LAKELAND, Fla.—It took almost 100 rallies, but it finally clicked for the Fire volleyball team.
With the match tied at one, the Fire offense came alive to push Southeastern past Ave Maria 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-12, 25-9) to move to 7-1 in Sun Conference play.
Senior Emily Kalmink was the igniter, scoring four straight points in the third set, to take the Fire from down 3-1, to up 10-3 during a 9-0 run. Kalmink also scored the final two points of that run, and finished the set with six kills and three blocks. The sixth kill of the set was the 25th point.
She finished the match with a team-best 11 kills, .500 attack percentage, and seven total blocks.
During the fourth set, Southeastern posted 15 kills with two errors and a .448 attack percentage. In contrast, SEU had six attack errors in each of the first two sets, and a combined 20 kills.
The Fire picked up where they left off in the fourth, jumping out to a 13-3 lead, taking advantage of five Ave Maria errors. Soutehastern finished the final set with 12 kills, two errors, and a .333 attack percentage to finish the night with an overall .230 hitting percentage.
In addition to Kalmink, Taylor Gregory was in double-figures with 10 kills, and assisted on a block.
Keniah Rivera Santiago was the top defender with 23 digs, and added seven assists, and even chipped in a pair of kills. Courtney Krause was credited with a team-best 19 assists.
The Fire are on the road to Miami this weekend, starting the trip with a match at St. Thomas Friday night at 7 p.m.