By Blair Hooper
MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. -- The Lady Hawks took
their second win of the season Friday night in the Milligan Madness
Invitational against invitational host, Milligan College, in three
sets, 25-12, 25-21 and 25-15.
The Lady Hawks showed up and showed out Friday evening, as Shorter took its second win of the day. Freshmen Jasmine Crook and Tori Bradley paired up to total 17 kills to lead Shorter over Milligan.
The Lady Hawks set the pace by breezing through the first set before pulling out a tight second set and cruising in the final set to a 25-15 victory.
Swapping blows in set one, the Lady Hawks jumped on the board with consecutive kills from Crook, Bradley and senior Jessica Cooper. The Lady Hawks were also the beneficiaries of several Milligan errors to win the set easily, 25-12.
Set two proved a challenge as Shorter and Milligan seemed to deadlock repeatedly, something the Lady Hawks had seen in match one of the invitational against opponent Indiana-Southeast.
However, with kills down the stretch from Cooper and Crook, the Lady Hawks proved that the combination of seasoned veterans with young talent could be a force to be reckoned with in the 2011 season as Shorter managed a 25-21 victory in set two.
In the final set of the match, the Lady Hawks lshut down Milligan with a powerful attack ignited by more strands of kills from Cooper, Crook and Leslie Welch.
Jordan Corder finished with 30 assists for Shorter while Tanequa Whitman and Loren Olive added 19 and 12 digs, respectively. Crook added 12 digs to go along with eight kills while Bradley posted a team-high nine kills in the win.
Shorter will take the court again tomorrow at 9 am to face Union (Tenn.) in the Lady Hawks' third match at the Milligan Mountain Madness Invitational. Shorter will close out the weekend at 3 pm against Freed Hardeman.