The Lady Flames and surging Hawks, who have won eight straight matches, are deadlocked at 11-5 in the GSC. Lee had defeated Shorter in an earlier match in Walker Arena, 3-1. Both teams are provisional members of NCAA Division II and are not eligible for the Gulf South tournament, but could meet again in the NCCAA National Tournament.
The Lady Flames dropped to 15-7 overall and Shorter improved to 19-9. Lee has GSC matches remaining at Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and North Alabama on Saturday. Shorter closes out the regular season against the same two opponents, North Alabama on Friday and Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday.
In defeat Lee got another double-double from NCCAA National Player of Week Camil Martinez. She finished with 31 assists and 14 digs. Lauren Williams continued her fine play with a team-leading 12 kills and two blocks. Paula Martins added 11 kills and four blocks. Latrice Johnson totaled eight kills and 12 digs.
Lee continued to play without injured libero Libby Peigen. Deborah Magalhaes stepped in and came up with 15 digs and Sarah Davis garnered 10.
Shorter used solid play at the net to turn away a late rally by the Lady Flames. Jasmine Crook was the leader with 14 kills, but she had plenty of help as Elizabeth Dowd had nine kills and Erica Baker and Anna Graham pitched in with eight each. Dowd was the dig leader with 20 and Donna Pierce picked up a double-double with 19 assists and 11 digs. Tanequa Whitman added 15 digs to help make a difference in the backcourt.