The Spring Hill College volleyball team clinched sole possession of its third consecutive regular season Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) championship with a 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-20) victory over the University of Mobile Lady Rams on Tuesday night at Pharr Gymnasium.
The Lady Rams (18-12, 9-3 SSAC) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first set, but the Badgers battled back to tie the set at 6-6. The teams then trade point-for-point over the next 10 serves before SHC managed to elbow out to a slim 15-13 advantage. From there, the Badgers launched a 7-0 run to take a 22-13 lead and the 25-15 win.
In the second set, Mobile once again grabbed the early momentum with a 6-2 lead but could not hold on as Spring Hill rallied to tie the set at 10-10. Each team would then take turns building and losing 3- and 4-point leads resulting in a 19-19 tie. The dogfight to the end featured five tie scores before the Badgers clawed out a 27-25 win and a 2-0 advantage in sets.
The third and final set was just as entertaining as the previous two rounds as the Rams took a 4-1 lead and Spring Hill later responded with 5-point run to build an 8-5 cushion. Mobile was not to be denied, however, and tied the set at 17-17 with a late 5-2 spurt. SHC was up to the challenge and used a timely 4-point run to make it 24-19 before closing out the 25-20 victory.
Spring Hill was led on offense by Megan Haber with 10 kills and Taryn Nash with 34 assists while the defense was paced by Sami Maurer with 14 digs and 11 receptions. Mallory Raulerson served up three aces and Molly Griffin collected 25 receptions and nine digs.
For the Rams, Sara Van Wert had 11 kills and Reagin Boggs distributed 32 assists. Katy McCollister also scooped in 15 digs and 21 receptions.
As a team, SHC hit for .302 (39-7-106) with 52 digs, three aces and six total blocks while limiting Mobile to a .151 (43-24-126) attack percentage with 49 digs, three aces and just two total blocks. The Rams also hurt themselves with eight service errors.
The win extended the Badgers current winning streak to 21 matches and extended their regular season conference winning streak to 47 matches.
Spring Hill (29-3, 13-0 SSAC) will host the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Lady Knights (13-11) on Friday at 6 p.m. in the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center in a non-conference match. Before the match, the Badgers will recognize their three senior team members with the annual "Senior Night" ceremony.