HUNTSVILLE | The University of Alabama in Huntsville volleyball team hosts a pair of Gulf South Conference matchups at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall this weekend as West Georgia visits for a Friday matchup at 6 p.m. before a contest against Valdosta State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Admission for both games – and every regular season home game – is free courtesy of Alabama Credit Union. Face coverings are required at all times while inside Spragins Hall per University policy.
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The Chargers open up the homestand with an overall record of 15-7 and 7-2 after a strong showing at the 2021 Gulf South Conference-Sunshine State Conference Crossover over the weekend. UAH picked up regional wins over both Embry-Riddle and Eckerd, before falling to nationally-ranked Tampa to round out the weekend.
UAH is currently in a two-way tie for second in the GSC standings with Shorter as both teams are 7-2 in conference play to start the weekend. West Florida is currently atop the standings at 10-0 in the GSC.
The regular season conference champion will earn the right to host the entirety of the GSC tournament from Nov. 19-21.
Junior Molly Presnell continues to have success in multiple facets on the court in the 2021 campaign, as she leads the team with 195 kills while ranking second on the team with 33 service aces and 219 digs.
Fellow junior Shayla Libby has anchored the Chargers defense with a team-high 307 digs and 4.09 digs per set, ranking in the top eight in the GSC in both statistical categories.
West Georgia starts out the week with an 11-12 overall record and a 5-5 mark in GSC play, as the Wolves fell three times at the GSC-SSC Crossover last weekend to Eckerd, Palm Beach Atlantic and Tampa.
The Wolves offense is led by Emilee Harris and Tierra White with 247 kills and 220 kills, respectfully, while Sydney Blackmon leads the UWG defense with 416 digs. UAH holds a 49-16 all-time series record against West Georgia.
Valdosta State reenters GSC play with a 11-14 overall record and a 4-5 mark against conference opponents, after dropping matches against Barry, Lynn and Florida Southern at the GSC-SSC Crossover.
VSU’s offense is guided by Kylie Stroehlein’s team-high 200 kills, while the Blazers are paced defensively by Lyara Rosario’s 460 digs. UAH holds a 27-21 all-time record against Valdosta State.
Following this weekend’s matches at Spragins Hall, UAH looks ahead to its final regular season road contests next week beginning on Tuesday at Auburn Montgomery.