GAME NOTES: No. 23 UWF faces three GSC teams on the road
West Florida starts second half of 2012 GSC schedule
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Three straight road matches opens the second half of the No. 23 West Florida volleyball team’s Gulf South Conference schedule beginning this weekend in Carrollton, Ga. The Argonauts start the series of rematches with West Georgia Friday at 6 p.m., followed by Shorter Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Rome, Ga., and Alabama-Huntsville Sunday at 1 p.m. in Huntsville, Ala.
2012 UWF Volleyball Game Notes:
10/11 Matches 18-20: West Georgia, Shorter and Alabama-Hunstville
10/2 Matches 16-17: Valdosta State and Mobile
9/26 Match 15: West Alabama
9/19 Matches 12-14: Christian Brothers, Union and North Alabama
9/13 Matches 9-11: West Georgia, Shorter and Alabama-Huntsville
9/6 @ Colorado Premier Challenge
8/30 Hemingway's Island Grill Invitational
Five Weeks Ranked
Back-to-back 3-1 wins over Valdosta State and Mobile last week kept the Argonauts in the top 25 of Monday’s AVCA Division II Coaches Poll for the fifth consecutive week. They stayed No. 23 in the nation for the second week straight and remain the only Gulf South Conference member to appear in the poll this season.
Freshman Maddy Lenzini made the first start of her collegiate career last Thursday at home against Valdosta State, and it was a strong performance which showed the promise of the young Argonaut. Lenzini had a UWF second-best 10 kills and only four errors, hitting .261 percent while contributing two blocks. She also started against Mobile, where she had four kills in two sets.
Scott at the Net
Sarah Scott has proved her prowess at the net as a defender multiple times this season, and after a strong weekend of blocking moved to 59th in the NCAA in blocks per set (1.05) while ranking first in the GSC. She had seven blocks against Valdosta State, two solo, and followed up with six at Mobile. She nearly set a school record in September against West Texas A&M when she had 13 blocks, just one shy of tying the all-time mark.
Argonauts Statistically in the GSC
Six different Argonauts are ranked in the top-10 of at least one category in the GSC, highlighted by Sarah Scott, who ranks first in blocks per set (1.05) and sixth in hitting percentage (.275). Others include Autumn Duyn who is fourth in digs per set (3.57) and Sierra Hansen who is fifth in assists per set (7.00).
Facing West Georgia
Friday’s match at West Georgia kicks off a weekend of rematches as the Argonauts start the second half of the GSC schedule, this time traveling to the Wolves who are 9-8, 4-4 GSC. UWF swept West Georgia on Sep. 14 and holds a 16-1 record all-time against the Wolves who are 2-0 at home in 2012.
Despite sweeping Shorter 3-0 at home Sep. 15, the match was no breeze for UWF, who will be challenged as it travels to the Lady Hawks’ undefeated territory. Shorter is 13-2 on the season and 6-2 in GSC play, with their only two losses coming on the road at UWF and North Alabama.
The Argonauts cap off the weekend against the Chargers Sunday, who are 9-11 overall and have lost just one match at home this season. Alabama-Huntsville is riding a four match losing streak and holds a 3-5 conference record. UWF took down the Chargers 3-0 on Sep. 16.
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