Lady Lions Drop Two In Final Day Of Faulkner Invite

Lady Lions Drop Two In Final Day Of Faulkner Invite

Sat, Aug. 19, 2017 - [Volleyball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion volleyball team struggled to gain any momentum in day two of the Faulkner Invitational, as they suffered a 3-1 loss to William Carey University (20-25, 25-15, 25, 23, 25-21) and followed it up with a loss in straight sets to Life (Ga.) University (25-14, 25-23, 25-20).

However, despite the losses over the weekend, the Freed-Hardeman volleyball team and coaching staff are confident in their ability to have success during the upcoming season.

"The outcomes of the matches this weekend are not a good indication of how we played as a team," said Todd Humphry, head coach for the Lady Lion volleyball program. "We are a very young team and have a few injuries we are dealing with, but overall I believe we have a team to work with that will continue to get better as the season progresses."

The second day of the Faulkner Invitational for the Lady Lions began with an 11:00 AM match-up with William Carey University, an experienced team led by eight upperclassmen.

However, despite being the younger team in the match-up, the Lady Lions (0-4) started the day on a high note, as they took the first set from the Crusaders 25-20. Claire Walker led the Lady Lions once again on the attack, as she combined for 12 kills while Alex Britt pounded 10 kills of her own. Lindsey Gordon also continued her trend of success, as she dished out 34 assists in the match.

However, despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the match, the Lady Lions struggled to finish things out, as they dropped the next three sets (25-15, 25-23, 25-20) to give the Crusaders their second win of the season.

William Carey (2-1) was led by Caroline Golden, who pounded out 21 kills in the match to keep the Lady Lions on their toes the entire day. Gillian Tripp also had a solid day for the Crusaders, as she dished out an impressive 42 assists in the match while also countering FHU's attack with 13 digs.

The second match of the day was much of the same for the Lady Lions, as they suffered a straight sets loss to Life University to conclude Invitational play.

The Lady Lions continued to gain experience together as a team, but struggled on the attack as Life University out-hit FHU 45-22 in the match, led by Liz Mann who contributed 14 of the 42 kills for the Running Eagles.

Claire Walker and Alex Britt led the Lady Lions in the final match of the weekend, as both contributed six kills. Lindsey Gordon led FHU with 15 assists while Freshman Reilly Fulton had nine digs.

Following the Saturday sweep at the Faulkner Invite, the Lady Lions fall to 0-4 on the season.

UP NEXT: The Lady Lions are back in action for their home opener on Tuesday, August 29th, as they play host to Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College. Match time is slated for 7:00 PM at the Brewer Sports Center.