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Clearwater Christian Beats Lady Fire in Three Games

Lady Cougars Improve to 15-2 on the Season

Sophomore, Christi Limpert, led SEU with 12 kills Thursday night.Sophomore, Christi Limpert, led SEU with 12 kills Thursday night.

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LAKELAND, Fla.--Southeastern University lost their third straight match, Thursday evening, this time losing to the defending NCCAA D-II national champions, Clearwater Christian College, 3-0 (19-25, 20-25, 22-25).

Clearwater's Emma Kile led all hitters with 19 kills on the night.

Southeastern received a nice game from sophomore, Christi Limpert, who finished the match with 12 kills to go with two solo and three assisted blocks.

The Clearwater offensive attack proved to be too much for Southeastern, as the Lady Cougars finished the match with 47 kills.

In game one, CCC ripped home 18 kills while committing just four hitting errors. With the score 17-16 in favor of Clearwater, the Lady Cougars closed out the set on an 8-3 run to take command of the match early on. Kile had five kills in the set to lead the offense.

After an ace by Clearwater's Sarah Wild, the Lady Cougars built a 16-10 advantage in game two. Southeastern then started a comeback, as Tara McSherley scored five straight service points, with the help of two kills by freshman Catherine Coston, to make the score 21-19 in favor of Clearwater. But, the rally would come up short as Clearwater would outscore SEU, 4-1, from that point on.

The final set saw Southeastern build an 11-6 advantage, before the Lady Cougars would storm back. With Southeastern leading 13-9, Clearwater would grab the next five points to take the lead, 14-13. After a kill by Southeastern's Karina Mambuca to tie the score at 14-14, Clearwater would then rally off eight straight points to build a 22-14 advantage. But, Southeastern would show plenty of heart, and battle back behind the effort of Limpert. Limpert hammered home two kills and added a solo block and two assisted blocks to cut Clearwater's lead to just one point at 23-22. But, after an attack error by Southeastern, Clearwater's Amanda Ison finished the game with a kill to give Clearwater the overall match.

Clearwater's Sarah Wild finished with 30 assists, seven kills, and five digs. Kimberly Ponce and Richelle Bucklin led the defense with 14 and 10 kills respectively.

McSherley led Southeastern with 29 assists while freshman Katie Trenski led the defense with 12 digs.

Southeastern (4-6, 2-1) will travel to South Florida this weekend for two important conference matches. On Friday, SEU will matchup with Ave Maria University, in Naples, at 7:00 p.m. Northwood University will host Southeastern on Saturday, in West Palm Beach. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.

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