Youthful UWF volleyball squad serves notice in debut

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click here Staff Writer sports_jdustin_wk2_8The first-set fury unleashed by the University of West Florida volleyball team did not extend into the decisive fifth set against 2014 NCAA finalist Southwest Minnesota State University, Friday at the Hampton Inn-Vitational.

clomid drug price The host Argonauts lost 3-2 in their second game of the tournament, following their 3-0 sweep – and 2015 debut – of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, earlier in the day.

 “I think we had a really good game plan, and our girls executed it really well out of the gate,” said Melissa Wolte, UWF head coach. “There were a lot of ebbs and flows to the match.’

The ebb and flow of sets two and three were bookended by an 8-0 stretch by UWF to begin the match, and a 4-0 SMSU streak to begin the decisive fifth set.

“In the fifth set we could have started off a little stronger, and I think it would have gone a little differently,” Autumn Duyn, Argo captain and senior outside hitter, said.

If the tightly contested match with the nation’s third-ranked team is an indicator, the two-senior-young Argos may reach the NCAA tournament for the 10th consecutive year.

“They’re just more experienced then we are,” Wolters said. “In those long matches like that experience is going to pay off.

“But definitely, we can play,” she said.

The momentum of the 25-19 first-set victory carried into the second set, which the Argos opened with a 4-1 lead. UWF maintained that three-point margin and led 9-6, at which point the SMSU Mustangs went on a 12-point run. The Mustangs tied the match at 2-2, following its 25-16 second-set victory.

The third set was the tightest of the day. It ended 25-22 in favor of UWF. The set’s longest streak of consecutive points was the three UWF secured to close. The fourth set was back-and-forth, as well, and ended 25-22 Mustangs, to tie the match at 2-2.

UWF closed within two of the Mustangs in the fifth set, following their initial four-point slide, but eventually lost the set 15-10 and the match 3-2.

“I think this will be a poignant moment in these players’ careers, specifically for this season,” Wolter said. “We weren’t going to give up anything without a fight. We just have to learn how to come out stronger in that fifth set.”

The Argos’ roster is heavy with underclassmen; it features five freshmen and four sophomores. The team returns 2014 Gulf Coast Conference second-team selectionsCora Bidlack , a junior, and sophomore Katy Kuhlmeier.

UWF will travel to Denver source site here  to compete in the Colorado Premier Challenge where they will open against Missouri University of Science and Technology, on Sept. 11. The Argos will get another early-season test, in their second game of the tournament, when they meet Ferris State University. FSU is ranked 18th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll.