HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama in Huntsville volleyball team defeated Gulf South Conference opponent Christian Brothers in five sets (25-21, 16-25, 19-25, 26-16, 16-14) on Tuesday evening at Canale Arena.
The Chargers (5-3, 3-1 GSC) started the match against the Bucs (3-5, 2-2 GSC) taking a 25-21 win in the first frame. The set was tied 18-18 late but UAH rallied for three points to go ahead 21-18. A kill from freshman Kirsten Giles finished off the Chargers set one win. Giles filled up the stat sheet in the first stanza with four kills, five assists and four digs.
Christian Brothers bounced back after a first set loss to tie the contest at 1-1, winning the second frame 25-16. Freshman Anna Claire Johnson led the UAH attack at three kills, with junior Haley Snyder and freshman Jordan Morrison chipping in two kills apiece.
UAH fell behind with a third set loss by a score of 25-19. The Chargers kept the set close with a tie at 14-14 midway through the frame. However, CBU pulled away with the game tied on a pair of three-point rallies and took a 2-1 match advantage.
The Chargers stormed back in the fourth set for a convincing 25-16 win to tie the match at 2-2. UAH earned the victory in the end thanks to a six-point run that included kills by Olivia Bauman, Rachel Brugman and Morrison.
Johnson and Morrison led the Chargers offense with four kills each in the fourth set. Morrison completed a perfect hitting percentage during the frame.
UAH finished off the comeback in the decisive fifth set against CBU with a 16-14 win. With the Chargers trailing 8-7, a kill by Johnson kick started a four-point run for UAH to go ahead 11-8. CBU made a late four-point rally to bring the set within one, but Morrison notched a kill to complete the win.
Giles ended the match with a career-high 50 assists to go along with 11 digs for a double-double. Johnson led the offense with 13 kills, with Morrison close behind at 12 kills and a .417 hitting percentage.
The Chargers will look ahead to a matchup at rival North Alabama on Saturday at 2 p.m.