BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 19th ranked Spring Hill College volleyball team inched its way closer to a program record for wins in a single season with two more victories at the closing day of the Birmingham-Southern College Fall Invitational on Saturday. With the wins, the Badgers moved to 34-0 and now stand just one victory away from matching the team's single-season record of 35 wins established by Coach Gretchen Speed's 2003 team that finished with a 35-18 mark.
In Saturday's noon match, SHC took a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-11) verdict over the Berry College Vikings (14-14) as senior right side hitter Yiting Cao of Shanghai, China, smashed 17 kills for a .417 attack percentage. Cao also pulled down 10 digs and 11 receptions.
Sophomore setter Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., handed out 32 assists and sophomore libero Meredith Donald from Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School corralled a match-high 15 digs.
SHC built a team attack percentage of .356 and held Berry to a .114 percentage while outscoring the Vikings 52-37.
The evening's match pitted the Badgers against the host Panthers of BSC (19-17) in the tournament's finale and Spring Hill walked away with another 3-0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-12) decision. Cao tallied an impressive 22 kills for a .542 attack percentage in the match to go along with 10 more digs, three blocks and a service ace.
Senior outside hitter Abbey Roam of Lebanon, Mo., had 14 digs while Donald added 13 digs to her totals and Nash recorded 38 more assists.
SHC finished with a team attacking percentage of .390 for 53 total points scored and held BSC to a .080 percentage and 33 points.
Following the tournament, Cao was named the Tournament MVP, joining Nash and sophomore middle hitter Sha Sha Buchanan of McGill-Toolen on the 2011 BSC Fall Invitational All-Tournament Team.
The Badgers (34-0, 12-0 SSAC West) return home to the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for their final regular season home match of the 2011 season versus division foe Belhaven University (20-11, 5-7 SSAC West). After the match, the team will honor its five senior players with the annual Senior Night ceremony. Fans are also encouraged to wear purple clothing for "Purple Out" Night.