By James Vallone
ROME – On Senior Night at the Winthrop-King Centre, several familiar faces led the charge to send the senior class out as winners, taking the 3-1 victory over Gulf South Conference foe Christian Brothers University.
The regular season is now complete, and the Lady Hawks (22-5, 12-4 GSC) will look to continue play as they progress to the NCCAA post-season, starting this coming weekend.
Shorter stormed out to take the first two sets, with CBU (18-10,11-4 GSC) claiming the third. The fourth set was still up for grabs with the score tied at 20, when the Lady Hawks would take five of the next six points to win the set 25-21, and win the match. The win gave the Lady Hawks the season sweep of the Lady Bucs with Shorter winning in Memphis on September 29, 3-2.
Jasmine Crook had a match high with 12 kills on the evening, tied with Alexis Gillis from CBU.
Kelsey Kirk added 10 kills, while hitting a match high .667, which sets a new career high for the junior from Dalton.
"This was a great win against a fine team," commented coach Jon Moseley. "Our players knew that a win would give us second place in the GSC in our first year, so that was a little extra motivation. Kelsey Kirk was unbelievable tonight. She is so close to our seniors that she was determined not to let them go out without this win."
Tanequa Whitman counted for 17 digs and one service ace, while Loren Olive had three service aces and six digs. Whitman leads the team with 35 aces on the season while Olive has the career mark at 185.
Jordan Corder added 43 more assists to her school record over a career, now giving her 4,281 for her career.
"It will be difficult for any future class to surpass what this group has accomplished," added Moseley when reflecting on the senior class. "It is a very talented class, but what sets them apart is their ability to focus and compete at a high level match after match and point after point. I am extremely proud of their character on and off the court. God blessed us with them for four years, and we will miss them. However, they have left an indelible mark on this program, which will allow future teams to build on their foundation."
The NCCAA South Region Tournament is scheduled to start next week, with seeds and game times still yet to be announced.