MEMPHIS – For the first time in seven matches this season, the University of North Alabama volleyball team came up on the short end of a five-set decision. Christian Brothers pulled into a tie for second place in the Gulf South Conference with a 25-22, 20-25, 25-17, 16-25, 15-12 victory Tuesday evening at Canale Arena on the CBU campus. With the loss, UNA falls to 17-5 on the season with a 6-2 mark in GSC play. CBU improves to 20-6 overall and 6-2 in league play.
Should the teams finish the regular season with identical records, UNA would own the tie-breaker by virtue of its 3-0 sweep over the Lady Bucs on Sept. 20 at Flowers Hall.
On Tuesday, the two teams traded victories with the home team winning sets one, three and five. Natalie Marsh led the Lions with 16 kills, 11 digs and a .333 hitting percentage. Jessica Ronyak also hit .409 for the match and finished with 11 kills, while Cara Gregg also reached double figures in kills with 10 for UNA.
Hailey Gillis led Christian Brothers on the night with a 16 kills. The Lady Buccaneers also got 15 kills from Hannah Kurtz and 14 digs from Kelly Nolan.
Hope Rayburn also finished with 36 assists on the night. Defensively, Lauren Greenhill had 16 digs, while Brigid O'Brien finished the evening with 10 digs for the Lions.
UNA will be back in action this weekend with a GSC road swing that winds through New Orleans and Pensacola, Fla. The Lions will take on UNO Friday at 7 p.m. before playing at West Florida at 4 p.m. the following day.