Spring Hill College volleyball opened the 2010 season with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Southeastern University (Fla.) by the scores of 25-21, 25-14, 25-18 on Friday evening at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
In the first set, the Badgers battled SEU (1-4) virtually point-for-point as the score was knotted at 19 apiece before SHC rolled off five consecutive points to build a 24-19 advantage.
The second set saw Spring Hill build out a 15-6 lead that soon mushroomed out to a 23-12 cushion as the Badgers began to find their rhythm.
The Fire from Lakeland, Fla., refused to go away quietly in the final set, however, as they rallied out to a 5-3 early lead. A six-point run by the Badgers answered the challenge and Spring Hill went on to build a commanding 21-15 bulge.
SHC junior right side Yiting Cao from Shanghai, China, was impressive in her first match as a Badger ripping out 12 kills for a .240 attack percentage along with two service aces and eight digs. Junior outside hitter Abbey Roam of Lebanon, Mo., added eight kills.
Freshman libero Meredith Donald from McGill-Toolen had five assists, nine digs and 16 receptions while freshman setter Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., tallied 26 assists. Junior Sarah Stacey from New Berlin, Wis., pulled in 13 receptions.
As a team, the Badgers recorded 40 kills, 29 digs and 14 total blocks.
The Fire was led by Heather Johnson with six kills, Allison Lewen with 15 assists and Karina Mambuca with four digs and 17 receptions. SEU had a total of 19 kills, 16 digs and 14 total blocks.
Spring Hill (1-0) will take the short trip up I-65 on Tuesday to face archrival the University of Mobile at 7:30 p.m. to open the this year's conference slate.