UNA volleyball defeats Christian Brothers

Lions junior middle hitter Jessica Austin attempts to attack the ball against Christian Brothers Sept. 24 at Flowers Hall. The Lions improve to 12-1 on the season and 4-1 in conference play.

The UNA volleyball team, (12-1, 4-1 Gulf South Conference) defeated the Christian Brothers Buccaneers in Florence Sept. 24.

The Lions ended their two-game home stand with a sweep over the Buccaneers.

The first set started off evenly matched with Christian Brothers answering for every lion point.

“Christian Brothers is a really good team, and they run a fast offense,” said UNA head coach Stephanie Radecki.

The Lions took the first set 25-17.

UNA took the lead early in the second set with 11 unanswered points, extending their lead to 18-6.

“It’s always encouraging when that happens because it’s a really big momentum shift,” said senior defensive specialist Sarah Ann Tillery. ”That is kind of what our team does best. (We) just keep the momentum and just keep pressing no matter what.”

The Lions won the second set with a score of 25-13.

“I think the girls have really been working on staying focused for every point,” Radecki said. “When you do that, good things happen.”

UNA took the third set 25-13.

Junior libero Ashtyn Kapovich led the Lions defensively with a team leading 24 digs.

“This weekend we really saw a very balanced offense,” Radecki said. “ In order to be good and be successful we need that. It was nice to see some other people really step up and have a lot of success offensively.”

The Lions will travel to Carollton, Georgia, to play West Georgia Sept. 27. They will be back home on Sept. 29 to face UAH.