JACKSON, Tenn. | The University of Alabama in Huntsville volleyball team won its third consecutive match, defeating host Union 3-1 on Tuesday night. The Chargers improve to 9-6 (7-4 Gulf South Conference), while the Lady Bulldogs slip to 4-13 (1-10 GSC).
Union opened the contest with a big 25-12 win in the first set, outhitting the visitors by a .345 to -.032 clip, and Deja Moorer hit .556 for the frame to lead the Lady Bulldogs to the opening-frame victory.
Bouncing back, the Chargers would use a 14-5 run in the middle of the second set to propel themselves to a 25-21 victory. Recording four kills during the key stretch that allowed UAH to overcome a 10-7 deficit was Anna Claire Johnson who ended the frame with seven successful swings, and after committing four errors en route to falling in the three-point hole, the Chargers had just one miscue the rest of the frame.
Johnson continued to excel in the third set, picking up nine more kills to lead UAH to a 25-22 victory in the stanza. Though the Chargers hit just .136 in the third, a strong defensive effort that featured 25 digs – seven from Ashton Baker who finished the night with 17 – limited the Lady Bulldogs to a swing rate of just .130.
Olivia Bauman provided a spark in the decisive fourth set, totaling a team-high five kills in the 25-19 win. Johnson also added four more kills in the fourth to give her a season-high 22 kills on the night.
Both Baker and Johnson registered double-doubles for the Chargers on Tuesday night. Baker added a match-high 42 assists to her 17 digs, while Johnson paired her 22 kills with 13 digs. Johnson has six double-doubles so far in her freshman campaign.
The Chargers will continue conference play on the road this Friday when the team travels to Pensacola, Florida, to take on West Florida. That contest is slated for a 6 p.m. start.