UWA V’ball round-up

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 13, 2005

LIVINGSTON- The dynamic duo of Amanda Heaton and Rafaella Maranhao continue to spark the West Alabama hitting attack, recording 14 kills apiece Tuesday night, while leading the Tigers to a 3-0 victory over Spring Hill College (9-7 overall (30-28, 30-25, 30-23) at home.

The Tigers looked strong early, recording 19 kills in game one, on the strength of a .302 hitting percentage. Spring Hill bounced back in game two, jumping out to a commanding 9-4 lead before the Tigers stormed back to take the lead 14-12. The team cruised from there, finishing with 29 kills in games two and three combined.

Senior Melanie Moffett continued her stellar defensive play, recording a match-high 23 digs, while Heaton and Maranhao finished with 13 and 10 digs respectively. Morgan Graffigna dished out a match-high 42 assists, while also coming up with 11 digs. Nicki Steckel led the Tigers with four total blocks.

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Kristen Phillips and Ashleigh Posner finished with nine kills apiece to lead Spring Hill. Kelly Hargett finished with a team-best 12 digs, while Phillips and Posner added 11 and 10 digs apiece. Spring Hill finished with 16 total blocks, led by Betsy Housh’s six (one solo, five assists).

The Tigers move to 8-17 on the season and will be in action again on Friday when they travel to Lincoln Memorial for a 5:00 p.m., match.

Moffett named GSC Defensive Player of Week

LIVINGSTON- West Alabama senior libero Melanie Moffett has been named the Gulf South Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending 10/10/05. Moffett, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., recorded 47 digs (5.22 dpg) in two matches for the Tigers this past week.

She began the week with 30 digs in a 3-1 victory on the road at West Florida on Friday night, helping to lead the Tigers to their first GSC win of the season. She followed that performance up with 17 digs in a tough 3-2 setback at Valdosta State on Sunday afternoon.

In 2005, Moffett is leading the team with 547 digs, while leading the team and the Gulf South Conference in digs per game with 5.88.