Volleyball bounces back against Valdosta State

Junior outside hitter Lexie Bradley celebrates a kill against Valdosta State at Flowers Hall Nov. 12. After losing their first match at home Nov. 11, the Lions rebounded for a 3-0 win against the Blazers in their regular season finale.

The North Alabama volleyball team ended regular season play on a high note with a sweep over the Valdosta State Blazers in Flowers Hall Nov. 12.

The win comes after the Lions (26-5, 16-4 Gulf South Conference) dropped their first home match of the season Nov. 11 to West Florida.

“It’s great to get a win,” said head coach Stephanie Radecki. “Last night was really disappointing, so it was nice to see the girls fight back today and pull out a win against a really good team.”

The Lions won set one 26-24 after battling the entire game, being met point for point.

Starting the second set, UNA took over the court winning set two 25-13.

The Lions put the game away in the third set with a 25-17 victory.

All UNA seniors saw significant playtime during senior night. Natasha Fomina had 14 kills, and Peyton Lang had 13 kills and ten digs. Victoria Quintanilla had six kills, and Sarah Ann Tillery had eight digs.

“This means everything in the world to me just being with these coaches and these girls the past four years,” Fomina said. “They have just given me so much happiness by helping me play my sport that I love with them.”

The Lions also had a strong showing from junior libero Ashtyn Kapovich with 12 digs and junior hitter Jessica Austin with eight kills.

Sophomore setter Jayden Davila-McClary had 42 assists against the Blazers.

The Lions are looking forward to post-season play in the GSC Tournament, Fomina said.

“We have really big goals looking into post-season,” Fomina said. “We want to win a National Championship, so we know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us.”

The Lions will face Valdosta State for a rematch Nov. 15 for the opening round of the GSC Tournament.