Valdosta Daily Times

Top Sports News

September 15, 2013

VSU volleyball recovers from first day to finish Aiken Invitational 2-2.

VALDOSTA — The Blazers winning streak was snapped Friday at the USC Aiken Invitational as they fell in two consecutive matches to Lander and Palm Beach Atlantic.

The Blazers opened up action with a 25-23 win in the first set, but fell in the final three sets 25-16, 25-20, and 25-19 to lose the match 3-1.

Facing Lander in the first match of the day, Valdosta State was unable to capitalize on the strong play of Jessica Codato, who distributed 24 assists in the match while also striking for eight kills in 14 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage.

Offensively for Lander, a majority of the damage came from Hannah

Dederick, who connected for 16 kills and hit .538 with only two errors in 26 attempts.

Lander setter Jessica Register led in the assist column in the match with 38.

In the second match of the afternoon, Valdosta State squared off against Palm Beach Atlantic and were unable to break through as the Sailfish defeated VSU 3-0 with a narrow 26-24 victory in the first set, followed by 25-21 and 25-18 wins to close out the match.

Junior Blazer Jenna Kirkwood pounded out nine kills for Valdosta State, and the VSU

defense combined for 11 blocks in the match, but Faith Rohn and Stephany Brown combined for 25 kills in the match to lead Palm Beach Atlantic to their fifth season win, and a 5-1 record overall.

With the loss, the Blazers moved to 4-2 on the season.

After falling twice on the opening day of the USC Aiken Invitational, the Valdosta State Blazer volleyball team bounced back today with a doubleheader sweep over

Limestone and USC Aiken on Saturday with

3-0 and 3-2 wins, respectively.

The Blazers improve their record to 7-2 overall on the season, and will begin preparations to open up conference play against Alabama-Huntsville at The Complex on Friday.

Against Limestone in the first match, Valdosta State surged early on offense with six straight points early in the first set to take a 7-1 lead. The Blazers never let up, finishing off the opening frame 25-9.

After a 1-1 score to start out the second set, Limestone took and held the lead until the Blazers tied the set back up at 11-11.

 A four point run by the Saints gave them a 15-11 advantage before the Blazers strung together four of their own to knot things back up at 15-15.

Three points later, VSU took a 17-16 lead and held the advantage until Limestone delivered three straight, which resulted in the sixth tie of the set at 21-21.

Codato helped close out the frame for Valdosta State after picking apart the Saints service defense with two aces to push the Blazers to a 25-22 victory.

Valdosta State led throughout the duration of the final set to finish off the Saints 25-19 and pick up the win.

Kelsey Hedman, who has seen limited playing time early on this season due to a minor injury, made her presence known in the match with a .529 hitting percentage.

The sophomore slugged out ten kills in 17 attempts, while also pitching in on defense with a blocking assist on one of the Blazers' two blocks in the match.

Balancing things out on the attack for Valdosta State was Kirkwood with a team leading 11 kills, along with Lelalelei Nomura, who connected for 9 kills, and Codato and Ashley Lala with five kills each.

The Blazers combined for a .312 hitting percentage as a team, while also teaming up for 45 digs and 40 assists in the contest.

The second match proved to be a thrilling back and forth affair against the hosting Pacers, with USC Aiken taking the first set 25-22.

The Blazers responded with a convincing 25-17 victory in the second set, before falling 25-17 in the third. Facing a 2-1 set deficit, the Blazers turned the tables yet again and took the fourth frame 25-17.

In the deciding set, Valdosta State trailed most of the way until a late surge to tie the contest up 12-12.

A service error gave the Pacers a 13-12 edge, but Berry drilled a set from Codato past the USC Aiken defense to bring the score back to 13-13. Following a Pacer kill by Leah Rodgers, the Blazers faced match point and a 14-13 deficit.

An attack error by Taylor Stratton kept the Blazers alive, and Krista Bradford delivered a clutch service ace to put VSU in front 15-14. Kirkwood and Berry teamed up for a block to finish off USC Aiken and claim the 3-2 victory.

The Blazers offense showed balance against the Pacers, with three different players connecting for 12 or more kills.

Leading the charge for Valdosta State was Nomura with 16 kills. The sophomore also contributed five blocks for Valdosta State, and the red and black came together for 20 total blocks in the match.

Codato topped the dig column with 23, while also swinging for 12 kills and dishing out 38 assists.

Valdosta State will take a 7-2 record into Gulf South Conference play next weekend at The Complex, with a jam packed weekend featuring two conference rivals.

 Action kicks off on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. against Alabama-Huntsville, followed by Saturday's match vs. North Alabama at 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate.

Fans can also catch live stats and a webcast for both matches at www.vstateblazers.com.

1
Text Only
Top Sports News
  • MLS.jpg Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

    Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture — an MLS team for Atlanta.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blazer barrage downs No. 23 Georgia College

    Valdosta State unleashed a season-high 19 hits and tied a season-best in runs as the Blazers defeated No. 23 Georgia College 15-8 in non-conference baseball action at John Kurtz Field Wednesday evening.

    April 17, 2014

  • 2014 Jump.jpg Showtime in the Down Under

    Just a junior in high school, Valwood’s Chandler Cargile has already seen things that most people don’t get to experience in a lifetime. Cargile recently returned to Lake Park from Mulwala, Australia, where he competed in the Barefoot Water Ski World Championships. The competition hosted participants from 15 countries and lasted for two weeks last month.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Valdosta State tennis gears up for GSC Tournament

    The Valdosta State men's and women's tennis teams are set to compete against the rest of the league in the Gulf South Conference Tournament, scheduled to be played this week in Montgomery, Ala. for the seventh straight season.

    April 17, 2014

  • VSU scrimmage6.jpg Valdosta State’s offense comes alive, narrowly defeating the ‘Black Swarm’ 59-55

    Worried more about helping Valdosta State win than impressing in his quarterback battle, Kaleb Nobles got the opportunity to do both at the end of the Blazers' spring game Saturday.

    April 13, 2014 4 Photos

  • Baseball drops a pair at West Georgia

    West Georgia got a walk-off 6-5 victory in the first game before using a late-inning rally to win game two 8-4 as the Wolves swept a Gulf South Conference baseball doubleheader from Valdosta State at Cole Field Saturday.

    April 12, 2014

  • Men's tennis clips the Shorter Hawks, 6-1

    The Valdosta State Blazers took care of business against the Shorter Hawks with a short 6-1 win in Gulf South Conference men's tennis action on Saturday morning at The Blazer Tennis Courts.

    April 12, 2014

  • Calhoun throws no-hitter to cap off sweep of UWG

    The Valdosta State Blazer softball team put together a strong effort in a Gulf South Conference doubleheader in Carrollton on Saturday to defeat the West Georgia Wolves 7-3 and 5-0.

    April 12, 2014

  • Women's tennis topples nationally ranked Shorter, 6-0

    In a battle of two of the nation's top 25 teams on Saturday, the No. 15 Valdosta State women's tennis team walked away with a dominant 6-0 win over No. 22 Shorter in Gulf South Conference action at the Blazer Tennis Courts.

    April 12, 2014

  • Kaleb2.jpg Replacing Cochran

    More than 5,100 yards, 46 touchdowns, and a 60 percent completion rating during the span of 30 games in three years; Valdosta State has some big shoes to fill at the most important position heading into the 2014-15 season.

    April 9, 2014 2 Photos

Top News
Poll

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results