No. 16 Pirates Come From Behind For Record-Tying 3-2 Win At VSU
VALDOSTA, Ga. - The No. 16-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University volleyball squad overcame a two sets to none deficit on the road, rallying for a 3-2 victory over host Valdosta State to run its record to 29-0 on the season. Set scores were: 17-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-8.
With the win, the Pirates have now tied the 1999 Armstrong squad for the best start to a season in school and Peach Belt Conference history, with the 29 consecutive wins also tying the school and PBC mark. Valdosta State falls to 14-14 with the loss.
Armstrong overcame a 2-0 deficit for the second time this season, also turning the trick vs. Newberry on Sept. 9. But unlike that match, in which the Pirates lost by just two points in each of the first two sets, Armstrong started off very slowly, hitting a combined .070 in the first two sets.
The Pirates heated up in the third set, hitting .441 with 17 kills and just two errors in taking the set. In the fourth set, with the score tied 23-all, back-to-back kills by junior Amanda Jones gave the Pirates the set. Armstrong then jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the fifth set and never looked back in coming away with the win.
Armstrong senior Brendyce Budd (15 kills, 11 digs) and sophomore Jessica Santaniello (12 kills, 20 digs) each notched double-doubles, while junior Leia Pittman set a new career-high with 14 kills, hitting .357 with four blocks. Junior Ashley Seal tallied 48 assists and senior Stacey Davis also set a new career high with 26 digs.
Valdosta State was led by Chelsea Logan's match-high 19 kills. Katie Onushko added 13 kills and 16 digs, while Tania Tauiliili added 12 kills. Ashley Lala added 47 assists, 21 digs and six blocks while Krista Bradford notched 22 digs.
The Pirates will go for their record-breaking 30 consecutive win on Friday, October 28, hosting Montevallo in a "Dig Pink" match at 7:00 p.m. at the ARC. Armstrong players will wear pink and also be selling t-shirts and plates to try and help raise money and awareness for breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.