Huntsville, AL - Valdosta State blocked its way past Alabama-Huntsville Friday night to move to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the Gulf South Conference.
After VSU fell in the first set, the Blazers turned it on to come back from a 21-16 deficit to win 27-25 in the second set. Irene Hannan and Ruthie King hit consecutive kills to make it a three-point game. King, Tania Tauiliili, Katie Onushko teamed up to attack the Chargers from there.
The trio tallied four points down the stretch. With an ace from Chelsea Luttfring and UAH errors, the Blazers pulled out the win. Then Valdosta State finished strong with 25-21 and 25-20 wins to claim the match, 3-1.
King and Hannan both notched double-doubles to lead VSU. Hannan led in kills with 11 while King tallied 10. King led the team in digs with 16 while Hannan put up 15. Luttfring chipped in 11 from the libero position.
The Blazers’ two-headed attack at setter continues to do well with Emelia Saulter and Hope Ripsam combining for 35 assists and 13 digs (19 and seven for Saulter).
But it was Valdosta State’s work at the net that helped the team put away the Chargers. Arielle Parnell led the charge with two solo blocks and four assists to help VSU notch 10 blocks on the night. Alabama-Huntsville only finished with five.
In addition to contributing on the block with two assists, Tauiliili, was remarkably efficient on the night. She finished with seven kills and no errors on 15 attacks for a .467 attacking percentage from the middle blocker position. King hit .320.
Stacey Sargent led UAH with 15 kills while Allison Cousings put up 14. Kelly Wilson dished out 50 assists, and Kaeli McCaghren had 17 digs.