Alison Smalling / Sports Information Director
The Embry-Riddle volleyball team returned to its winning ways on Friday night with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Southeastern, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21. Near the end of the second set, Hannah Gray picked up her 12th dig of the contest and the 1,785th of her career, which established her as the new all-time record-holder in that category in program history. Gray broke Senia McIntyre’s record of 1,784 career digs that had stood since 1999.
The Blue and Gold played a solid defensive match, limiting the Fire to a .056 hitting percentage thanks in part to eight total blocks, each of which Erika Hinel had a hand in. The Eagles hit .232 as a team, led by Cheye-Anne Savage’s .538 mark (7-0-13).
Ana Pajic and Evelina Abdurakhmanova record a team-high nine kills each, with Pajic adding 10 digs and Abdurakhmanova contributing five blocks. Gray tallied 15 digs and Tamires Ferreira had 30 assists.
Lydia Rooth led the Fire with a match-high 13 kills and 16 digs, though she also had 13 attack errors. Alyssa Prescott had 21 assists while Lindsey Fleming chipped in 11 assists.
The Blue and Gold took the lead early in set one and utilized a 6-0 run midway through the frame to take control with a 16-7 lead. The Fire couldn’t get any closer than seven points the rest of the way as ERAU cruised to a 25-17 first set win.
A block by Hinel and Abdurakhmanova put the Eagles ahead 7-3 in set two, a lead that Embry-Riddle would cling to until the late stages of the set. Southeastern kept things close and eventually pulled ahead after a 3-0 spurt made it 21-20 Fire. Abdurakhmanova pounded a kill to tie it and Pajic followed with a kill that pushed the Blue and Gold in front once again, 22-21. Back-to-back Rooth errors gave ERAU set point and Pajic ended the frame two points later, giving the Eagles a 25-22 win an a 2-0 lead.
Set three was the most competitive with six ties, but Embry-Riddle went on a 5-0 run late to pull ahead, 22-16. SEU came back to within three (24-21) but Pajic put the match away with her ninth kill, cementing the 25-21 win and the 3-0 sweep.
The Eagles will travel to Southern California for four matches next weekend as part of a small tournament held at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. ERAU will face Cal State – San Marcos and Westmont on Friday, Oct. 17, before battling No. 17 Vanguard and the host school on Saturday, Oct. 18.