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October 15, 2012

VSU volleyball team beats Shorter

ROME, Ga. — Valdosta State’s volleyball team concluded its three-game road trip with a four-set victory over Shorter on Sunday.

The Blazers won the match 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 25-22. They improved to 13-7 on the season and 6-5 in the Gulf South Conference. The loss dropped Shorter to 13-5 overall and 6-4 in GSC action.

The Blazers played scrappy in a tough match, and finished the match with a .124 attacking percentage.

Tania Tauiliili finished with a team-high 12 kills and a .207 attacking percentage. Nikki McDaniel also reached double figure kills with 10. Ashley Lala had 42 assists in the match. Chelsea Luttfring had a match-high 31 digs. McDaniel and Krista Bradford added 10 digs each.

Shorter had three players reach double figures in kills, but its attack wasn’t nearly as efficient as VSU’s. Shorter finished with a .066 attacking percentage, with nine players hitting .000 or lower. Of the four sets, Shorter’s team attacking percentage was negative in two of them, thanks in large part to Luttfring’s 31 digs.

The Blazers had 13 more digs than Shorter, while both teams finished with eight blocks. Tauiliili led VSU’s efforts at the net with five blocks, four of which were solo.

Valdosta State will return to action Thursday, Friday and Saturday the Gulf South/Sunshine State Conference Crossover Tournament in Tampa, Fla.

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