The Spring Hill College volleyball team survived a threat by the University of Mobile Lady Rams with the final tally of 3-2 in a 25-13, 19-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-13 decision on Tuesday night at Pharr Gymnasium.
It looked as if the Badgers might have an easy time with the Rams (14-7, 3-4 SSAC) in the 1st set as Spring Hill used a 7-1 run to turn a 4-4 score into an 11-5 advantage before coasting to the 25-13 win.
As good as things looked for SHC in the 1st set, however, they looked just as bad in the 2nd set when Mobile built an 18-10 bulge with the Badgers unable to recapture the momentum of the earlier set. Midway through the 3rd set it appeared that the Badgers had righted the ship after exploding out to a 15-5 lead en route to a 25-14 victory, but the Rams refused to give up.
Mobile rebounded once again to force a 5th and deciding set by taking a 25-22 win despite a 5-point SHC rally after being down 4-9 that tied the match at 10-10. The set remained tied as late as 19-19, but Mobile put together a stronger sprint to the finish for the win.
In the final set, the Rams took a quick 2-0 lead, but Spring Hill fought back to tie the set at 5-5 and then used a 3-0 run to take a 9-7 advantage following the changeover. Mobile tied the set at 11-11 and then put the Badgers' backs against the wall at 13-12. The Spring Hill side responded to the challenge and rattled off the final three points of the match for the thrilling 15-13 victory.
Spring Hill's offensive benefited from 11 kills apiece by junior Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile and sophomore Megan Haber of Lillian, Ala. Buchannan also stonewalled four solo blocks and six block assists while Haber had two solos and two assists.
Junior setter Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., handed out 39 assists and sophomore libero Meredith Donald of Mobile collected 16 digs. Freshman Mallory Raulerson from Mobile served four service aces to aid the Badger cause.
Mobile saw Kiara Gay pound out 17 kills and Reagin Boggs dish out 51 assists.
The Badgers (17-3, 7-0 SSAC) will host the Brenau University Golden Tigers (12-5, 4-3 SSAC) on Friday in a conference match at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center at 7 p.m.