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Athletics recap

VSU athletics had its share of successes and shortcomings in the past week of both non-conference and conference play.

Blazers football kept up its undefeated run improving its record to 4-0 with a win against Southern Arkansas on Saturday night.

The offense produced 415 total yards of offense, 252 on the ground and 163 through the air.
David Bailey, running back, was a key to the Blazers success as he rushed for 146 yards including a 59-yard touchdown, the longest run of his career at VSU.

The Blazers will travel to Arkansas this weekend to face off against University of Arkansas-Monticello Saturday at 7 p.m.

VSU cross country struggled at the Florida State Invitational Friday evening with the men coming in 11th out of 17 teams and the women coming in 12th out of 17 teams.

While the overall performance for the squads was underwhelming, Jordanne Helton, senior women’s runner, was named GSC Runner of the Week after running the 5K meter race in 19:11, 47 seconds faster than her previous best for 2011. She outran the next best GSC runner by 36 seconds.

The women’s volleyball squad improved to 2-1 in conference (9-5 overall) play after two GSC road matches last weekend.

VSU travelled to Huntsville, Ala., to face University of Alabama-Huntsville on Friday. Led by senior Chelsea Logan, junior Katie Onushko, and freshman Ashley Lala, the Blazers pulled off a tight victory winning the match 3-2 (14-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18, 15-13).

The Blazers were less fortunate in their second match of the weekend against West Alabama that saw the squad lose 3-1 (30-28, 19-25, 26-24, 25-23).

The squad will continue conference play this week with a home match against North Alabama on Friday at 7 p.m. at The Complex. Saturday will see the Blazers face off against Christian Brothers at 1 p.m. in The Complex.

Blazer tennis hosted the USTA/ITA Division II South Regional Championships last weekend, and one men’s doubles team was able to win it all on Sunday.

Junior Christian Hansen and freshman Luis Loefller were matched against Amaury Van Haelen and Vlad Cirla of Lynn University in the final match of the tournament. The Blazer duo lost the first set, 6-4, only to come back and secure victory in the next two sets, 7-6 and 10-1.

Hansen and Loefller are eligible to compete in the USTA/ITA National Tournament after winning the regional tournament.

Men’s golf tied for fourth at the Jay Jennison Memorial in St. Augustine, Fla., that took place on Monday and Tuesday. Clarke Hendrick, junior, led the Blazers by shooting 72-72-75 in three rounds, finishing ninth overall.

The team will continue play on Monday when it competes in AFLA/Cougar Invitational in Columbus, Ga.

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