DENVER, Colo. – West Florida on Friday jumped off to a 2-0 start at the Colorado Premier Challenge as the Argonauts upset top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul and followed up with a vcitory against No. 17 Lewis.
A sizeable loss in the first set to the No. 1 team did not phase the Argonauts, who won three consecutive frames to upset Concordia-St. Paul 3-1. Lindsay Homme led the offense with 13 kills at a .500 rate while Sarah Scott had 12 kills with a .550 clip. Sierra Hansen had 29 assists and three Argonauts each contributed six digs.
UWF fell back four points early in the first set and was unable to regroup against the Golden Bears’ offense, which hit .577 on the way to a 25-14 win. After making a few adjustments to the offense at the start of the second set, the Argonauts jumped out to a 10-3 advantage with a .385 clip.
The Argonauts seized the lead again in the third set and only gave it back once at the 21-21 mark despite seven ties. A 4-1 run, which included a kill by Haley Shackelford and a Colleen Starrs service ace, shut down Concordia-St. Paul 25-22.
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The Golden Bears quickly built a 10-5 lead in the third set, which West Florida was forced to slowly chip away. Shackelford caught fire and smashed four consecutive kills sparked by a service ace from Autumn Duyn, the fuel for a 15-6 spree that put UWF ahead 20-16. Multiple attack errors sealed Concordia-St. Paul’s fate as UWF only allowed two more points in the 25-18 victory to earn the upset.
The offense was strong from start to finish in their second match of the day as four Argonauts hit double-digits in kills. Shackelford and Duyn both had double-doubles, 13 kills and 11 digs and 10 kills and 15 digs, respectively. Homme led all players with 21 kills and Hansen provided 44 assists while Starrs had 17 digs.
Five ties and four lead changes occurred during the first half of the first frame, with the last coming during a five point spree that put West Florida firmly in control for the remainder of the set. The Argonauts claimed the set on a final three point run that included two kills by Shackelford, the final 25-19.
Later in the day, UWF defeated No. 17 Lewis.
Despite the Argonauts not allowing the Flyers to grab more than a three point advantage the entire game, they came back to even the match up after taking the second set 25-21. In the next frame, UWF dominated offensively by hitting a match-high .400 clip to Lewis’ .176 to take the set 25-15.
A back-and-forth start in the final set gave way to West Florida after a service ace and three kills by Scott, Shackelford and Homme. The Argonauts did not allow the Flyers to score more than two points back-to-back, and a final timeout at set point only stalled the match for one more point before a kill by Duyn gave UWF its second upset over a nationally ranked team in one day.