Lions volleyball defeats West Georgia, 3-0

The UNA volleyball team huddles around assistant coach Jennifer McCall at Flowers Hall. The Lions now have 14 sweeps on the season.

The UNA volleyball team defeated the West Georgia Wolves at Flowers Hall Oct. 18 in a 3-0 sweep, giving the Lions thier 14th sweep on the season.

The Lions (19-4, 12-3 Gulf South Conference) entered the game against the Wolves (4-18, 1-13 GSC) off a six game road trip to give them their first home game since Oct. 1.

“It felt great to play back in Flowers Hall,” said UNA head coach Stephanie Radecki. “It’s great to have the crowd behind you, and that you know they are supporting you.”

The Lions started slow in the first set, allowing the Wolves to tie the set, 9-9, before UNA pulled away for the 25-16 set win.

“West Georgia is very athletic,” Radecki said. “They have some big weapons and I think early on in the first set we were caught off guard by that.”

Radecki said that adjustments defensively were made going in to the second set to counter West Georgia’s game plan.

UNA won the second and third sets with scores of 25-11 and 25-14, respectively.

Radecki said one of the keys for UNA throughout the match was junior Lexie Bradley’s transition from the outside hitter to middle hitter position. Bradley led the team with 16 kills, including 10 in the second set.

“I can’t say enough about how hard it is to switch from outside to middle hitter,” Radecki said. “Lexie has taken that and done an excellent job. She got up quick and got a lot of kills, so I was proud of her tonight.”

Bradley said the position change is made easier from tutelage from teammates.

“The switch is going well,” Bradley said. “I’ve always played outside hitter. Jessica Austin and Madison Ruble have helped me out a lot, and really, the whole team has been great about helping me change over.”

Senior hitter Natasha Fomina added 15 kills on the day, while sophomore setter Jayden Davila-McClary led the team with 41 assists during the game.

The Lions face Lee at home in their next match Oct. 21, which UNA will use to celebrate their inaugural “Bacon Night,” where students can eat free bacon before the 6 P.M. game. The Lions will take on Shorter the following day at Flowers Hall.