SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Lee University volleyball team had their season come to an end Friday morning, falling to Hastings College (Neb.) 3-1 in the First Round of the single-elimination bracket at the NAIA National Tournament.
The Lady Flames looked to be in control of the match, winning the first set with ease, 25-15.
Hastings, who had to play two one-set tie breakers the night before just to advance out of pool play, rallied back to take the next three sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-20) and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.
Junior Irene Ojuwku finished her stellar play this year for Lee with a third consecutive double-double (14 kills, 10 digs).
Sophomore Marija Zelenovic registered a team-high 17 attacks to help lead the Lady Flames offense.
Freshman Nicole Sumida also played a role, adding 12 slams of her own to go along with five blocks.
Sophomore Lauren Williams had six kills and six blocks while Junior Camil Martinez helped to set up the offensive with 41 assists.
The Broncos were led by Kendra Schwein, who recorded a game-high 21 kills to go along with 10 digs in the winning effort.
Kirsten Nickel also registered a double-double, managing 12 kills and 12 digs.
The 2012 event marked the 11th appearance overall and fifth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Tournament for Lee.
The Lady Flames finish the season with a record of 30-11 in their last year as members of the NAIA. Lee will make the jump to NCAA Division II beginning next season.