Lady Lions earn mixed results

Lady Lions

Lady Lion junior Veronica Turk returns the ball in the match versus Central Arkansas. Turk and the rest of the Lady Lions fought valiently, but would be able to overcome the conference rival.

The Lady Lions’ volleyball team against Jackson State and Central Arkansas each held opposite results with a win followed by a hard loss on their home court.

They played their last non-conference game at Jackson State’s TB Ellis Gym in Jackson, Miss. on Thursday, Oct. 3.

The Lady Lions won the first three sets, ending the game quickly. In the first two sets the team began with a lead of 3-0, however, Jackson State responded quickly.

In the first set, the Lions never lost the lead and maintained a two to three point average the majority of the set. In the second set, Jackson pushed forward with a 5-3 lead, but afterward, the Lions pushed ahead again. In the third set, the teams tied at 7-7 and the Lions refused to let up, winning the game.

Leading the team in kills were players Tiffany Thomas and Veronica Turk tying for seven, followed by Elizabeth Ramee with six.

Mikayla Shippy conducted 27 assists throughout the three set game and Rachael Bunn performed five blocks.

Morgan Todd carried out 11 digs, and Brooke Balser followed behind her with nine.

After winning the game, the Lady Lions were unable to carry the momentum back to their home court and lost the game against Central Arkansas, the reigning Southland Conference champions. The game lasted four sets with Arkansas winning the first two and after a brief responsive attack from Southeastern in the third, winning the fourth as well.

The first two sets were lost with the Lady Lions lagging behind 25-16, and then 25-17.

After a short intermission, the Lady Lions returned to play with increased vigor and won the third match 25-21, giving the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears a fight.

That exuberance followed into the fourth set when both teams traded the leading score back and forth. They were however unable to maintain the lead and at 23-22, the Sugar Bears scored three consecutive points, winning the game.

Landry Bullock led the team’s offense with 12 kills, and Parrie Hartley who accomplished seven kills and 11 blocks followed her. Thomas also had seven kills accompanied by five blocks.

Shippy continued to conduct assists as in the last game and reached 30 while Brooke Balser and Todd each executed 15 blocks.

The girls will next play at the University Center, on Tuesday Oct. 7. They will play a conference match and face off against McNeese State at 7 p.m. Southeastern students will be admitted for free with their student I.D.’s at the doors.