The Wolves (4-6-3, 2-2-2 GSC) found out why West Florida (13-0, 6-0) is the No. 2 team in the country as they fell 4-0 in Pensacola on Friday night, but that didn’t stop them from coming back strong on Sunday.
Led by Caroline Woodhead’s attack and Mary Laza in goal UWG was able to get the 3-0, shutout win at West Alabama (4-1-1, 6-6-3) on Sunday afternoon.
Mariela Ortega got the scoring started in the 33rd minute with her sixth goal of the season as she found the back of the net from Myra Fisher’s pass late in the first half.
Then it was freshman Caroline Woodhead taking over. The Fayetteville native scored in the 36th minute unassisted to put the Wolves up 2-0. Woodhead then added the put away goal in the 67th minute for her second goal of the game and third of the season.
That would be more than enough for Laza who made seven saves in the game and kept a team averaging almost three goals a game on the season off the score-sheet for only the third time this season.
The Wolves will remain on the road for a 2 p.m., non-conference game against Reinhardt today.
The UWG volleyball team will head into this weekend’s Gulf South/Sunshine State Conference crossover games on a high note after defeating rivals Valdosta State in five sets at home on Sunday.
The Wolves (10-9, 5-5) got out to a fast start winning the opening two sets 25-23 and 25-22, but the Lady Blazers (12-8, 5-6) faught back.
Valdosta State won the third and forth sets to force a deciding fifth set. Afte the set was tied 13-all the two teams traded points and combined for five different match points, but in the end it was a block from Leslie Bemis and Amanda Miles to take the set 19-17 and win the match.
While Emily Reul had 20 kills, Miles had 19 and Helen Menchinger added 11 kills it was Melissa Holt who had the biggest night for the Wolves. For the second time in her career Holt reached the 30-dig mark in the win.
UWG will face Florida Southern, Rollins, Tampa and Saint Leo on Friday and Saturday in Tampa, Fla.