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LAKELAND, Fla.—Southeastern dropped its second straight sun conference match in five sets, falling to Ave Maria 3-2 Wednesday night.
The Gyrenes (3-6) used a 6-0 run in the first half to take an 11-6 advantage, but the Fire answered back late in the set, down 21-19 with a 6-2 run to win the set 25-23.
The second set saw the Fire (7-4) muster up just nine kills on 31 attacks and commit eight attack errors in a 25-19 setback.
AMU had its second best hitting set in the third, posting 15 kills and a .256 attack percentage to edge out the Fire 25-22. The Gyrenes hit .211 as a team in the match, which is their highest hitting percentage of the season.
Southeastern answered in the fourth with its best attacking effort of 15 kills and a .303 attacking percentage to force the fifth set with a 25-23 win. The Fire clung to a 23-22 lead in the set, and were the beneficiaries of two service errors by the Gyrenes.
During the fifth, Ave Maria used a Fire miscue to spur a 5-0 run and take an 11-5 lead and control of the set. SEU got as close as four twice in the final set, including at 12-8, but Ave Maria closed out the tiebreaker with a kill and a pair of Fire attack errors.
Emily Boehlein and Emily Kalmink led the attack with 16 and 11 kills, respectively. Boehlein posted a .361 attacking percentage and Kalmink was at .429. Kalmink was also in on seven blocks and Boehlein on four.
Sarah Castillo had a team-best 42 assists, and added 10 digs. She was one of four SEU players in double figures in digs, led by Grace Ball with 17.
The Fire are back in action on Saturday with a non-conference match against Brewton-Parker at 2 p.m.