By James Vallone
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- In the first semi-final match of the day the Lady Hawks defeated the No. 1 Fresno Pacific, 3-2. The victory sends Shorter to the championship match this afternoon versus the winner of the McMurry University / Campbellsville University match up. The championship will be played at 3 pm.
Shorter (28-6) saved their best set performance of the day for the deciding fifth set, when the Lady Hawks outhit Fresno Pacific .57 to .158. The Lady Hawks took the match 25-23, 12-25, 25-20, 25-10, and 15-10; despite being outhit for the match .174 to .080.
Jasmine Crook tied her season high with 22 kills, while also adding 18 digs and four blocks.
Tanequa Whitman led the team with 23 digs.
Jordan Corder had 15 digs and 39 assists.
The fifth set had Fresno Pacific leading 9-8 before Shorter would go on a 7-1 run to take the match. The final run was aided by two Olive aces, a block from Crook and Graham, and the match ended with a Crook kill.
McMurray defeated Shorter in the first match of the tournament, 3-1. McMurray was able to take the top spot in Pool B be virtue of a tie-breaker with Shorter as both teams finished with identical 3-1 records, with McMurray suffering their lone defeat versus Trinity Christian.
Campbellsville advanced as the second qualifier from Pool A, behind Fresno Pacific. Campbellsville was the fourth seed in the tournament and finished pool play with a 2-2 record and advanced via a one set playoff over Southern Wesleyan, 25-14.