Spring Hill College defeated the University of Mobile for the first time since November of 2006 by a 3-1 score (25-16, 25-18, 16-25, 25-15) at H. Austill Pharr Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
SHC jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the first set, but saw Mobile rally back to tie the score at 6-6. The set was a point-for-point dogfight that was finally decided by a 4-point Badger run that built out a 24-15 advantage for SHC.
The Badgers controlled the tempo of the second set accumulating a 10-6 advantage, but then had to hold off several UM rallies before a run to a 20-15 score in favor of the Badgers all but iced the set.
Mobile (0-1, 0-1 SSAC) regrouped during the intermission and took the third set 25-16, but the Badgers stepped back into the driver's seat in the fourth and final set by holding as much as a 12-4 cushion.
For SHC, junior Yiting Cao of Shanghai, China, scored 16 kills, with four service aces and 10 digs. Freshman setter Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., handed out 32 assists while freshman libero Meredith Donald of Mobile's McGill-Toolen pulled in 18 digs and 24 receptions.
"Mobile is a young team and we're also a young team," said SHC Head Coach Peggy Martin. "Mobile got better deeper into the match as we did, too, but I think the fact that we had a match on Friday and this was their first match of year was really the difference. We see them again at our place at the end of the year and it will be exciting to see these two teams play later. We're very proud of our kids for the win."
Spring Hill (2-0, 1-0 SSAC) will next travel to Selma, Ala., on Thursday to play at Concordia College in a non-conference match beginning at 6 p.m.