantage in the final set before the two teams switched sides. The new scenery must have provided a spark for the Lady Flames as they went on a 12-5 run to end the match. The game-winning score came on an ace from junior Latrice Johnson.
"This was really a great match. This Christian Brothers team was the best team we've played all year, including West Florida." remarked head coach Andrea Hudson. Her club has now defeated both West Florida and CBU at home after losing to each on the road.
Johnson recorded 14 kills to help pace the Lee offensive attack. She was joined by Lauren Williams who also had 14 kills to go along with a .429 attack percentage and six blocks. Paula Martins finished with a double-double as she chipped in 12 slams and 20 digs. Camil Martinez seemed to do a little bit of everything for Hudson's club as she registered 43 assists, 24 digs and six timely kills.
The home crowd welcomed back freshman Erin Hill who appeared in her first match in several weeks after battling through a hand injury. The Sale Creek native added nine slams.
The Lady Bucs were paced by Hannah Kurtz's 16 kills. Stephanie Korbakes added 14 slams while Alexi Gillis had 13 to go along with 14 digs. Sami Gruse set up the attack with 49 assists.
With this victory the Lady Flames have now won 13 consecutive matches in Walker Arena and finish a perfect 9-0 at home against GSC opponents. Lee will finish the regular season with a three-game conference road trip beginning on Tuesday night in Rome, Ga. when they take on long-time rival Shorter University. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Lee 3, Union 1
It was far from a thing of beauty, but Lee's volleyball team found a way to turn away a determined group of Union University Lady Bulldogs, 3-1, on Friday evening in Walker Arena.
It marked the Lady Flames 12th straight home-court win and solidified Lee's hold on second place in the Gulf South Conference. The victory (25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15) improved the Lady Flames' record to 10-4 in GSC play and 14-6 overall.
The visitors from Jackson, Tenn. battled Lee hard before dropping the first two sets. However, the Lady Bulldogs came biting back to claim the third set, but the Lady Flames caught fire and won the fourth set in convincing style.
Lee had three players post double-doubles. Latrice Johnson was outstanding with 18 kills, 20 digs and a pair of blocks. Senior Paula Martins finished with 15 slams, four key aces, 10 digs and a block. Lauren Williams sparked Lee's rally in the fourth set. She walked away with 11 kills and five blocks.
Setter Camil Martinez joined the double-double club with 49 assists and 17 digs. Deborah Magalhaes came up with 18 digs. She also served up a pair of aces.
Union was paced by Savannah Hughes, who had 10 kills. Lydia Wright added 29 assists. The Lady Bulldogs were on top of their game in the digs category. Elsie Seufret had 23, while Wright and Hannah Huguley added 16 apiece.
Lee played without senior Libero Libby Peigen, who injured a knee before Friday's match.