BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Overcoming a one set deficit, Spring Hill College stormed back to capture the 2018 SIAC Volleyball Championship title in a 3-1 victory over Kentucky State University on Wednesday afternoon at the Birmingham Crossplex.
The Badgers (32-30claimed their first SIAC Volleyball Championship title since their full transition into Division II. Wednesday’s meeting with Kentucky State marked the fourth time the two teams had battled the SIAC title.
In the first match, the Badgers and Thorobreds went point for point with KSU taking the set by two points 25-23. Kentucky State had a total of 18 kills and maintained a .263 hitting percentage to Spring Hill’s .205 percent.
The Badgers gained traction in the second set as they were victorious over the Thorobreds, 25-19. The Badger’s offense generated 15 kills. Spring Hill went on a run early in the match as Most Valuable Player, Kassandra Fairly, paced their offensive game. As the match progressed, the Thorobreds fought to the end, but dropped the set. Kentucky State struggled offensively as Spring Hill’s defense limited the Thorobreds to a .045 hitting percentage.
Senior middle hitter Arlandria Greathouse led the Thorobreds in kills (13) ahead of Mariah Peachy (10), and Robin Poole (9). Both Greathouse and Poole were named to the all-tournament team for their performance during the tournament.
During the third and fourth set, Spring Hill had a sideout percentage of 61 percent and 66 percent respectively to secure the final two sets and the 2018 SIAC Volleyball Championship title.
Head Coach Peggy Martin was named the Coach of the Tournament.
The Badgers will await their seeding in the NCAA Selection Show scheduled for Nov. 11.
2018 SIAC Volleyball All-Tournament Team
Arlandria Greathouse, Kentucky State
Robin Poole, Kentucky State
Jannai Cheeks, Albany State
Allison Weimer, Spring Hill
Libero of the Tourament: Alliyah Williams, Kentucky State
Setter of the Tournament: Cassidi Sterrett, Spring Hill
Tournament MVP: Kassandra Fairly, Spring Hill
Coach of the Tournament: Peggy Martin, Spring Hill