Huntsville, Ala. – For the first time since 1999, the University of Alabama in Huntsville volleyball team knocked of North Alabama, defeating the Lions at Spragins Hall 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
The Lady Chargers (9-7, 3-3 GSC) had lost 30 straight matches to North Alabama (3-10, 2-4 GSC) before Tuesday’s victory, and now sit an even 3-3 in the Gulf South Conference.
“I feel really good about beating UNA tonight, it’s the first time in a long time. The girls fought very hard tonight and we earned this win,” said UAH Head Coach Laura Taube.
The first set turned out to be the closest in the end, as the Lady Chargers eked out a 27-25 win. Despite trailing 23-21 late in the set, coach Taube called for a timeout that would spark and rally UAH to a first-set victory. They would go on to win six of the next eight points scored and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
Stacey Sargent finished the first set with back-to-back kills. Sargent finished the match tied with a team-high 14 kills and 17 digs.
The visiting Lions would take the second set 25-21 to even the match, but UAH would not surrender another set.
The reigning GSC Player of the Week Angela Thurmond showed strong as well, finishing with 14 kills in the match and a game-high five blocks.
UAH shot out to a 7-2 lead and would later go out front by a score of 18-11. Thurmond and Haley Snyder helped spark the pair of UAH rallies, recording multiple kills in those runs.
The Lady Chargers would win the third set and take a 2-1 match lead with a 25-18 win.
Snyder finished the match with 10 kills and a pair of assists.
UAH seemed to have an answer every time the Lions would mount a comeback in the fourth set. At a critical point in the set when UAH led 20-19, the Lady Chargers would take three straight points to go up 23-19 and never look back. They would win the set and the match, 25-22.
Kelly Wilson set up the UAH attack once again, as she finished with a game-high 27 assists. Ashton Baker also added 19 assists of her own.
Kelsey Williams and Kirsten Rousseau also played a great match, finishing with eight and six kills respectively.
It was both a huge win for the UAH volleyball program and the 2012 season, as the Lady Chargers knocked off the Lions for the first time in over a decade and pushed their record to 9-7 on the season.
The Lady Chargers return to action on Thursday, October 4, when they travel to Shorter. First serve is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations