SHC Volleyball captures third consecutive SIAC Championship

ROCK HILL, S.C. (November 17, 2021) – The Spring Hill College (SHC) volleyball team earned its third consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Championship with a 3-0 (25-17; 25-19; 25-17) victory over the Albany State University (ASU) Golden Rams on Wednesday afternoon at the Rock Hill Sports & Events Center.

Spring Hill took an early lead 8-4 lead over the Golden Rams (20-15) in the first set and kept them at arm’s length for the reminder of the stanza in route to a 25-17 win. Senior middle hitter Kassandra Fairly quickly took charge of the action with six kills while her sister Jessica Fairly dished out 12 assists.

ASU kept the early stages of the second set close as SHC clung to a 13-10 advantage before digging out to a 17-11 lead.

The Badgers did not let up on the gas in the third set, racing out to a 10-3 bulge before sealing the win with a final 5-1 run.

The SHC offense built a .185 (42-20-119) attack percentage while the defense held ASU to a -.025 (22-25-120) percentage. The Badgers racked up 40 assists, 65 digs, nine blocks (3-12), and three services aces. Middle hitting Fairly had 17 kills for a healthy .419 (17-4-31) attack percentage with two block assists while the setting Fairly issued 36 assists with 12 digs and two block assists.

Libero Taylor Fontenelle served up all three Badger aces to go with nine digs and 14 receptions. Freshman right side hitter Airyonna Weaver did some of everything with six kills, two assists, 17 digs, 15 receptions and two block assists. Olivia Peyton added four kills, but truly shined at the net with two solo blocks and four block assists.

ASU collected 22 assists, six aces, 51 digs and eight (2-12) blocks with Jordyn Terrell earning six kills, an ace, a block assist, and eight digs.

Spring Hill also captured the SIAC Championship in 2018 and 2019 with the 2020 season being canceled due to the NCAA Covid-19 Pandemic Shutdown.

The victory clinches a spot in the 2021 NCAA Division II South Region Volleyball Championship to be hosted by the region’s highest seed on December 2-4, 2021.

The Badgers (30-5) will discover the location of the South Region Championship as well as their seeding and opponent on Monday at 6:30 p.m. during an NCAA.com live stream of the Division II Volleyball Tournament Selection Show.

 
 

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