Lady Flames' volleyball win their first home game

Lady Flames' volleyball win their first home game

Photo by Jaclyn De Vries

The Lee University volleyball team had their home opener Friday against Valdosta State University and wrapped up their three-game home stand on Tuesday with their first win of the season against conference opponent University of North Alabama.

After a hard fought conference loss Friday to Valdosta State, Volleyball Head Coach Andrea Hudson said that their home opener was an improvement compared to their season opener in Nashville against Trevecca Nazarene University.

'This game was 100 percent better, just a few mistakes.' Hudson said.

Middle blocker and captain Lauren Williams also felt this was a big improvement, and that they had high energy as well.

The lady Flames opened their season at home with a 25-23 victory in the first set.

'I told the girls, 'we have been here before, let's go do it,'' Hudson said of the first set.

The Lady Flames went on to lose the next three sets and their record dropped to 0-2 in spite of the improvements from their game against Trevecca Nazarene University.

Despite the loss, Hudson said two players that stood out the most were sophomore right side hitter Erin Hill and sophomore outside hitter Blaire Beamer. Hill and Beamer combined for 24 kills and 5 blocks, while Hill also lead the team with 26 assists.

The Flames' second home match on Saturday yielded the same results. After winning the first set, the Lady Flames dropped the next three sets and lost the match 3-1. Erin Hill once again led the team with eight kills, three blocks and 18 assists. Senior outside hitter Latrice Johnson added eight kills to the record as well.

The Lady Flames got their first win of the season against North Alabama with a 3-2 victory. Although they lost their first set, they bounced back by winning the next two sets and sealed their first victory in the fifth and final set.

'We are very excited! The girls dug deep and got [their first win],' Graduate Assistant Coach Jesse Elliot said.

The coaches and players feel that the team chemistry is something that will help them to improve throughout the season.

'As a team, we all bring positive energy, a cohesive unit and just all work together,' sophomore outside hitter Blaire Beamer said.

The Lady Flames opened up their season 1-3 overall and 1-2 at home. The team feels that they will improve, and that they will have a chance to do so in the upcoming away games against Mississippi College and the University of West Alabama.

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