HANCEVILLE, ALA. – No. 18 Wallace State volleyball cruised past Southern Union in the Lions' home and conference opener at Tom Drake Coliseum on Tuesday night, prevailing 25-15, 25-22, 25-4.
Cidavia Hall, a freshman middle hitter from Dothan, paced Wallace State with 12 kills and four blocks, Alexandra Gamble had 18 assists and Sarah Ellen Battles collected a team-high 15 digs against the Bison.
Wallace State (10-3) continued its impressive work during the young season, winning its fifth match in a row. The Lions returned to Hanceville late Sunday night after a season-opening Midwest road swing sent them to Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio, where they won nine of 12 matches. Wallace State continued the momentum Tuesday with the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) victory.
"It was a great trip for us in a lot of ways. I thought the team played well against some really good competition. We faced a lot of athletic teams who controlled the ball well. We held our own the entire way, and I was happy about that. We are developing nicely as a team," said Wallace State coach Randy Daniel, who has led his team to five straight ACCC/Region 22 titles. "Cidavia Hall was great today (Tuesday) and Sidney Cooper helped us a lot in that last set. There's a lot of depth and versatility on this team. It helped us on the trip, it helped us in this conference opener and it should help us all season. We have a lot of potential."
Cooper, a freshman from Walker, had a five consecutive aces in Tuesday's final set and added five digs overall for Wallace State. Syretha Pride finished with six kills and four digs, Melissa-Paul Hill had seven assists, Bethany Johnson and Savanna Tidwell each had five kills and Montana Clark added six digs and three kills.
Wallace State continues conference play Wednesday, traveling to Lawson State.
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Pictured: Alexandra Gamble, left, and Syretha Pride attempt to block a volley against Southern Union in their match Tuesday at Tom Drake Coliseum.