By James Vallone
ROME -- The Shorter Lady Hawks saved their best effort for when it was needed; they hit a game high .357 in the fifth set to beat Lee at home, 3-2.
Along the way a bit of history was made as Jordan Corder surpassed the career mark for assists, breaking the mark set by Kristy Walker (2005-08).
When the match started Corder was 13 shy of setting herself atop the record book. She cleared that hurdle in the first set on the way to 55 assists in the game. The record now stands at 3,993 for a career.
"I could not have done it without my teammates. I never worried about the record," said Corder. "I was always more focused on getting wins for the team."
This marks the third time in school history that the Lady Hawks (15-5) beat Lee. Shorter's last win over the Flames (19-7) had been on November 10, 2007 in the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament final -- Lee had won 11 straight in the series entering Thursday's night's match.
Lee came into the match ranked No. 5 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
"I am so happy for our seniors and our whole team," said head coach Jon Moseley. "Lee has one of the top volleyball programs in the country – one that we respect very much – but we had come so close so many times in the last five years only to see Lee pull out the wins. I've probably never had a team that wanted a win more than we wanted this one, and our amazing crowd only made it more intense.
"I am very proud of the heart we showed tonight."
"We have been waiting for four years," said Corder about the home victory, "and the hard work has paid off with nights like tonight."
Leslie Welch continued her high level of play; she was able to tally 13 kills while hitting .318.
Next up for the Lady Hawks is a trip to Carrollton for a Gulf South Conference matchup versus the West Georgia Wolves on October 23 at 7 pm. They will return home to the Winthrop-King Centre on November 8 for a 7 pm match against Union.