FLORENCE, Ala. (roarlions.com) – The University of North Alabama volleyball team got victories in the fourth and fifth sets to rally for a 3-2 win over NJIT Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. With the 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15, 15-12 victory, the Lions improve to 4-23 overall and 2-12 in ASUN Conference play.
Seven different players had at least six kills on the day as UNA setters Breylee Linder and Mariana Trujillo recorded 23 assists each. Sarah-Elizabeth Williams hit .344 and had a match-high 13 kills.
Trailing 2-1 in the match, North Alabama stayed alive with a dominating fourth set. The Lions hit .433 in the frame and got four kills from Christina Ellwanger.
In the fifth set, UNA overcame an 11-7 deficit to get the win. After an NJIT service error, back-to-back kills by Alyssa Dutton and a block by Williams and Maggie Sullivan tied the game. The two teams then traded points before the Lions scored the final three to get the win.
Dutton finished with 10 kills and 15 digs. Anna Katherine Griggs added eight kills and a block, while Ellwanger, Sullivan and Morgan Madasz had seven kills each. Sullivan also had a match-high seven blocks on the day.
Defensively, Mackenzie Sullivan led all players with 26 digs. Claire Bullington also had 11 digs while Trujillo completed a double-double with 10 digs.
UNA will host Stetson on Thursday, Nov. 15. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Flowers Hall.
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.