The 24th ranked Spring Hill College volleyball team rolled to its 17th consecutive victory on Thursday night with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-9, 25-13) divisional win over the University of Mobile at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Spring Hill ran out to a commanding 7-1 score in the first set before the Rams (6-8, 1-4 SSAC West) clawed back to within 11-8. A 7-2 run by SHC that included a well-placed ace by senior Cassandra Marchand-Stewart of Grand Bay, Ala., made the score 18-10 and the Badgers would close the set at 25-17.
In the second set, Spring Hill once again built a huge early advantage at 8-0 and 12-1, holding Mobile without a kill until the score was an insurmountable 17-3.
Set 3 saw SHC jump out 5-1, but Mobile refused to go quietly and rallied to cut the score to 6-5 in favor of the Badgers. An 8-point run by the Badgers ended the threat with a 15-6 Badger advantage and Spring Hill scored the final six points of the match to finish the final set at 25-13.
All-America right side hitter senior Yiting Cao of Shanghai, China, enjoyed another banner evening for SHC with 17 kills, 14 digs and 12 receptions to finish the match with a .452 attack percentage.
Sophomore setter and team floor captain Taryn Nash from Independence, Mo., marked up 28 assists as freshman middle hitter Megan Haber of Foley, Ala., swatted back two solo blocks and two block assists.
For Mobile, Disah Kolassiba had six kills and Kiara Gay recorded nine digs, two block assists and 15 receptions.
As a team, SHC outscored UM 51-25 and built a team attack percentage of .318 while holding the Rams to a -.020 attack percentage.
The Badgers (17-0, 5-0 SSAC West) will travel to Jackson, Miss., on Saturday afternoon to face divisional foe Belhaven University (11-3, 3-1 SSAC West) at 1 p.m.