Lions volleyball swept by key conference opponent

by Student Writer Drew Bartlett

The UNA Volleyball team lost to 19th ranked West Florida 3-0 Saturday afternoon in Flowers Hall. This marked the 35th all-time meeting between the two programs as the Argonauts pushed their series lead to 20-15.

A win today would have ended a 14-game winning streak by West Florida and put the Lions in sole possession of first place in the conference.

Instead, UNA falls to 14-4 on the season and remains in second place in conference standings with an 8-2 conference record, holding the tiebreaker over Valdosta State.

West Florida created pressure on both sides of the ball early in the match.

“They have a lot of offensive threats, and their defense today was the best I’ve seen in a long time,” said Head Coach Stephanie Radecki.

West Florida dominated the first set and a half. The Lions showed signs of life after a time out in the middle of the second set and made a late run, only to fall short 25-19.

In the third set, UNA took its first lead of the match at 2-1. The set remained close until the Argonauts made a late run and took the final set 25-16.

Jessica Austin led the Lions with 13 kills and had a hitting percentage of .333 for the match. Andrea De Leon led the team in assists and digs with 30 and 10 respectively.

UNA looks to bounce back Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Flowers Hall against West Alabama, who is 7-10 (5-5) for the season.

The volleyball team hopes to break the attendance record of 935 fans. President Ken Kits is going to dye his mustache purple if the attendance is over 1,000 Tuesday.