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This past weekend the Valdosta State Lady Blazers volleyball team had the opportunity to play where they’ve only played once this season -- at home at the VSU Complex.

Volleyball aims for tournament

 This past weekend the Valdosta State Lady Blazers volleyball team had the opportunity to play where they’ve only played once this season — at home at the VSU Complex.

 The four matches, two of which the Lady Blazers recorded as wins, marked the first home matches since the Lady Blazers won a thrilling five-set match over Armstrong Atlantic on Sept. 14.

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  In their opening match of the weekend, which was part of the Wingate by Wyndham Crossover Classic, VSU swept the West Georgia Lady Wolves 3-0 (27-25, 25-15, 25-12). After several hours of rest, VSU returned to the court, where in front of a nice home crowd they fell in five-sets to Rollins College (26-24, 19-25, 25-22, 25-27, 13-15).

 “It was a conference match and I was real happy about that,” Poyer said. “West Georgia is kind of struggling but it is a conference win for us. That gets us closer to our goal of securing a spot in the conference tournament.”

 On day two of the tournament, the ladies opened up with a 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 25-16, 25-20) victory over Nova Southeastern before being swept by Eckerd (25-23, 25-22, 25-23), who arrived over an hour late due to a flat tired on the interstate.

 “It was a little disappointing losing to Eckerd,” Poyer said.

The ladies followed the tournament up with a few days of rest before taking on Augusta State on Tuesday night in Augusta, Ga. The rest proved to be what VSU needed as they secured a 3-1 victory (20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-11).
 
Despite the 2-2 record over the weekend in the Crossover Classic, Poyer is confident his team will rebound when they resume conference play on Friday and Saturday night against

GSC perennial powerhouse West Florida and conference opponent West Alabama, who VSU swept earlier this season in Livingstone, Ala.

 “Our goal is to get to the tournament,” Poyer said. “And to win this weekend would put us closer to our goal of hosting and that is what we want, to play the conference tournament at your own home. West Florida is good. They had a big weekend this past weekend against the Sunshine Conference.”

 Following this weekend’s matches, the Lady Blazers will hit the road just one more time when they visit Saint Leo on Nov. 5.

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