Lady Lions successful against Warhawks

Freshman outside hitter Elizabeth Ramee did not disappoint in her second career home game, as her team-leading 13 points was enough to push the Lady Lions past the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks for their second home win in as many games.

The first set saw the two teams deadlocked, until three consecutive attack errors by the Warhawks opened the gap. The Lady Lions took the lead, and never looked back, finishing the set 25-14.

The Lady Lions quickly jumped ahead in the second set, leading 9-6, before Warhawks’ outside hitter Blanca Ocana scored on two service aces, in addition to two Lady Lions attack errors and four kills by the Warhawks, leaving the score at 9-14.

After the score ended up tied eight times before either team reached double digits, the Lady Lions broke away with a service ace by sophomore defensive specialist/libero Megan McMillin, which brought the score to 14-10. The Lady Lions would go on to win the set, 25-21.

The Lady Lions, looking to end the match, took control of the set early, leading by as much as eight points, before finishing the set 25-17 and winning the match three sets to one.

“We’re undefeated at home right now, both matches we’ve won, and I think the crowd is picking us up,” said head coach Geno Frugoli. “We talked a lot about having pride here at home, and trying to beat everyone that comes in here. The girls showed a lot of character today. They weren’t going to lose on their home floor and it showed.”  

Ramee, along with freshman middle blocker Zoe Douglas, accounted for 16 of the Lady Lion’s 61 points. Sophomore setter Lindsey Young posted a double-double, with 37 assists and 13 digs.

Senior setter Arianne Cruckshank added five assists, giving her 1,504 for her career, passing Jill Edwards for fifth in school history, according to lionsports.net.

Frugoli was pleased with the team’s performance after the game.

“Well, I think that our passing has settled down and our hitting was fantastic,” said Frugoli. “Our system was on most of the time and that just made a real big difference.”

Still, the ultimate goal has not been lost in the grand scheme of things.

“Our first goal is to make the conference tournament, come in the top eight,” said Frugoli. “And I feel like this team can do it, we’re moving forward each and every day. And after that, our goal is to get better by every game and every point.”