Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer
The No. 20 Valdosta State Blazers softball team is more than halfway through the regular season and it is ready to take it up a notch.
Through 24 games this season, the Blazers have tallied up a 17-6-1 record.
The Blazers weren’t able to carry the momentum into their singles matches, however, losing four of the six matches. Despite some of the singles struggles, the two victories by Rivas and junior player Gereon Heitmann lifted the men to an overall victory on the day.
The Blazers went on to lose 3-6 against Saint Leo University before a convincing 7-2 win over Florida Tech at the VSU tennis courts. The men would go on to play the then number one ranked Barry University, and were able to keep up with the Bucs in the singles matches with victories from Heitmann, freshman Jordi Mas and sophomore Xavier Pineda. Despite the tie in singles, the Blazers fell in two of the three doubles matches to lose closely to Barry.
VSU have bounced back after the road loss having won their last two matchups, including a dominating 8-1 victory at Rollins University. Their latest matches took place February 26 against No. 6 ranked Lynn University, and with it came an upset victory for VSU.
The Blazers got off to a bad start by losing two of the three doubles matches against the Flames. VSU would rally though with four singles victories from sophomore Leo Blay, Mas, Pineda, and a commanding 6-0, 6-2 win from senior Niklas Herbring.
With momentum in their favor, the Blazers will now face a conference opponent in the Shorter Hawks this Saturday.