Mon, Nov. 7, 2011 - [Volleyball]
HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions continue to
blaze their way through the Transouth Conference Tournament, defeating
Union (Tenn.) University in straight sets (25-15, 25-14, 25-22) on
The Lady Lions jumped out to an early 8-4 lead, forcing the UU bench into a time-out. The teams traded points until Union went on a 4-0 run to draw to an 18-13 set, but a kill by Fernanda Ferreira set up by Renata Ferreira broke the short draught and vaulted the Lady Lions to the set win of 25-15.
The second set began close with the teams tied at 3, until the Lady Lions, sparked by a attack error from the Bulldogs ignited the defending conference champion Lady Lions to a 25-14 set victory capped with another kill from F. Ferreira.
The final set was much closer than the first two, as the Bulldogs came out of the break with an 8-1 lead, forcing FHU coach Todd Humphry to burn a timeout. The Lady Lions then volley-by-volley chipped away at the Union surplus until an attack error tied the game at 18. The Bulldogs tacked on three extra points, but a kill from Sandra Montoya sealed the match, winning game three for the Lady Lions 25-21.
F. Ferreira lead the charge for the defending champions with 15 kills, far ahead of Sydney Rice's eight. Amber Turner and R. Ferreira set up 19 assists each. Union (13-20, 7-6) managed to stay above a negative attack percentage by one kill, finishing with a .012, while the Lady Lions hit a .270
The Lady Lions (24-7, 12-2) will face the top seeded Bethel (Tenn.) University Wildcats in the winner's bracket final. If the Lady Lions lose, they still have the chance to win three more games and take the conference title.