By Scott Pauley
The UWF Volleyball team finished a tough weekend with a win against Florida Southern on Saturday to end the South Region Crossover Tournament at 2-2, after losing two games and junior Autumn Duyn to an ankle injury on Friday.
The tournament started out well with UWF winning in straight sets against Eckerd. The Argos continued to roll with the momentum of a six-game winning streak they carried into the tournament.
UWF was led by a trio of hitters in Sarah Scott, Duyn and Lindsay Homme who all tallied 13 kills against Eckerd to lead an impressive offensive performance in the match. Duyn, Kate Keegan and Colleen Stars all had double-digit digs in the match and led the Argos defensively.
Disaster struck Friday when Duyn rolled her ankle badly in the second set against Barry.The Argos dropped three straight sets to lose 1-3. The rotation had to adjust to playing without Duyn for the first time in two years.
“It definitely sucked seeing her go down. She’s one of our best players,” Scott said of Duyn’s injury. “We have 19 players on our team for a reason, and we recruited them to do their job so that’s what we have to do moving forward.”
Friday evening saw No. 3 Tampa come into a raucous Field House as the Argos were able to channel the energy of a good crowd and win a tight first game 25-21. UWF gave up too many errors in the following sets to overcome a very talented Tampa team and lost 1-3.
Both Bellairs and Scott said that the ability to sustain the energy that drove them to win game one against Tampa and improve their defensive play, would be a key to success moving forward as the team attempts to win in Duyn’s absence.
Saturday’s victory came on the back of Maddy Lenzini, as she was able to find her groove and lead the Argos with 16 kills to mark her new career best. UWF had strong team defense in the team’s defensive performance that saw six Argonauts tally 10 or more digs and really stood as a quality answer to Friday’s defensive struggles.
The Argos need to prepare their new rotation as they may be without Duyn for a couple of crucial conference matchups this weekend. Conference rival Shorter comes to town on Friday, and Lee will face the Argos for their annual “Pack it Pink” match in support of breast cancer awareness on Saturday.