Blazers Take Bite Out of Tigers

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LIVINGSTON, Ala. – Katie Onushko and Tania Tauiliili carried the Blazers to a 3-1 victory (19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-21) over West Alabama to improve to 10-5 and 4-3 in the Gulf South Conference. With the loss, West Alabama drops to 9-8 and 2-6.

Onushko put up 19 kills on the Tigers with a .333 attacking percentage while Tauiliili continued the onslaught with 14 kills on a .360 percentage. Nikki McDaniel joined the action for 12 more kills.

Meanwhile, Ashley Lala gave out 37 assists in the match playing the role of lone setter. She doubled up with 13 digs while Chelsea Luttfring led the team with 15.

Valdosta State was also tough at the net, tallying 11 blocks to just two for West Alabama. Tauiliili was there for three solo blocks and two assists while Destiny Berry was in on four assists with two solos. Valdosta State notched six blocks in the final frame to secure the victory.

The Blazers fell behind early in the first set and could not get over the hump, but bounced back in the second to hold off the Tigers, 25-23. Valdosta State was strongest in the last three sets, hitting .317 in the second set, .258 in the fourth and an eye-popping .483 with just one error in the third set.

Four Tigers reached double-digit kills, led by Chanel Davis. Chelsea Payne gave out 52 assists and Cynthia Smith had 14 digs.

Valdosta State will look to continue its winning ways at 6 p.m. Monday at Albany State.

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