LAKE WALES, Fla.—The Fire volleyball team has been ensuring fans are getting the best value for their admission as of late.
For the third straight match, the Fire came away victorious in five sets, winning at Warner 25-19, 25-20, 15-25, 20-25, 15-12 to improve to 20-3 on the year.
In the prior two matches at home, the Fire rallied back to win in five. Today was a little different after jumping out to a 2-0 lead.
The Fire forced nine Warner attack errors in the first set and held the Royals to a .024 team hitting percentage. Things started to turn for the Royals in the second set, keeping it closer, and upping their attacking percentage to .212. Southeastern still came away with the set, needing just eight kills on 22 attacks.
Warner went on a 9-0 run in the third set, and latter put together a 6-0 run to take the set with ease.
Southeastern led the fourth 20-18, but out of a Warner timeout, the Royals scored the next six points, four coming on SEU attack errors with another on a service error to force the fifth set.
The Royals took four of the first five rallies, but Emily Kalmink helped get the Fire on track with two kills and a block to get the Fire within two (8-6). Taylor Gregory added a kill and a block, and Emily Boehlein added two kills to secure the win.
Kalmink led the offense with 12 kills, six blocks, and hit .267. Boehlein was also in double figures with 10 kills, and hit .269. Gregory added three blocks with five kills.
Sarah Castillo had 20 assists, and Courtney Krause added 11 with seven kills.
In the back row, Keniah Rivera Santiago led the way with 26 digs, and Carly Sundt added 16. Avery Bradshaw was also in double figures with 10 digs, and had seven kills.
The Fire return to action on Wednesday at Ave Maria at 7 p.m.