HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama in Huntsville rallied from behind two sets to defeat Union in five frames (24-26, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 16-14) on Tuesday evening at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall to open the Gulf South Conference slate.
The Chargers (3-2, 1-1 GSC) and Bulldogs (2-3, 0-1 GSC) battled through all sets on Tuesday, as the largest margin of victory was by five points in set three. The competition was stiff early with Union winning the first and second sets by two-point margins.
UAH made a run of five points with the score in favor of Union, 24-19, in the second set. Freshman Anna Claire Johnson started the rally with her sixth kill of the evening and proceeded to extend it with a pair of service aces. In the end Union took the win on a service error by Johnson.
With the Bulldogs steadily ahead by two sets, the Chargers began to mount the comeback in the third. The score was tight throughout much of the set until UAH went up 21-20 on an attacking error by Union. UAH then went on to score the next five points to take set three.
The Chargers held strong in the fourth set thanks to a six-kill stanza by junior Olivia Bauman, who finished the evening with 14 kills.
UAH continued to play strong in the fifth set as it took 16 points to earn the victory. The Chargers were down midway through the frame, 11-9, but were able to fight back with a three-point rally to take the lead 12-11. The squad finished up the first GSC win of the season on another three-point run highlighted by a kill from Bauman.
Freshman Kirsten Giles posted the first double-double of her collegiate career with 16 digs and a team-best 36 assists. Junior Kennedie Lariscy led the Chargers with 19 digs, while Johnson finished with a team-high 17 kills.
UAH will continue with GSC play at home this weekend with West Florida on Friday at 6 p.m. and West Georgia on Saturday at 2 p.m.