The Lady Blazers volleyball team had an eventful weekend at the Complex, including hosting both parents and senior night on Friday and Saturday and having the first Lady Blazer of the season to win Player of the Week.
Some families don’t have the luxury of seeing their children play live, so this weekend proved to be high in importance.
“It was a very emotional night,” Sia Poyer, Head Coach, said. “In the beginning, everyone was really happy and excited. However, once the match got started, it was like any other game.”
Friday night was a Gulf South Conference showdown between VSU and Alabama-Huntsville. The two squads met on Oct. 8 and the result was a 3-1 victory in favor of the Lady Blazers.
The results were almost identical this time around.
The first three sets were all close, as neither team won by more than five points. However, coming down to the end, VSU dominantly closed out the match by winning 25-12. This match gave the Lady Blazers their seventh conference win of the season.
Saturday included a highly anticipated rematch against North Alabama. These two teams played in a shootout back on Oct. 9 in which VSU earned their first victory at UNA in school history.
This time around it was close, but the small mistakes ended up killing the Lady Blazers in the end. The Lions took the victory in four sets, winning 25-13, 19-25, 25-22 and 25-20.
Although VSU came up short, they played very well, especially on the defensive side. Chelsea Luttfring came out strong, posting 23 digs and had support from both Irene Hannan and
Ruthie King, who had 18 and 14, respectively. The eleven total blocks on the day were not outstanding, but they did beat their season average of seven.
“Minus the first set, I thought we played really well,” Poyer said. “We had our chances throughout, but we just couldn’t put the ball away. Every time we gained momentum, they seemed to kill it quickly. I don’t think it’s so much that they outplayed us, but that we had too many little errors on our part.”
For her efforts, Tania Tauiliili earned the Gulf South Conference Player of the Week, the first Lady Blazer of the season to do so.
“She’s not just a great kid, but she’s so hard-working,” Poyer said. “She’s only going to keep getting better. You don’t see a lot of middle blockers at that height, so it’s really impressive for her to win that honor.”
With a 20-9 record (7-3 in the Gulf South), the Lady Blazers head in to this weekend for the final two matches of the regular season against Saint Leo and Fort Valley, before getting set for the Conference tournament.