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Argos Pack it Pink, shut out conference opponents at home

By Danielle Lockamy

Feeling the pressure from the first set, Shorter responded in the second set with intensity.

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.

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Volleyball breaks even at South Region Crossover

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.

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Player Profile: Autumn Duyn

By Scott Pauley

Outside Hitter Autumn Duyn

Outside Hitter Autumn Duyn

Autumn Duyn entered the 2013 season as the reigning Gulf South Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, and halfway through this season, she’s looking like a strong contender to earn that honor a second time.

Duyn has tallied 208 kills, 234 digs and 21 service aces so far this season, putting her on target to tie or surpass all of her statistical achievements from last year, and has already been named the conference player of the week twice.

“I think she’s playing better all the time,” UWF Head Coach Melissa Wolter said of Duyn. “I think she’s matured a ton this year. The last two years she has started almost every game for us.”

That maturation led to Duyn being named a team captain this year in addition to her being a floor captain the last two years. Duyn says that honor puts her in a position where she has to continue to become a more vocal leader on and off the court.

“I always have to be consistent and confident on the court now to help the team,” Duyn said. “People are expecting me to do bigger things now.”

Duyn figures to be a top nominee for the GSC Player of the Year award if she can continue to succeed on both the offensive and defensive side of the game, a task she seems to be able to handle given her success in both categories for the last two seasons.

“Her volleyball IQ is off the charts,” Wolter said. “She reads things and sees things before they happen, and that makes her really hard to play against.”

Duyn continuously strives to become a better player and help her team win more games.

She says she wants to play a little smarter and focus on understanding when she might not be in the best position to make a play and instead just try to keep the play going, rather than being overly aggressive and forcing it.

Amid her early success at UWF, Duyn has remained humble and attributes her success this season to her coach. Wolter has helped Duyn avoid some of the costly hitting errors she was committing in the beginning of the season.

Wolter said Duyn is the kind of player you want to win those awards, lauding her humility and her drive to continue to push for success.

“It’s not about those awards,” Wolter said. “She’d give them all up if it meant a chance for us to reach the elite eight. That’s just the type of person she is.”

Even more impressive is the fact that Duyn is just a junior, leaving the door open for another season of her impressive success and the potential for three straight awards if she does win this year.

Wolter said she advises the team to “let the awards fall where they may and just go out and win.” That advice may very well prove to be crucial for Duyn as her personal success may hinge on the success of the team this year as they try to recapture the magic that lead to last year’s successful season.

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Volleyball cruises to victory over West Alabama

By Scott Pauley

Head coach Melissa Wolter

Head coach Melissa Wolter

The No. 19 UWF Volleyball team cruised to another victory Thursday against the University of West Alabama in straight sets 25-14, 25-19, 25-15.

The homecoming game drew a good crowd as the Argos were cheered on by not just students and fans, but a small pep band that kept the building excited in between sets.

“I think it’s exciting,” coach Melissa Wolter said. “We have the pep band in here, and we have a good crowd tonight and a lot of people excited to support us.”

This was the last homecoming game for the teams’ seniors this year, made even more emotional by the injury suffered by senior Jenny Bellairs during Tuesday’s game that kept her on the bench watching her team get a win for her last homecoming experience.

“Although we miss her on the court, we’ll be glad to have her back when she gets better,” senior Lindsay Homme said of Bellairs.

The experience was a good one for the team’s senior players, as the team won the match easily. Junior Autumn Duyn tied a career-best 21 kills on the night.

Senior Sierra Hansen said the game and the atmosphere were an emotional experience as her career at UWF is winding down, but the fan turnout made this game fun and left her speechless.

The win is the sixth in a row for the Argos, losing only one set in that span. They continue their run this weekend at the UWF South Region Crossover in the Field House.

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Volleyball sweeps foes during weekend roadtrip

Friday, Oct. 4 at North Alabama

Staff Reports

Argos celebrate their victory over Huntsville.

Argos celebrate their victory over Huntsville.

FLORENCE, Ala. – The No. 20-ranked West Florida Volleyball team defeated Gulf South Conference opponent North Alabama 3-0 (25-20,29-27,25-20) Friday night on the road. West Florida improves to 10-4 overall and 5-1 in the GSC with the win.

The Argonauts looked very strong offensively on the night highlighted by a .310 team attacking percentage in the first set. Junior Autumn Duyn had 11 kills and tallied four blocks while senior Jenny Bellairs tallied 10 kills at a .529 clip. Sophomore Maddy Lenzini had nine kills with a career-high .438 hitting percentage.

West Florida recorded nine blocks as a team and held UNA to a .204 hitting percentage on the night, including a .108 hitting percentage in the third set.

Senior Lindsay Homme totaled five kills in the match, and moved up to third place all-time for kills at UWF with 1,017.

For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 5 at Ala.-Huntsville

Staff Reports

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The No. 20-ranked West Florida Volleyball team swept Alabama-Huntsville 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-15) on the road Saturday afternoon. The win was West Florida’s fifth in a row, all against conference opponents. The Argos improve to 11-4 overall and 6-1 in the Gulf South Conference with the victory.

Three Argos tallied double-digit kills, led by reigning GSC Offensive Player of the Week Autumn Duyn’s 12 kills at a .522 clip. Jenny Bellairs had 10 kills, including six in the third set.

The West Florida defense was able to hold UAH to a .105 hitting percentage and compiled 8.5 team blocks in the conference match.

The Argos will begin a three game homestand against Montevallo on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., followed by games against conference opponents West Alabama and Valdosta State.

For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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Argos dominate weekend against conference opponents

 

Agros women's volleyball cheers a victory in conference dominance.

Agros women’s volleyball cheers a victory in conference dominance.

By Brian Achatz

The University of West Florida volleyball team did not lose one set last weekend in two home conference matches. The Argos swept Christian Brothers University 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-13) Friday and beat Union University 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-12) Saturday.

The Argos looked dominant in their match Friday against Christian Brothers, holding the lead the entire first and third sets. The Argos have outscored opponents 557-510 in the first and third sets this season.

The Argos have been less aggressive the second sets this season, only edging out opponents 266-265. The Buccaneers were tied with the Argos at one point in the second set of Friday’s match.

“We needed this one tonight,” Head Coach Melissa Wolter said. “Christian Brothers is a very good team, they ended our season last year so there was a little added ammunition coming into tonight.”

UWF showed stifling defense with six total blocks in the match and over 80 percent side out success in the final two sets.

“We were handling their serves very well and scoring at the percentages we wanted to,” Wolter said.

The Argos increased their current winning streak to three games Saturday with a win against Union. The Bulldogs fought through nine lead changes during the match, but were unable to win a set.

Outside Hitter Autumn Duyn

Outside Hitter Autumn Duyn

“We’re playing well, but we have so much more potential,” Outside Hitter Autumn Duyn said. “Every game we are trying to take a step toward that potential.”

The Argos held the Bulldogs to a .032 attacking percentage while generating 26 more kills than Union.

Duyn, the reigning Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, combined for 25 kills in the matches last weekend.

“If we can improve our serving, that will really help us finish games,” Duyn said.

Duyn was helped on the offensive side by middle hitter Sarah Scott, who contributed 13 kills over the weekend. Scott added three solo blocks during the two matches. Setter Sierra Hansen found her teammates for 34 total assists. Duyn and Tori Martella led the Argos with 22 digs each over the weekend.

“Me and my assistant coaches are committed to getting the players the reps that they need and to make sure that they feel valued, and I think everybody does,” Wolter said.

The Argos will look to continue their winning streak at the University of North Alabama Oct. 4. The Argos have not won four consecutive games since winning nine in a row last season.

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Let’s play! Intramural sports churns up excitment

Antonio Jones

Staff Writer

Volleyball kicks off the new season of intramural sports at UWF.

Volleyball kicks off the new season of intramural sports at UWF.

The intramural sports season at the University of West Florida started last week with volleyball, bringing fraternities, sororities, clubs, friends and fans together for some competition and fun.

Through Oct. 4, three league divisions; women, men and co-rec, will play different teams from their divisions. The winners of each division will win the newest intramural sports T-shirts and bragging rights.

“I think it is awesome to win it and get your picture taken, plus it is a lot of fun,” said Mallory Beck, a senior physical education major.

Beck also encourages students to come out and play if they want to have a lot of fun, stay involved, and meet new people.

Fraternities, such as Phi Sigma Sigma and Alpha Chi Omega, will play using members as teammates. Other participating teams include Spike ‘Em, Chubby Sumos, Catholic Argos, Psychonots, The Elite, That’s What She Set and many others. Some even had custom jerseys to represent themselves.

The intramural sports season has been held every year since 1975 and is for those who are not able to play college level sports, those who play college level sports and those who would like to try something new.

“It is an opportunity to include all skill levels,” said Dianne Abel, the graduate assistant for intramural sports. “We don’t discriminate about how good or how bad someone is. We just provided a competitive opportunity for them to play.”

Intramural sports have four leagues: volleyball and flag football in the fall, and basketball and soccer in the spring. Abel said each time slot and all divisions for volleyball reached maximum participation.

“We are actually starting a golf league in the spring, so everybody should be on the lookout for that,” Abel said.

Abel also said they do play-by-date tournaments, where participants set up their own dates to play against their competitors for racquetball, tennis and handball.

Amanda Bolden, a junior social work major, said she would love to see dodgeball added to intramural sports, and Angie Accorti, a sophomore in social sciences, said she heard people talking about softball, too.

If you wish to participate you can sign up or start up a team at www.imleagues.com and if you wish to learn more about intramural sports at UWF go to http://uwf.edu/recreation/IntramuralSports/index.cfm.

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Volleyball starts strong in opening weekend

Autumn Duyn records a kill as the UWF Argonauts beat Northern Michigan in five sets.

Autumn Duyn records a kill as the UWF Argonauts beat Northern Michigan in five sets.

By Scott Pauley

The UWF volleyball team has started its season strong at 3-1 after its opening weekend tournament ended Sept. 7.

UWF suffered its loss at the hands of the No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs on Friday in three sets 25-23, 25-12, 25-17.

“That was a growing game for us,” UWF coach Melissa Wolter said. “They’re more physical, they’re more balanced; I think they’re just a step ahead of us.”

The Argonauts were successful in their three other games, beating Missouri S&T in four sets on Friday, and beating No. 18 Wheeling Jesuit and unranked Northern Michigan both in five sets on Saturday.

One of the adjustments that Wolter made during the tournament was moving the 2011 Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, senior Lindsay Homme, from the middle hitter position to the weakside hitter spot.

“Since we have Sarah Scott and Jenny Bellairs playing good at the middle, we’ve chosen to have a third offensive threat out on the floor, and that’s Lindsay,” Wolter said.

The rotation provided the team with a little more offense as Sarah Scott tallied 21 kills in Saturday’s games, allowing UWF to increase their total kills from 75 on Friday to 119 on Saturday.

Homme transitioned well into her new position as she totaled 39 kills on the weekend. Homme and junior outside hitter Autumn Duyn were both named to the all-tournament team.

Another bright spot for the Argos was the play of freshman outside hitter Holly Matmuller, who finished Saturday’s games with 18 kills and 22 digs.

“I think she killed it; she did so awesome,” Duyn said of Matmuller. “She’s just been waiting for her chance to come in, and she took it and she ran with it.”

The Argos played a few freshmen this weekend, trying to iron out the positional battles and settle into a good rotation for the upcoming season.

“I feel like we learned a lot,” Duyn said. “I think we can build on the relationship with the team. It felt like we really just got a good lineup out there and played really well together as a team.”

This new Argo rotation will have a tough road ahead, as they travel to Denver this weekend for the Colorado Premier, an invitational tournament that will match them against more tough opponents.

“No rest for us. We’ll play two more top 25 teams on Friday, and then we will see who we play Saturday,” Wolter said.

The difficult start to the season might mean a few more hiccups, but Homme is optimistic.

“This team has a lot of potential,” Homme said. “We’re just going to get better and better as the season goes on.”

The Argos moved up two spots to No. 17 in the nation following the weekend tournament.

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Volleyball aims for a strong return

By Brian Achatz

“Our returning players make a very strong core of this team. This is one of the most talented teams I have ever played on.” – Lindsay Homme Senior middle hitter

The end of the season was bitter for last year’s University of West Florida volleyball team.

After losing to Christian Brothers in the regional tournament, the Argonauts returned to UWF for the national tournament and proceeded to watch Tampa play Concordia-St. Paul for the national title. UWF was the only team to beat both Tampa and Concordia during the regular season.

Of the 19 members of the 2013 UWF team, 11 remember that bitter feeling and are working to avoid a repeat.

The Argos have two former Gulf South Conference players of the year returning to the team in junior Autumn Duyn and senior Lindsay Homme. Duyn, the recipient of the 2012 GSC Player of the Year Award, led the Argos with 351 total kills and 3.6 digs per set last season. Homme totaled 297 kills, was third on the team in blocks per game with .64 per set and is one of five seniors on the team this year.

“Our returning players make a very strong core of this team,” Homme said. “This is one of the most talented teams I have ever played on.”

The Argos roster is full of healthy competition for playing time with seven freshmen and one transfer student looking to establish their roles on the team. Junior Shelby Smith, a transfer from Hillsborough Community College, was third in total points (357.5) for Hillsborough last season.

“All of them can contribute majorly,” Homme said. “I think there is a spot for each of them on the court.”

Senior Abby Timmer is listed as right-side hitter and middle blocker for the upcoming season but said she has played every position in her time at UWF. Timmer also acknowledges that this is the deepest team she has been a part of at UWF.

“Coach (Wolter) did that for a reason. She wanted to bring in a big class of freshmen so they could learn and understand how we run things in this program,” Timmer said.

Four-time GSC Coach of the Year Melissa Wolter is entering her 10th season at UWF with an overall record of 214-80 since arriving in 2003. Wolter is primarily responsible for the rise of UWF volleyball.

“It’s easy to respect a coach who you know is right,” Timmer said. “She really focuses on mental toughness and making us a good person inside and out.”

The Argonauts open the season at home Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. against Missouri University of Science and Technology at the UWF Opening Weekend Tournament. The Argos have five regular-season opponents ranked in the NCAA preseason top 25, including No. 4 Minnesota Duluth.

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Volleyball team ends season at Regionals

The University of West Florida volleyball team ended their 2011 campaign with a 3-2 (19-25, 25-18,18-25, 25-17, 15-13) loss to Florida Southern in the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament.

The Argonauts wrapped up the year with a 25-9 record and a fourth straight Gulf South Conference Championship.

With the score tied at two sets a piece, UWF fell behind 3-1 to start off set number five. The Argos managed to tie things up at nine on a Florida Southern error and held a brief lead at 11-10. The Moccasins then scored four straight before ending the match, 15-13.

The Argos started off well in the opening set, scoring five straight on a pair of Lindsay Homme kills. A Florida Southern error extended the lead to 10-3 with Jenny Bellairs putting the Argos in solid control with a kill to make it 18-11.

A close set two went to the Mocs after a
13-13 tie was broken by a West Florida attack error. Back-to-back Haley Shackelford kills put the Argos within four late, but Florida Southern went on a three point run to end the set, 25-18.

The Argos took set three after a seven point run put UWF up 12-5. Duyn then kicked off another Argo run before a Florida Southern service error gave the Argos a 2-1 set advantage with a 25-18 set three win.

In set four, the Argos fell behind by seven points early on and couldn’t regain momentum. Leah Buchanan helped cut the lead down to two but not before a Moc kill ended things, 25-17.

On Nov. 19, it was announced that Homme was named to the All-Tournament team.

Homme, Duyn, and Stoecklein were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All South Region Team.

Homme was the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year and Darktonics All-South Region Second Team member after leading the team in kills and finishing second in blocks.

Duyn was named the GSC Tournament’s most outstanding player and an All-GSC selection for the regular season after finishing second on the team in kills and digs.

Stoecklein was also named to the All-GSC First Team after finishing as one of the top liberos in the conference.

Florida Southern went on to lose to top seeded Tampa University 3-0 on Nov. 18.

Tampa defeated Eckerd 3-0 on Nov. 19 and will play  Bridge in the national quarterfinals on Dec. 1.

From staff reports

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