This story was written by Neil Frawley.
The Valdosta State volleyball team has just four more home games left to complete the season with an undefeated home record.
After going 1-3 in the South Region Crossover— a tournament VSU played in Lakeland, Florida—the Blazers bounced back to defeat No. 22 West Florida 3-1 Tuesday night.
With the win against UWF, VSU in now tied for second place in the Gulf South Conference standings with the Argonauts, and are two games behind first-place Shorter.
After playing UWF, SU and Tampa, No. 1 in the nation, VSU’s schedule clears up for the last leg of the season.
But tests do still remain. VSU must put its undefeated home record on the line against University of North Alabama next Friday. UNA is No. 4 in the conference beat VSU 3-1 on Sept. 26 in Alabama.
VSU also plays West Alabama and University and Alabama Huntsville University who both beat VSU 3-2.
The volleyball team also had a rare achievement this past week as two of its players were chosen for GSC players of the week. Senior Jenna Kirkwood won offensive player of the week, while senior Ashley Lala won defensive player of the week.
Lala recorded a career high 25 digs against Rollins College and Eckerd College.
Kirkwood had 68 kills last week, 23 against EC, which tied her career high. She was also rewarded by being voted to the all-tournament team.
The volleyball team will be on the road this week to play Union University and then Christian Brothers University on Friday and Saturday.