Despite a loss to Eastern Kentucky last Friday night, the JSU volleyball team went on to sweep reigning OVC champ Morehead State the following day keeping them in talks for the OVC Conference Championship.
Friday proved to be tough for the Gamecocks as they came into the game against Eastern Kentucky with high hopes. They suffered their first conference loss the previous week and looked to bounce right back. It had only took EKU to lose their first set before they tightened the reins and won the final three to defeat the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks were low on their attack percentage at .098 on the night, while EKU hit .130. The Gamecocks had 15 kills from Charis Ludtke and nine from Allyson Zuhlke. Three Gamecocks also had digs in the doubles with Jennifer Hart leading at 21. Samantha Bohne and Emily Rutherford were behind Hart with 14 and 13, respectively. Hart also had a team high 33 assists in addition to her digs on defense. Rachel Vick led the Colonels with 19 kills on offense, while Dena Ott led with 25 digs on defense.
The finals for the match against EKU were 25-19, 19-25, 24-26, and 21-25.
While Friday was a hard night for the Gamecocks, things turned around Saturday and it led to a sweep of the Morehead State Eagles. JSU trailed late in the first set before they came back to tie and finally win it. The second set was tougher for the Gamecocks as they allowed Morehead State to come back from being down 18-10 to being close on their heels at 23-20. It took kills from Zuhlke to close out the set with a win. The final set would again have a tie with a score of 25 all before Nicole Merget took over and sealed the victory for JSU.
The Gamecocks had a .233 attack percentage overall with a .438 percentage in the first set alone. Zuhlke owned the offense with 18 kills, while Rutherford had 10 digs on defense. She also had eight kills along with Ludtke and Merget who also had eight apiece. Jennifer Hart had the match-high 38 assists. Hannah Sigala led Morehead State’s offense with 11 kills and Alli Evans had the lead on defense with 13 digs.
The finals for the JSU sweep were 25-23, 25-20, and 27-25.
JSU falls to third in the conference tied with Eastern Kentucky, both with 6-2 records in conference play. The Gamecocks head into another match with Morehead State this Friday at home before Eastern Kentucky pays a visit to Pete Matthews for a rematch the following day.