Spring Hill College volleyball swept past the Huntingdon College Hawks on Tuesday evening with a 3-0 decision by the scores of 25-6, 25-22, 25-13 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
The Badgers shocked Huntingdon (5-9) by bolting out to 9-0 lead in the first set and quickly built the cushion to a 20-4 advantage. In the first set alone, SHC recorded an impressive .688 attack percentage.
Huntingdon regrouped in the changeover between sets, however, and grabbed a 14-10 lead in the second set. Spring Hill responded with a 5-1 run to tie the score at 15-15. The teams traded hard-fought points for the next four rallies, but a late 6-point Badger run turned a 20-18 Hawk lead into a 24-20 Badger bulge.
The third set saw the Hawks rally for an early 4-1 lead, but the Badgers kept their cool and responded with an 8-point run off the serve of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School's Sha Sha Buchanan followed by a 10-point run via the service of fellow McGill-Toolen grad Meredith Donald to close out the match.
Spring Hill (6-2) was led by Yiting Cao of Shanghai, China, with 13 of the Badgers 40 kills, Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., with 33 assists, and 9 digs by Donald. Cao also contributed 3 aces while Abbey Roam of Lebanon, Mo., took in 19 receptions.
As a team, the Badgers recorded a .415 attack percentage, 9 aces, 40 digs and 8 total team blocks.
Kelly Kahumoku of Enterprise, Ala., scored 7 kills for the Hawks and Bianca Hulsey from Haleyville, Ala., handed out 9 assists. Krissie Jones of Alabaster, Ala., made 7 digs and 28 receptions for Huntingdon.
The Hawks tallied a .056 attack percentage with 22 kills, 1 ace, 23 digs and just 3 total team blocks.
Spring Hill will host a nonconference match with Stillman College (2-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.