Volleyball wraps up home slate

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks continued their home series with a loss against Belmont, but came up strong against Tennessee State on Senior Day and grabbed a win.

JSU was riding high off a win against Austin Peay as Belmont came to Pete Mathews.

It was a hard night for the Gamecocks who still managed to keep the game close as they were within six in each set.

The first set against Belmont opened with the first points going to them. JSU was able to keep it close as they were right behind the Bruins.

The Gamecocks were never far off of a three-point margin, until right near the end of the set. An attack error and a kill from Arianna Person cost them the set 25-21.

Set two was forced into extra points as the Gamecocks were close on the Bruins’ heels as it closed.

The Gamecocks took the first points in the set and continued to gain momentum as they scored in chunks of three multiple times.

After a tie at 23, the Gamecocks took the lead at 24, but Belmont quickly tied it up.

Belmont then scored two more times and took the set 26-24.

The final set had the lowest score for the Gamecocks on the night. The Bruins took the first points and continued to run up the score while the Gamecocks attempted to catch up. They took a four-point run toward the end to bring their score to 19, but Belmont would go on to win 25-19.

JSU managed a .178 hit percentage on the night. Allyson Zuhlke had 10 kills right in front of Charis Ludtke who had seven, in addition to her six digs on defense.

It was Hannah Kirk who led defensively, however, with 12 kills. Jennifer Hart was back true to form with 24 assists.

The Gamecocks headed into Senior Day ready for a victory against Tennessee State. They fought hard for the win that they managed to grab after forcing extra sets on the Tigers.

Set one was a battle from the beginning, and stayed that way throughout. The Gamecocks kept it close and held the Tigers to 22, while they went on to take it at 25.

Both the second and third sets were the Gamecocks’ only losses. The Tigers were able to take a lead up early on the Gamecocks and score relentlessly in both. They took the second set 25-14 and the third 25-17.

JSU came back in the fourth with a vengeance and took it 25-23. The final was all Gamecocks. They were able to hold the Tigers at nine, while JSU took the win with 15.

The victory came with a .237 hit percentage on the night as well as two Gamecocks with double-digit kills and three with double-digit digs. Zuhlke led with 16 kills while Kirk had 19 digs. Hart had 46 of the team’s 50 assists on the night.

The Gamecocks lost to Tennessee Tech this past Tuesday which makes their overall record 14-20. They travel to play Southeast Missouri for the last game of the regular season on Nov. 14.

Rebekah Hawkins
Staff Reporter

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