FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama volleyball team opened Gulf South Conference play Tuesday evening with a 3-0 home victory over Christian Brothers. The Lions hit a season-high .346 for the match to improve to 10-2 on the season after the sweep.
Three players reached double figures in kills for UNA, which improved to 16-1 all-time against the Buccaneers. The meeting marked the first time, however, a match against the former GSC West Division team counted in the conference standings.
On Tuesday, the Lions jumped out to early leads in each set. Christian Brothers was able to mount a rally in only the first set, however. After trailing 20-15, the Buccaneers cut the deficit to 24-23 before a kill by Jessica Ronyak ended the set.
In the second set, the Lions raced out to a 14-4 lead and never looked back. UNA hit .379 in the frame and held the visitors to a .030 hitting percentage in the 25-13 victory.
Priscilla Massengale had four kills in the final set as North Alabama again raced out to a 14-4 lead. CBU never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
Massengale and Natalie Marsh each had 11 kills to lead UNA. Cara Gregg hit .444 for the match with 10 kills. Caroline Neisler also recorded 38 assists in just three sets to pace the offensive attack.
Defensively, Ronyak had a match-high 13 digs. She also just missed a double-double with nine kills and added a .471 hitting percentage. Marsh wrapped up her seventh double-double of the season with 11 digs while Lauren Greenhill added 10 digs on the night.
UNA will host New Orleans Friday at 7 p.m. in non-conference action before returning to GSC play the following day with a home match against West Florida. Match time for the homecoming event against the Argonauts is set for 2 p.m. at Flowers Hall.