There is no place like home, especially for the Lee volleyball team. The Lady Flames hold an 8-5 overall record, and seven of those victories have come on the Sport Court in Walker Arena.
Coach Andrea Hudson's club improved to 5-3 against Gulf South opponents by whipping Alabama-Huntsville on Friday, 3-0, and scoring a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-19) win over visiting North Alabama on Saturday.
With veterans Paula Martins and Lauren Williams leading the charge at the net, Lee was never seriously threatened in any of the three sets. The Lions did make a run near the end of the third set, but Williams ended the comeback attempt with her 11th kill of the afternoon. The junior middle hitter had a .348 attack mark to go along with two aces, five digs and a pair of blocks.
Martins enjoyed a double-double performance with 12 kills and 10 digs. She was also the match block leader with four. Becky Bourne helped set up the slams with 32 assists. She also went into the back court for four digs.
Libby Peigen was the dig leader with 18. Latrice Johnson totaled eight. Peigen also contributed two aces. Johnson added six kills.
Natasha Fomina paced North Alabama with 13 kills. Hope Rayburn delivered 23 assists, while Casey Roethier and Shantel Federick came up with 14 digs apiece.
The Lady Flames will continue GSC play on Tuesday at 7 p.m., when they host a former SSAC rival Shorter University. Both Lee and Shorter are now members of the GSC and provisional members of NCAA Division II.
Lee's Patty Orozco injured a foot in the third set and will likely join freshman Erin Hill on the sidelines for a few matches.
LEE 3, UAH 0
The Lee volleyball squad continued its stellar play at home with a straight set victory (25-21, 25-22, 25-23) over Gulf South Conference (GSC) foe Alabama-Huntsville Friday evening in Walker Arena.
Despite playing their first year in the NCAA Division II and the GSC, the Chargers and Lady Flames are no strangers. Tonight marked the 30th meeting between the two clubs. With Friday's victory, Lee still trails in the series 12-18.
Coach Hudson's club jumped out to the early advantage, taking the first set from the Chargers 25-21. The second and third sets were much of the same as the Lady Flames pulled away late each time to secure the victory.
Martins paced the attack for Lee registering a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs. Patty Orozco added 10 kills and four blocks. Johnson registered nine kills and was solid on the back line with 14 digs. Peigen anchored the defense with 17 digs. Bourne, filling in for Camil Martinez who is away from the team playing for the Dominican Republic U23 national team, tallied 44 assists to set up the attack.
Olivia Bauman led the Chargers with 14 kills, while Ashton Baker set things up for UAH with 24 assists and added 12 digs.