HANCEVILLE – A weekend road trip resulted in four more wins for Wallace State Community College's 18th-ranked volleyball team.
The Lady Lions (39-1) collected victories over three North Carolina junior colleges and Pasco Hernando CC (Fla.) in the Sea Devil Classic at Cape Fear, N.C.
Wallace State capped off the three-day tournament with a convincing come-from-behind victory over Pasco Hernando, who is ranked fifth in the NJCAA Division II poll. After dropping the first two sets to the Conquistadors, Wallace State, a NJCAA Division I school, reeled off three straight wins for a 24-26, 17-25, 25-11, 26-24, 15-7 triumph.
"I was very proud of my team's effort over the long tournament. We played at a high level throughout the weekend, which was our goal going in," said Wallace State coach Randy Daniel. "Winning against a highly-ranked Pasco-Hernando team was the highlight because we had to come from behind. We found our rhythm and played with a great deal of energy, allowing us the momentum to carry us through."
Freshman Caelin Light, an Arab grad, provided the lift against Pasco-Hernando, finishing the match with 41 assists, 12 digs, eight kills and two aces. She had 131 combined assists in the tournament as Wallace State also disposed of Cape Fear CC, Brunswick CC and Pitt Community College.
Sophomore Skylar Key had 45 kills and 30 blocks combined, Taulise Dunklin contributed 55 kills, Kierra Outlin 39 and Kris Lawson 15.
Jessica Wilburn collected a team-high 74 digs and Lesley Bemis added 33 kills and 14 blocks.
Wallace State resumes league play Tuesday with a match at Snead State beginning at 6 p.m. and returns home Thursday for sophomore night vs. Northwest Shoals and Jeff Davis. The Lady Lions haven't lost a conference match in nearly two years.
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