Eleventh-ranked volleyball to host Argo Bash tournament this weekend
By Shaniqua Magee
The University of West Florida’s volleyball team, riding a wave of momentum of early-season success, is set to host three opponents in the Argo Bash tournament in the UWF Field House on Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8.
The Argos brought home three wins and one loss from the Colorado Premiere Challenge in Denver, Colorado against some of the best competition in the nation. The Argos lost their first match 2-3 to No. 3 ranked Lewis University, but then won three straight against No. 14 Central Missouri, MSU Denver, and Angelo State.
Even after a successful weekend, there is work that needs to be done.
“We are just working on making corrections in areas of our game that were exposed in Colorado,” head coach Melissa Wolter said. “We are still plugging different players into our lineup and we want to have lots of options going into the weekend.”
In this week’s tournament, the Argos will face their first conference opponent Lee University (1-6).
“This weekend is our last chance to prepare for the start of the conference season, and we will even get to play a conference opponent,” Wolter said. “We are looking to continue to improve our strengths and downplay our weaknesses.”
Last year the Argonauts held a season record of 30-7 and a conference record of 16-0, beating Lee University twice last year.
“We want to be a team that continues to earn the next level of our own game,” Wolter said.
The other opponents the Argos will face in this weekend’s tournament is Spring Hill (3-1), and Harding (4-4).
Assistant coach and former player Katy Kuhlmeier said she is excited about the Argo Bash.
“Motivation for this weekend’s tournament includes winning on our home court in front of our fans, along with making a statement no matter who we are playing.” Kuhlmeier said.
UWF’s volleyball team is expected to have another successful year on the court and with former rival North Alabama no longer in the conference, the Argos have the potential to go undefeated in conference play for the second straight year.
“My coaching philosophy is to be diligent in teaching our athletes to take pride in every part of their game and their lives,” Wolter said. “We believe that when they focus on doing the little things right, the wins will come.”