After a win against OVC opponent Tennessee Tech at home, the Gamecocks defeated the Skyhawks of UT Martin in five sets last Saturday to remain unbeaten in conference play.
A series of victories in the Ohio Valley Conference has the Gamecocks on a streak that they carried into their game against UT Martin. Immediately, it was clear that the Skyhawks were going to test JSU as they dropped their first set. They went on to win the following two before they lost the fourth. In the fifth and final set it was JSU who grabbed the lead early until UTM decided that they would not go down so quick. They reclaimed the lead at 13-12 before JSU took advantage of the Skyhawks mistakes to claim the win.
Despite the fact that UTM had the lead in attack percentage with .220, the Gamecocks still had a reasonable .188. JSU had over .200 in three out of five sets with their highest coming in the fourth with .229. Charis Ludtke led the day in kills with 19 with Emily Rutherford behind her with 10. Samantha Bohne led both teams in digs with 21 and Rutherford added 12 of her own. Jennifer Hart continued to add assists to her record with 45 in the game against the Skyhawks.
UTM held their own on the day, and despite the Gamecocks’ lower attack percentage, JSU was still able to hold UTM to below .200 in three of five sets. Emily Keaton led the Skyhawks offense with 23 kills, while Chelsea Bowles led on defense with 17 digs. Madison Bergren had the day-high 61 assists just in front of Hart.
JSU improves to 10-8 overall and still remains undefeated in conference play at 4-0. This marks the Gamecocks first 4-0 start since 2009. Next, JSU will have an out-of-conference match against Alabama A&M, who they swept in the Troy Invitational earlier in the season. Conference play will resume against Tennessee State at home on Oct. 10.