Argos Clip North Alabama to Take Fourth Straight GSC Title

first_img Share The 2011 GSC volleyball champions pose with their trophy, the fourth straight for UWF (Photo by Chris Nelson). Argos Clip North Alabama to Take Fourth Straight GSC Titlecenter_img   PENSACOLA, Fla. – Gulf South Conference Player of the Year Lindsay Homme was the driving force for the Argonauts as the University of West Florida volleyball team took down rival North Alabama, 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-23) for their fourth straight conference championship.Homme (Willowbrook, Ill.) put up a 22-kill performance, tying her career high, while hitting .419 for the match and earning a spot on the All-Tournament team. Freshman Autumn Duyn (Venice, Fla.) was named Tournament MVP after totaling 27 kills and 26 digs during the Argos two wins. Jenny Bellairs (Osage, Iowa) was the third UWF player earning All-Tournament honors after gaining 17 kills and seven blocks in two matches.The win was the third this season for West Florida (25-8) over rival North Alabama (24-9) with all three going four sets.The Lions caught the Argos off guard in the opening set, going up on West Florida 7-1 after Homme took the first point of the set. UWF then ate away at the North Alabama lead with a Duyn kill kicking off the rally. The Argos jumped within three at 12-9 on a Haley Shackelford (Colorado Springs, Colo.) kill and managed to catch the Lions at 16 on a Cara Gregg (Knoxville, Tenn.) attack error. UNA regained a three point lead late in the set and ended things on a Gregg kill at 25-23.UWF jumped ahead 3-1 in set number two before the Lions knotted it up early at three a piece. The Argos again went up three at 13-10 with a Homme service ace before going on run to put the score at 16-11. Back-to-back kills by Bellairs extended the lead with a pair of Lion errors giving the Argos a 25-16 set win.Duyn again put the Argos out to an early lead in the third set with a kill followed by a Hope Rayburn (Springville, Ala.) ball handling error. Two more UNA attack errors gave the Argos a 12-8 lead with a three point UWF run making it 19-12. Homme then went on to end the set with a kill followed by an ace at 25-17.The decisive fourth set started off with UNA going up three at 6-3 on an Argo attack error. West Florida then tied it up at six with kills by Leah Buchanan (Winter Park, Fla.) and Bellairs. After going down by two once again, the Argos went off on a six point run that was capped off with two Anna Stoecklein (St. Charles, Mo.) aces to make it 13-9. UWF appeared to have the set in hand at 18-12, but an 8-1 run by North Alabama put the Lions back in the game. The two teams went back-and-forth with Buchanan earning championship point for the Argos on a kill to win the set, 25-23.Homme’s 22 kills led the way with Duyn slamming home 17 as UWF hit .251 as a team. Stoecklein earned her 1,000th dig as an Argo midway through the opening set as she finished with 19 for the match. Stoecklein becomes just the fourth player in UWF history to reach that milestone.Molly Pearce (Tallahassee, Fla.) aided in the win with 32 assists while Tricia Tirabassi (Kenosha, Wis.) finished with 22. Both UWF setters were good for 11 digs as well. Shackelford and Duyn also reached the double-digit mark in digs.The Argos picked up seven total team blocks during the match with Homme gaining four block assists and Bellairs finishing with three.UWF will now await their fate when the NCAA Regional pairings are announced Sunday at 9 p.m. The conference championship win assures the Argos of a spot in the upcoming tournament that will kick off on Thursday. For the latest on Argo volleyball and all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img