By Danielle Lockamy
The University of West Florida volleyball team gained a victory at home 3-1 on Friday, Oct. 25 to Gulf South Conference opponent Shorter.
The Argonauts started off strong with a 25-16 win in the first set. Throughout the night, sophomore outside hitter Maddy Lenzini led the team with 13 kills and three blocks. Seniors Lindsay Homme and Jenny Bellairs each had 10 kills with Bellairs adding six blocks. Senior Sierra Hansen provided 29 assists in the win and freshman libero Tori Martella led the Argonauts with 24 digs.
Feeling the pressure from the first set, Shorter responded in the second set with intensity. The Argos could not gain a lead larger than four points. With the score at 11-7, Shorter called a timeout to readjust. The Hawks came back and gained their first lead of the night 12-13. Bellairs would eventually record the winning point and the Argos defeated Shorter in the second set 26-24.
Shorter quickly pulled ahead 4-2 in the third set. UWF struggled to find a way to stop Shorter’s offense, as they took a five point advantage at 10-5. The Argos continued to put up a fight, but the Hawks came out on top and took the third set 25-23.
The Argonauts picked up a lead at 10-5 in the fourth set and continued to run with it. The Hawks could not keep up, however, and the Argos won the fourth set 25-19.
“Anytime you can get a conference win it’s a good thing,” Head Coach Melissa Wolter said. “Shorter is a tough team and has prepared us to move on.”
On Saturday, the team hosted the seventh annual Pack It Pink match against Lee.
Lenzini led the Argos offensively, tallying nine kills. Sarah Scott, Corisha Smith, Homme and Bellairs each had seven.
The Argos won the first set with a score of 25-23, but struggled in the second set. UWF made a comeback to take the second set by a score of 27-25. Homme and Lenzini came through with a block that finalized the set.
The third set was a constant rally between the two teams. The Argos and Flames were tied a total of 12 times. Homme and senior Abby Timmer recorded timely blocks to win the match in the third set by a score of 25-23.
“This day is really important to us because of Coach Wolter, who went through her own battle with cancer,” Hansen said. “We were all emotionally invested in this match.”
The Argos play conference opponents Christian Brothers and Union on the road on Nov. 1 and 2.