UWF volleyball overpowers Auburn-Montgomery, runs winning streak to 6
by Tyler Wood
Just two days after unseating Montevallo from the lead in the Gulf South Conference, the UWF volleyball team defeated last-place Auburn-Montgomery, winning in straight sets and extending their winning streak to six matches.
After the Argos (14-4, 7-1 GSC) simply outmatched the Warhawks (9-9, 0-6 GSC) in the first set 25-7, the second set proved to be more of a test. Trailing by as much as two points late in the second set, the Argos forced a 24-24 tie and finally put the set away with a Jordyn Poppen kill.
“[Auburn-Montgomery] adapted better to what we were doing,” UWF coach Melissa Wolter said. “The stuff that we were doing in set one, eventually a good team is going to start slowing you down and they did.”
The third set was similar to the second and the Warhawks refused to quit, jumping out to a 7-3 lead. Visibly frustrated, Wolter called a timeout to reset momentum and maintain focus, and the Argos again regained control and finished the sweep with a 25-15 win.
“Honestly I just said it’s unacceptable to let balls hit the floor,” Wolter said. “I think sometimes when you’re playing an opponent that plays a different style than you do, it can frustrate you. There were a lot of times in the second and third set where you could see we were getting real frustrated.”
Wolter also reminded the team of the young girls in attendance waiting for the post-game volleyball camp the team was hosting.
“I just reminded them you got a lot of young people in the gym watching you,” Wolter said. “You’re either going to be a great ambassador for the sport of volleyball, or you’re not. I hope you choose to be the first one.”
Across the three sets, Poppen led the Argos with 10 kills and Makila York wasn’t far behind, finishing with nine of her own. Nadine Williams recorded eight digs to go along with three service aces, leading the team in both categories.
“Every day is a different day, and you learn every time you get out on the floor,” Wolter said. “You really want to make sure you’re trying to go hard and learning every time out on the floor. We’ve got a lot of stuff we have to learn from today.”
UWF has won six in a row and 12 of the last 13 matches. The Argos now sit in a tie for first place in the GSC with Lee University (8-9, 6-1 GSC), who the Argos will face Friday at 5 p.m. in the UWF Field House. The Argos’ six-game home stand will conclude Saturday at 1 p.m. against Shorter (5-8, 2-4 GSC).
For more information and the full schedule, visit GoArgos.com