MacKenzie Well Has Career-High 29 Digs at Valdosta State

VALDOSTA, Ga. – The West Alabama volleyball team suffered another loss on the season after falling 3-0 (25-18, 29-27, 25-18) to Valdosta State University inside The Complex on Friday night. With the loss, UWA falls to 1-13 on the season and 1-7 in conference play, and VSU improved to 10-11 and 3-5 in the GSC.

The Tigers are back in action tomorrow to finish the Georgia road swing at West Georgia. The first serve is set for 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET inside The Coliseum, located on the University of West Georgia campus. Live stats and live stream will be available on the West Georgia athletic website.

Sophomore Madison Fisher led the way tying the match-high with 11 kills on 36 swings.  Fisher also added six digs to the defensive effort. Senior Beatriz Giordan chipped in 7 kills, and freshman Amelia Johnigan and sophomore Isabela Sarti added six each. Also with kills was Nathalia Medeiros with four.  

Sophomore Desiree Blount put up 30 assists for the fifth 30 or more assists match of her career. She also added 10 digs for a double-double.

Defensively, junior MacKenzie Wells had a career match with a match-high and career-high of 29 digs. Senior Heloisa Niespodzinski chipped in with nine, while freshman Quiara Dunson had six of her own.

SET ONE (L, 25-18)
West Alabama served to start the match and earned back-to-back points on Blazer errors. Johnigan added a third for the Tigers with a kill, assisted by Blount. Valdosta had three of its own, and play went back-and-for until the Blazers earned a 14-8 lead. UWA was able to come within four with a kill by Fisher but could not rebound back to drop the set.

SET TWO (L, 29-27)
The Tigers worked hard in the second set, battling against the Blazers to force extra points. After Valdosta served to start the frame, VSU grabbed the first point on a UWA miscue. A kill by Johnigan gave West Alabama its first point, followed by a second due to a Valdosta error. The two teams traded points until the Blazers went on a five-point scoring run to take a 10-6 lead. The Tigers soon found themselves behind 18-11, but a kills by Giordan, Medeiros, and a Blazer attack error pulled UWA to within three of the Valdosta lead, 18-15. With a score of 20-15, UWA had a scoring run of its own, adding seven consecutive points to gain a 22-20 lead. Despite the late set rally, West Alabama could not close the set and fell 29-27.

SET THREE (L, 25-18)
UWA started frame three with confidence and went point-for-point with the Blazers. VSU had a one-point lead of 8-7 and grabbed three quick points to pull ahead 11-7. The scoring exchange continued, but with a score of 17-16, the Blazers went up for six points to extend their lead to 23-16. The Tigers would grab two more points on a kill by Fisher and an attack error before the match’s conclusion, but it was not enough to take set three.


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