AVE MARIA, Fla.—Keniah Rivera Santiago needed 20 digs during Southeastern’s game at Ave Maria on Wednesday to record 1,000 during her two years with the Fire.
Her defense was a big reason the Fire improved to 21-3 on the season and 13-2 in Sun Conference play with a 3-1 win over the Gyrenes.
The Fire were seemingly everywhere the Gyrenes tried to hit, posting just a .106 hitting percentage, and were held to negative hitting in the first and fourth sets.
In addition to Rivera Santiago’s milestone effort in the back row, the Fire recorded nine blocks as a team, with Emily Kalmink leading the way with five. The senior also added nine kills.
Rivera Santiago picked up her milestone dig during the third set, which Ave Maria won by the score of 25-22. It marked her 12th match of 20 or more digs in a match.
She became just the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 digs with the Fire, doing so faster than any other player.
Emily Boehlein was the top attacker with 11 kills, hitting .292 on the day.
With one match remaining, the Fire are currently tied with Webber International in the loss column. Southeastern will host Florida Memorial Saturday at 10 a.m. and Faulkner at 2 p.m. to wrap up its regular season.