VALDOSTA -- Jon Teetzel the former college baseball pitcher knows a few things about the game. And he was able to relay some of that game's key concepts into his current sport.
The Valdosta State women's volleyball team was able to close out Georgia Southwestern State Tuesday night at The Complex, getting its first win after an 0-4 start.
VSU won, 30-19, 30-12, 30-22, before 202 in the Blazers' home opener.
"We had a good, long talk last night. The girls have to know they can win. They sure came out and proved it," said Teetzel. "One of the things we talked about was finishing, being able to close it out. Like in baseball, you have to have a good closer to finish the game."
Sarah Cargill had 10 kills vs. one attack error and added seven digs.
"We were playing together and everybody was talking and having a good time," said Cargill. "This will open our eyes."
Bentley Knox had 12 kills, Jill Berkery 11 without an error. Laura Lee Atkinson added nine kills, nine digs and three service aces. Melissa Sartor had 37 assists, while Bree Benners had 10 digs.
Another baseball adage is that batting .300 is good. That also goes for a volleyball team's attack percentage.
VSU, which hit .099 in four losses last weekend in Florida, hit .321 Tuesday. That was 52 kills vs. 16 errors in 112 attacks.
The Blazers hit .542 in the second game alone.
"We probably had twice as many errors and that killed us this past weekend," Teetzel said. "We played better tonight than the weekend, but we played well during the weekend.
Almost on cue, VSU pulled away after the 27th point of each game.
In game one, VSU had just a 16-11 lead. It scored six unanswered points to stretch the lead to 11 (22-11), then scored seven of the next 11 points to get to game point, 29-15.
Georgia Southwestern got the next four points before Bentley Knox's kill ended the game.
In game two, VSU had an 18-9 lead after 27 points. It scored five of the next six points, then finished by scoring seven of the last eight points.
In game three, VSU was up just 15-12. But it scored seven of the next eight points to go up, 22-13. It was 25-15 before the Hurricanes rallied, fending off two match points before Cargill's kill ended the night.
Sue Givan led Georgia Southwestern State with nine kills and eight digs. Christina Dolan added six kills, while Ashley Wilson had five kills and 11 digs. Tammy Manning had 21 assists.
The Hurricanes hit .000 (24 kills vs. 24 errors on 102 attacks).
VSU goes on the road this weekend, playing at a tournament hosted by Western State of Colorado. The team leaves Thursday morning and plays Friday and Saturday.
VSU's next home match is Sept. 17 vs. GSC East favorite Alabama-Huntsville.
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