Volleyball defeats Chargers at home

Senior hitter Natasha Fomina attacks the ball against UAH Sept. 29 in Florence. The Lions swept the Chargers to improve to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in Gulf South Conference play.

by Sports Editor Andrew Fulmer

The UNA volleyball team improved to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the Gulf South Conference with a 3-0 sweep over the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, (9-3, 4-2 GSC) Sept. 29 in Flowers Hall.

The victory gives the No. 24 Lions six sweeps in a row at home. UNA improved to a 54-17 all-time record vs. UAH.

“I think our girls played really well,” said UNA head coach Stephanie Radecki. “Huntsville is a really good team, and it was good to see our girls handle that and do what we wanted them to do.”

The game began evenly as the teams found themselves tied at five points a piece in the first set.

UNA then found its groove later in the set. The Lions amassed 16 total kills in the set, including four each from junior middle hitter Jessica Austin and junior outside hitter Lexie Bradley. The Lions took the set, 25-19.

The Lions began to pull away in the second set, winning the set 25-16. Senior outside hitter Natasha Fomina totaled five kills in the set.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game because they are a rival of ours,” Fomina said. “We had a game plan and stuck to it, and that allowed us to be successful this match, and we are proud of it.”

UNA sealed UAH’s fate in the third, winning the set, 25-14 to take the win over the Chargers.

Bradley and Austin each finished with 13 kills to lead UNA. Sophomore setter Jayden Davila-McClary continued to be a key piece of the Lions offensive attack, cumulating 40 of the team’s 43 assists.

UNA will be back in action against Mississippi College Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. at Flowers Hall.