The Spring Hill College volleyball team dug itself out of a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 win over the Brenau University Golden Tigers by the scores (20-25, 19-25, 25-10, 25-18, 15-13) in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) match on Friday night at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Brenau (12-6, 4-4 SSAC) used scalpel-like precision on offense to roll through the first two sets building as much as a 22-14 lead in the 1st set and a 19-14 advantage in the 2nd set as the Tigers repeatedly drew the Badgers out of position and then laced kills into open areas.
The 2-0 hole only seemed to awaken the sleeping giant, however, as the Badgers stormed back to hammer out a 10-point run early in the 3rd set and built an insurmountable 14-4 lead before coasting to a 25-10 win. The 4th set was a point-for-point dogfight that found SHC down 13-15 before an 8-point run behind the serving of Badger junior Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile resulted in a 21-15 bulge for the home side. The 25-18 final score for SHC then sent the match into a tie-breaking 5th set.
SHC held an 8-4 lead at the changeover in the final set, but Brenau rallied to tie the set at 13-13. Following the Badgers' final timeout of the match, Spring Hill won the side out and closed the match with a kill by sophomore Megan Haber from Lillian, Ala.
Numerous Badger players rose to the occasion in the win with Haber knocking down 19 kills and a .500 attack percentage, freshman Ginny Hicks of Salt lake City, Utah, tallying 13 kills and Buchanan collecting 10 kills and a .474 attack percentage. Junior setter Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo. handed out 47 assists while junior Meredith Donald tallied 12 digs with 27 receptions.
Sophomore Sami Maurer had 13 digs with 24 receptions and freshman Mallory Raulerson added 10 digs with 12 receptions and three service aces.
For Brenau, Ellen Lemos had 18 kills, Mekenna Cipres dished out 48 assists with three aces as Sydney Koon had 10 digs and three solo blocks. Brenau actually scored more points than the Badgers at 73-69, but hurt themselves with 12 services errors and 26 attack errors.
The Badgers (18-3, 8-0 SSAC) will host the Bears of Truett-McConnell College (1-11, 0-8 SSAC) on Saturday in a conference match at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center beginning at 11 a.m.