VALDOSTA -- Fourth-ranked North Alabama entered the weekend having lost only two matches on the season.
That didn't change Saturday as the Lady Lions swept Valdosta State aside 30-22, 30-19, 30-22 in a Gulf South Conference volleyball matchup at The Complex.
UNA's huge lineup posed a multitude of matchup problems for Valdosta State, as the Lady Lions used their height advantage to control the tempo of the match.
The Lady Lions hit for a .402 percentage on the day as a team -- compared to VSU's .141 -- Nesrin Seckin had 25 kills and a .564 hitting percentage to lead UNA.
Despite the lopsided outcome, head coach Jon Teetzel thought the Lady Blazers (11-16, 3-8) gave a game effort against a veteran squad.
"I feel that we played one of the best matches of the year in all aspects," Teetzel said. "Unfortunately, it was against the fourth ranked team in the country. It's a loss, but when you play as well as you can, you can't really be upset."
Rachel Hoodzow led VSU with 10 kills and hit .350 on the day. Madalyn Loehr added seven winners, and Kristin Tinsley paced the Blazers' defense with eight digs.
Valdosta State held leads in all three games, but could not find a consistent answer to North Alabama's attack, as the Lady Lions either laced shots down the lines or simply hit over the Blazers' block.
After two quick North Alabama wins in the first two games, Valdosta State finally found a groove in the third game, taking a 7-4 lead on a Sarah Floyd ace. The Lady Lions (22-2, 10-1) scored 10 unanswered points for a 14-7 advantage.
The Lady Blazers managed one final rally with a six-point run and pulled within a point at 19-18, forcing the Lions to call time out. Seckin took over from there, scoring six of the final ten points for a 30-23 UNA win.
The Lady Blazers get a week off before taking to the road for a pair of GSC matches against West Georgia and Montevallo. Teetzel hopes his squad can turn Saturday's lessons into late-season wins.
"Hopefully, we'll use how we played today -- which was very good -- and take it into this upcoming weekend and hopefully come out with a positive," he said.
VSU doubles squad in ITA "Super Bowl" finals.
PLANO, Texas -- Valdosta State's doubles team of Marco Borges and Tobias Huning moved a step closer to winning the ITA "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis with an 8-6 win over Eric Butorac and Kevin Whipple of Division III Gustavus Adolphus.
The pair will face either a team from either Oklahoma City or Georgia Perimeter in today's final.
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