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Ashley Hawkins
Ashley Hawkins had 10 kills and 12 digs for the Bears.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Downs Coker

Ashley Hawkins served up a program-record nine aces as Lenoir-Rhyne shook off a slow start to hand Coker a 3-1 loss on Wednesday night. Exactly 15 years to the date that Catherine Fulton had eight aces in a four-set match against Lincoln Memorial, Hawkins etched her own name in the record book.

LR started sluggish and dropped the opening set 25-20 before storming back to earn wins by scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-11 to claim the win. Colette Romp and Emmaleigh Allen ead had 13 kills on the night for the Bears with Romp hitting .333 and Allen adding 12 digs. Hawkins added 15 digs to go with nine kills and nine service aces on the evening.

Emma Clark had eight kills and added three total blocks. Mackenzie Hulsey had 41 assists and 14 digs and Bailey Carpenter had 17 digs.

The Cobras were led by a strong effort from Chelsey Blume who had 15 kills and hit .367.

Thanks in part to Hawkins efforts, the Bears also tied the record for most service aces as a team in a four-set match with 15. The previous mark was set against Carson-Newman in 2006. The overall record for service aces in a game is 22 coming in a 3-set win over West Liberty State in 2006.

Hulsey’s 41 assists are tied for the sixth-most over the past four years for LR. The Bears have swept the season series from Coker and have now won nine straight against Coker.

The Bears improve to 6-1 at home and earn their 10th SAC win of the season. Lenoir-Rhyne is 14-7 overall, 10-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will return home to host first-place Wingate on Saturday at 7 p.m.