FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama volleyball team was able to withstand Alabama-Huntsville's upset bid Tuesday evening, rallying for a 3-2 victory at Flowers Hall. UAH held a 2-1 lead in the match before the Lions won the final two sets to improve to 14-3 on the season with a 5-1 mark in Gulf South Conference play. With the loss, the Chargers fall to 6-12 overall and 2-4 in league action.
Statistically, UNA held team advantages in kills (57-44), hitting percentages (.201-.077) and assists (48-40). UAH, however, was able to come away with victories in sets one and three, then, jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the final set.
The Lions were able to rally down the stretch, forcing six ties, including a 10-10 deadlock. After a UAH error gave the Lions their first lead, a kill by Natalie Marsh made the score 12-10 and the Chargers never pulled even again. A kill by Jessica Ronyak ended the match, giving the Lions 28 straight victories over UAH.
Marsh finished with 16 kills on the night while Cara Gregg had 10 kills for UNA. Hope Rayburn and Caroline Neisler added 30 and 11 assists respectively.
Defensively, Lauren Greenhill had 20 digs, while Brigid O'Brien added 13 digs for the Lions. Gregg and Marsh also finished with four block-assists each.
UNA will host West Alabama in another key GSC matchup on Saturday. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at Flowers Hall.