Lady Blazers volleyball began in-Conference matches this past weekend. VSU traveled to Pensacola, Fla. for their Friday match against West Florida, only to immediately turn around for a Saturday contest against West Alabama in Livingston, Ala. The road trip consisted of over 800 miles of travel.
West Florida came out strong against VSU, sweeping the match in an easy three sets to secure their second Conference win of the season.
The Lady Blazers kept it close in the second set though and it was a duel to the final point. VSU was able to match every score that WFU put up. It was basically the first to 25 and the Argos took it in a 25-23 final tally.
VSU was exhausted after going toe-to-toe and coming up short in the previous round. West Florida rolled 25-11 to secure the match win.
The final scores were 25-18, 25-23, and 25-11.
Surprisingly enough however, the Lady Blazers bounced back the very next day with a win over West Alabama, lifting a massive weight off their shoulders. Coming home 0-2 after a long road trip in Conference play would not have been ideal.
Valdosta State swept the Tigers of West Alabama with the final scores being 27-25, 25-17, and 25-20.
Although they went undefeated in sets, WAU gave VSU a run for their money, especially in the first. The inaugural round went into an overtime of extra points, however Valdosta was able to quickly settle in and shut the door against the Conference opponent.
Katie Oshunko was the most efficient Lady Blazer on the day, putting up an outstanding .429 attacking percentage. Irene Hannan led the team in kills with 17.
The defense defeated West Alabama with VSU posting 49 digs and seven blocks to West Alabama’s three.
The matches last weekend brought Valdosta State to an 8-5 overall record; they are 1-1 in the Gulf South Conference.
The Lady Blazers will continue conference play this week, with matches on the road against Albany State and rival West Georgia before playing at Fort Valley, who hails from the Southern Intercollegiate Conference.
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