Badger Athletics - Spring Hill College News
Ginny Hicks (2) had three kills on Friday
Ginny Hicks (2) had three kills on Friday
Volleyball - Thu, Nov. 7, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The top-seeded Spring Hill College volleyball team opened the 2013 Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Championship Tournament with a 3-1 (25-15; 25-23; 21-25; 25-18) victory over 7th-seeded Faulkner University at the Multiplex Building at the Cramton Bowl on Thursday morning.

Spring Hill led the Eagles (15-15) by a slim 9-8 margin in the 1st set until a 9-4 spurt by the Badgers made it an 18-12 cushion and SHC closed out a 25-15 win.

Faulkner held a 15-14 lead in a back-and-forth affair midway through the 2nd set and expanded its advantage to 18-15, but the Badgers rallied to take a 20-19 lead off consecutive kills by hitters junior Megan Haber and freshman Molly Griffin via assists by senior Taryn Nash. SHC then won the sprint to the finish for a 25-23 victory and a 2-0 margin in sets.

The Eagles snapped a 27-set winning streak by SHC in the third set as they bolted out to a 6-0 lead before a kill by Haber stopped the bleeding at 6-1. Faulkner maintained the pressure by taking a 13-5 lead and holding a late 19-12 cushion before forcing a 4th set with a 25-21 win.

The match continued to be a point-for-point battle in the 4th set as SHC held a razor thin 18-17 lead before elbowing out some breathing room at 20-17 with a kill by middle hitter Sha Sha Buchanan and an Eagle attack error. SHC took the victory 25-18 to survive the Eagle upset bid with 3-1 final score.

Buchanan, a senior from Mobile, paced the Spring Hill with 18 kills as fellow seniors Nash handed out 51 assists at setter and Meredith Donald collected 25 digs as libero. Haber added 16 kills to the SHC cause.

As a team, the Badgers hit .248 (57-21-145) and served up five aces with six total blocks. Faulkner built a .166 attack percentage (49-25-145) with five aces and six blocks. Shelby Woods had 13 kills for the host school and Morgan Wilson distributed 42 assists.

Spring Hill (32-3) pushed its current winning streak to 24 matches with the victory and will next face 6th-seeded Bethel University (12-16) at 10 a.m. on Friday.