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SEU Shocks Webber With Comeback Victory

Lady Fire Comes From Two Games Down to Win Match Versus Polk Rival

Mallorie Parsons and Karina Mambuca combine to block an attack for a point in Tuesday nightMallorie Parsons and Karina Mambuca combine to block an attack for a point in Tuesday night's match versus Webber International.

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LAKELAND, Fla.--The Lady Fire volleyball team won a dramatic match versus Polk County rivals, Webber International, Tuesday night, coming all the way back from a 0-2 deficit to win, 3-2. 

The Lady Warriors jumped out early, grabbing game one 25-22, as they banged home 16 kills in the set.

Webber's good hitting fortune's continued in game two. WIU finished with 14 kills in the set, while forcing eight attack errors on Southeastern helped them win, 25-20, to take a commanding two game advantage.

Christine Dell came off the bench for Southeastern in game three, and ignited the comeback. At one point, Dell picked up three straight kills for SEU, who battled back to win game three, 25-22. Southeastern had 12 team kills and just three attack errors while Catherine Coston and Dell both finished with four kills apiece in the set.  

In game four, Southeastern built a 17-11 lead after Dell ripped home a kill on an assist from Tara McSherley.

But, Webber (0-1) would rally and outscore Southeastern 11-5 from that point to tie the score,  22-22.

Another kill by Dell gave Southeastern a chance to win the set at 25-24, but Webber's Taylor Eiken blasted a kill home to tie the score at 25-25. Next, an attack error by Southeastern gave the Lady Warriors a 26-25 lead, serving with a chance to win the match. But, Webber's Ashley Wolfe returned the favor to Southeastern with an attack error of her own and tied the score, 26-26. The Lady Fire defense then pulled together and forced Webber into back-to-back attack errors as SEU captured game four, 28-26.

In the decisive final set, Southeastern grabbed the first four points before Webber rallied and scored five straight points to make the score 5-4. Trailing, 10-9, Laura Ackart picked up two aces, and a kill by Karina Mambuca helped Southeastern create a 12-10 advantage. After a kill by Webber's Shauna Brown made the score, 12-11, an attack error by Webber gave Southeastern a narrow 13-11 lead. Webber answered when Eiken came up with a big kill to make the score, 13-12. Then, the play of the match took place in Southeastern's favor. With Webber's Danielle Lemoine serving, Lemoine ripped a serve over the net, and SEU's Ackart played it over off the serve where the ball found no Webber defenders guarding the floor for an easy point, giving Southeastern a 14-12 lead. On the next play, Coston ripped home the game winning kill from McSherley as Southeastern won the set, 15-12, and the match overall. The Southeastern bench erupted in celebration along with the many faithful Fire fans who stuck around despite the Lady Fire's early wows.

Coston led SEU with 15 kills, Mambuca added nine kills and 19 digs.

Christi Limpert had her strongest game of the season, finishing with 11 kills and five assisted blocks.

Defensively, Ruthie Glover and Katie Trenski, chipped in with 15 and 13 digs respectively. McSherley ended her night with 35 assists while Dell finished with seven kills and two blocks.

Webber's Julianne Dougherty led all hitters with 19 kills, and Eiken had a strong night with 17 kills.

Southeastern (3-3) will host Florida Memorial University, Friday evening, for their season conference opener. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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