Donnie Smith, Director of Athletic Communications
BABSON PARK, Fla. — The Southeastern University volleyball team was excited to get back on the court and get their first win of the season.
It showed Wednesday night as the Fire came away with a 3-1 victory at rival Webber International to improve to 1-1 on the season and in Sun Conference play.
“The energy was what got everyone excited and couldn’t have done without it,” said senior Emily Boehlein.
That energy, along with a strong showing from the All-Conference right side hitter was enough to power the Fire to a 25-21 win in the first set and a 25-23 win in the second. During the first, the Fire hit .212 as a team and held the Warriors to nine kills and forced 10 attacking errors. Nine of Boehlein’s match-high 13 kills came in the first two sets.
She finished with a .290 attacking percentage, and added a match-high 21 digs, four assists, three total blocks, and two aces.
Southeastern struggled in the third, racking up 11 attacking errors in a 25-21 loss to send the match to a fourth set.
Early on in the third, SEU trailed 9-4 before taking a timeout to regroup. A 5-1 run later in the set saw the Fire tie things up at 15. Webber International won the next rally, but the Fire took five of the next seven to go up 20-18. A pair of service errors by the Warriors allowed the guests to close out the match with a 25-22 win.
“I love that the girls came out and celebrated each other and was a big win for us, and the way we came back in the fourth set was a huge win mentally,” said assistant coach Christine Hagemeister.
In the back row, Fabianne Besosa and Lindsey Davis each had 10 digs, with Besosa adding a pair of aces.
Maggie Seagren led the way with 24 assists in her first start at setter. She also added five kills, two blocks, and eight digs.
“Her confidence and calmness helped the others,” said Hagemeister. “She showed incredible leadership, and I think it helped her set better.”
The Fire will welcome St. Thomas to The Furnace on Saturday at 2 p.m. for their home opener