Ramee honored during Senior Day

Elizabeth Ramee

The Lion’s Roar / Sara Patrick 
Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Ramee shows her school spirit with a “Lion Up” as she receives
a framed jersey prior to Lady Lions match against Abiline Christian University. 

The Lady Lions lost against the Abilene Christian University Wildcats, who won with scores of 25-13, 23-25, 26-24, 25-19 in this Southland Conference game. Before the loss, the Lady Lions celebrated Senior Day to honor the team’s only senior player.

The game took place in the University Center on Saturday, giving Southeastern eight wins and 14 losses overall, with five wins and five losses in Conference.

For Senior Day, senior outside hitter Elizabeth Ramee received gifts including a stuffed lion, flowers and a framed jersey with her number on it from her team, family and friends.

Ramee has played four seasons for Southeastern, but does not plan to continue after she graduates. Instead she plans to go to graduate school to pursue speech pathology.

“Playing in college was always a dream, so it meant everything,” said Ramee. “It’s really been fun going through everything that we’ve been through [with] coaches and different sorts of things. We really bond.”

Two teammates she has bonded with are freshman middle blocker Sarah Friedman of Houston, Texas, and junior middle blocker Veronica Turk of Pearland, Texas. She led the offense by contributing to the team’s 45 kills. Friedman had 14 kills and one block and Turk had eight kills and one block. 

Friedman believes that playing with more trust will help the Lady Lions improve. 

“Focusing on trusting each other on the court will help a lot. I know there were a few miscommunication errors,” said Friedman. “I think I did alright, but I think I could have done better. There’s always room for improvement.” 

Sophomore middle blocker Rachael Bunn also believes increased trust will help the team, as well as with skill application.

“As a team, we’ve been struggling listening to what coach says and actually applying what he says and getting it done,” said Bunn. “A lot of people don’t trust themselves, so they go back to their old habits.” 

Even though the team had several setbacks, fans helped the Lady Lions move forward. 

“It means so much,” said Bunn. “If I’m down or something, I’ll just look over there, and I’ll see them smiling at me. It cheers me up and gets me going.”

Despite different issues on the court, having the support of family and friends encourages them. 

“It’s just really cool knowing they all support me and they are cheering for me on the sidelines,” said Friedman, whose mother, father and boyfriend attended.

Her father expressed how proud he is. 

“The game was a tough loss. Both teams played hard, but at the end of the day, it’s a game and someone has to lose. We are very proud Sarah can share the court with a great group of volleyball players and we feel that she has a great home at Southeastern,” said Jeff Friedman of Houston, Texas. 

Other star players were junior setter Mikayla Shippy, junior defensive specialist and libero Morgan Todd and freshman defensive specialist Freeman. Shippy performed 27 assists, Todd had 16 digs and Freeman had 11 digs. 

The last game the Lady Lions played in Conference was on Thursday, Oct. 23 against the Incarnate Word Cardinals. Southeastern lost the first set, but claimed the victory for the last three sets, scoring 26-24, 25-15 and 25-23.

The Lady Lions will battle against Nicholls State University on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Lion’s Roar /Maria Goddard
Ramee sets up a pass during the match versus Abiline Christian University.