The Valdosta Daily Times
Valdosta State’s volleyball team lost a five-set match to West Georgia on Saturday.
VSU had a rocky start against West Georgia, dropping the first two sets, but rebounded to win the next two in convincing fashion. However, the Wolves outlasted the Blazers 19-17 in the fifth set to win the match (25-23, 25-22, 18-25, 16-25, 19-17).
West Georgia improved to 10-9 overall and 5-5 in the Gulf South Conference. Valdosta State dropped to 12-7 and 5-5 in the GSC.
A bright spot for Valdosta State was senior outside hitter Katie Onushko, standing out for the second consecutive match. She had 25 kills and a .375 attacking percentage and added 18 digs and five blocks.
In the middle, Onushko’s senior counterpart, Tania Tauiliili, also put together a strong performance. She had 19 kills on an outstanding .436 attacking percentage while tallying six blocks along with Destiny Berry.
Also playing well for VSU was sophomore setter Ashley Lala. She gave out 61 assists with 16 digs. Freshman Nikki McDaniel added 14 kills and a team-high 23 digs to make it three double-doubles for the Blazers.
West Georgia’s Emily Reul and Amanda Miles had 20 and 19 kills, respectively. Lesley Bemis and Helen Menchinger combined for 21 kills. Setter Amanda Miller gave out 59 assists with 10 digs, while libero Melissa Holt tallied a match-high 30 digs.
West Georgia drew first blood with a 25-23 win in the first set. The Wolves registered 19 kills on a .350 team attacking percentage, a match high for UWG. The Wolves earned a 25-22 win in the second set, but the Blazers bounced back in the third and fourth sets.
Valdosta State hit .372 in the third set with a match-high 20 kills to win 25-18.
The Blazers put on an even more dominating performance in the fourth set with 16 kills on a .414 attacking percentage to win 25-16.
The Blazers, however, could not keep it up as the percentage plummeted to .207 with 10 kills and four errors in the fifth set. West Georgia hit 12 kills with five errors to win the final set in extra points, 19-17.
Valdosta State will complete a three-match road trip with a 3 p.m. match against Shorter on Sunday.