Blazers Burn the Wolves

By: VSU Sports Communicaitons
By: VSU Sports Communicaitons

Carrollton, GA - Senior captain Ruthie King led Valdosta State to a 3-1 victory over conference foe West Georgia (25-21, 21-25, 27-25, 25-21) Friday night. The Blazers hit a .306 percentage as a team in the fourth set to close out the Wolves and move to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in the Gulf South Conference.

King finished with 15 kills to lead all players and 16 digs, second on the team. Irene Hannan threw down 13 kills while Katie Onushko added 11.

Emelia Saulter played a balanced game with 28 assists on offense and 13 digs on defense. Hope Ripsam contributed 23 assists as well.

Chelsea Luttfring continues to keep the ball up, leading all players in digs with 21 Friday.

Tania Tauiliili made it tough on the UWG hitters all night. She tallied six block assists to help VSU put up eight blocks on the night.

West Georgia was able to test VSU, garnering a win in the second set and pushing the Blazers to extra points in the third.

Valdosta State was able to show some resiliency in the third set. After falling down, 12-6, VSU stormed back to tie it at 19-19. Both teams exchanged leads to a 24-24 tie, when Onushko grabbed the momentum for VSU with a kill off an assist from Ripsam. Two points later, Hannan sealed the win with a kill.

The Blazers rode the momentum through the fourth set to a 25-21 win to cap the night off.

Emeily Reul led West Georgia with 14 kills, but no other Wolf tallied double digit kills. Reagin Boggs had 21 assists while Cassady Cook dished out 15. Melissa Holt led the team in digs with 20 while Reul tallied 12 and Cook got under 10 balls.

Valdosta State is next in action at Fort Valley State at 7 p.m. Monday and will return home to The Complex October 15 against West Georgia.


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