The Spring Hill College volleyball team downed the University of Mobile Rams 3-1 in the scores of 25-18, 25-16, 19-25, 25-19 on Thursday night at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center. The win gave SHC sole possession of the 2012 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) regular season championship.
The Lady Rams (23-11, 7-7 SSAC) ran out to a quick 4-0 lead in the 1st set, but Spring Hill responded with excellent defensive work at the net to claim a 9-6 advantage. Mobile retook the lead at 12-10 and 16-13, but the Badgers used a late 9-point surge to grab a commanding 22-16 and captured the set 25-18.
Spring Hill ran out to an 11-6 lead in the 2nd set and held as large as a 20-10 bulge en route to a 25-16 victory. Mobile responded with a hard-fought 25-19 win after shaking away from a 9-8 Badgers lead.
In the 4th and final set, Spring Hill turned a 10-10 tie into 16-10 Badger advantage and then won the race to the finish at 25-19 for the 3-1 victory.
Sophomore Megan Haber of Lillian, Ala., collected 16 kills for the Badgers while junior Sha Sha Buchanan of Mobile, Ala., had 11 kills and 2.5 blocks and redshirt freshman Sami Hantak of St. Louis, Mo., had 10 kills and four solo block shots. Junior setter Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., handed around 39 assists and junior libero Meredith Donald of Mobile, Ala., scooped in 21 digs.
For the Lady Rams, Kiara Gay had 15 kills and Reagin Boggs had 36 assists.
As a team, SHC held a .246 attack percentage (50-15-142) while Mobile was held to a .125 attack percentage (50-30-160).
The Badgers (28-4, 14-0 SSAC) will next play as the Number 1 seed in the pool-play round of the 2012 SSAC Championship Tournament at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2012 versus an opponent yet to be determined in the Multiplex Building at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.