Argos put out Flames in second meeting of the season
By Shaniqua Magee
The UWF volleyball team only struggled in one set, but managed to defeat the Lee Flames 3-1 in their second match of the season, previously sweeping them 3-0.
Both teams had a week of two consecutive wins from the previous week.
UWF (15-4, 7-1 GSC) is still on a roll after a great week of beating the number one team in the Gulf South, Conference (Montevallo) and Auburn-Montgomery, routing both teams 3-0.
Lee (8-11, 6-2) went 2-0 and swept Christian Brothers and Union in the first three sets.
The Argos had a rough set against Lee but overcame adversity and toughed out the win with the adjustments from head coach Melissa Wolter said.
“Their defense was insane, Wolter said. “We pulled out all different kinds of things to match what they were doing and to match this win.”
Jordyn Poppen, Makenzie Chrisman, and Nadine Williams totaled 37 kills for the Argos. Poppen led with 16.
“I think we knew that this was going to be a tough game,” Poppen said. “So it is a matter of, you know, never having any doubts and knowing that you still have to come back and win the next sets, it is really important. I think that the second that any doubt creeps in your mind that you won’t win, so it is just a matter of keeping that negativity out and so we knew it was going to be tough, so we were mentally prepared for that and we were able to pull it out.”
Poppen had the first point of the game with a kill and maintained her intensity. But Lee lit up their end of the floor and got things going which led Wolter to call timeouts.
“We actually talk as a staff before every match, you know, what if this happens? What are we going to do?” Wolter said. “So, we were prepared, and we switched our outside hitters and then we made a sub with Ashlan Riley to come in off the bench and I think those two things were clutch for us.”
With the change of game plans, Wolter and her coaching staff coached their teams to another successful victory on the season in front of the home crowd.
The Argos will face Shorter (4-4, 7-8) Saturday at 1 p.m. for the final game of their three-week homestand.