The Lady Flames defeated host Southern Wesleyan University 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-21) on Tuesday evening. Eight was the key number against the Warriors. Four different Lee players had eight kills each, while Lindsay Shein added eight digs. Stephanie Todd, Arlene Ferreira, Kayla Carlisle and Irene Ojukwu were the kill leaders. Ferreira also had 10 digs. Ojukwu had an outstanding .538 hitting percentage.
Earlier in the day, coach Andrea Hudson's team moved up to the No. 2 slot in the weekly NAIA coaches poll. Fresno Pacific continues to lead all NAIA clubs. Kelsey Leffew and Gretchen Higdon helped celebrate the rise in the poll by turning in consistent efforts. Leffew had 15 assists, five digs and two kills. Higdon was right behind with 14 assists, a pair of aces and seven digs.
Coach Hudson admitted that her Lady Flames got a bit sloppy in the final set. “We played well most of the way,” she added. “Irene (Ojukwu) played especially well.”
Things should be much tougher on Saturday. The University of Mobile is a new member in the Southern States Athletic Conference and has always given Lee a tough match. The two SSAC clubs tip off the event at 12 noon. Mobile turns right around and faces Georgetown College at 2:15, while Lee tries to gain revenge over Georgetown in the final match of the day at 4:30. Georgetown knocked the Lady Flames out of the national tournament last season in a thrilling five-set match.