VSU women’s volleyball dominated Albany State on the Golden Rams home court Tuesday night, providing a much needed recovery from a tough weekend resulting in two conference losses for the Blazers.
The Blazers faced off against conference foes, the North Alabama Lions, Friday night. The Blazers lost a sloppy first set 21-25. VSU followed with a relatively easy second set 25-22.
The third set was an extremely tight contest in which UNA kept the Blazers in for much of the set with bad serve after bad serve. With the Blazers about to take the set, UNA tied the game at 24 with a big block and ended up winning the set 26-24.
VSU got on a quick roll to take the 4th set, which was punctuated by a huge kill by Katie Onushko. The resilient Blazers were finally beaten in the 5th set 15-10.
The Blazers were given a chance to get right back on track the following night against another conference opponent, Christian Brothers. VSU took an exceptionally competitive 1st set 30-28. The squad looked a little sluggish in the 2nd and 3rd set in which they were beat 25-21 and 25-19 respectively.
Just as it looked as if the Blazers may be making a run to tie up the sets at two apiece; Christian Brothers went on a run to take the set, and eventually the match out of reach with a final count of 25-16.
On Tuesday the Blazers travelled to Albany, Georgia to take on the Golden Rams in an attempt to rebound from the two tough weekend losses. VSU did not disappoint in this one as the crushed Albany State in 3 straight sets (25-12, 25-19, and 25-18).
The Blazers used a balanced attack with four players tallying seven or more kills, led by Katie Onushko’s eleven coupled with four blocks. Tania Tauiliili followed close behind with nine kills of her own.
The Blazers are now 10-7 (2-3 in conference play).
VSU has two more tough games on the schedule this week as they host New Orleans Friday in the P.E. Complex at 7 p.m. and the West Florida Argonauts Saturday at 2 p.m.
West Florida represents a huge challenge for VSU as the Argonauts are currently undefeated in the Gulf South Conference and on a seven game win streak.