After a disappointing final home game, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks took on Southeast Missouri State and completed their season with a victory.
The Gamecocks went on the road to face the Redhawks after falling in their final home match to Tennessee Tech. It would be a hard fought victory as the match was forced into extra sets to determine the victor. It was a record day for Senior Emily Rutherford who broke her own career-high kill record with 31. She also had 13 digs on defense for the team making it a double-double day to finish her run as a Gamecock.
The match opened in set one with a Redhawk score first. The Gamecocks quickly answered and soon it was a battle. The score tossed back and forth with a point or two followed by the opponent’s answer with their own one or two. There were few runs of three or more until the Gamecocks held the Redhawks at 22 on a service error. The Gamecocks took off from 20 to score five more in succession and claim the set 25-22.
The second match belonged to the Redhawks. After an initial tie at one apiece, SEMO took off on a five-point run before the Gamecocks could even the score again. SEMO managed yet another five-point run late in the game while stalling JSU at 18. That would win the set for the Redhawks. They took the second set 25-18.
The third set was much the same as the second. Despite the Gamecocks having the first score, SEMO again had several multiple-point scores to take the set 25-18 again. The fourth was close for both teams. JSU took the first point, then the match fell into scoring in chunks of two. When the set stalled at 14, the Gamecocks took the opportunity and scored three straight, bringing their points to 17. The Redhawks were able to come within two, but never managed to come any closer as JSU continued to score and went on to win the set 25-23.
The final set would bring a winner. SEMO took the first point, but it was soon tied by JSU. The Redhawks took a three-point run before the Gamecocks took a five-point run of their own. The score sat at 7-4, JSU. SEMO took two more points to come within one before an attack error on the part of the Redhawks brought the Gamecocks back up 8-6. SEMO tied it at eight before JSU took a one point lead. Led by a Jessica McElderry kill, the Redhawks took the lead 11-9. JSU was right back in it moments later with a four-point run that brought their lead up to 13-11. The Redhawks managed to score four more times before being held at 15. JSU then took their momentum, scored three and took the set 17-15.
The Gamecocks finish their season 14-20 overall and 5-11 in OVC play. Along with Rutherford, the team also says goodbye to Seniors Laney Torkelson and Samantha Bohne.