Josie Howell, Sports Editor
The Jacksonville State volleyball team walked away from the court with their heads high after a preseason exhibition victory against Kennesaw State. The women of JSU volleyball can easily be proud of this win since Kennesaw State finished with a 24-7 record just last season.
In the first set, Jacksonville State took the 25-21 win. While the Gamecocks led for the majority of the second set, KSU came in last minute and took the 28-26 win. JSU was able to jump back in the third set with a 25-18 win. The Gamecocks then finished it off with a 25-20 win in the fourth set, bringing victory to the team.
Kaylie Milton led their team in kills, bringing in 15 kills total. Milton has played an integral role for the Gamecocks. She played in all 32 games her sophomore year and had a total of 231 kills for the entire 2018 season. Milton is someone to be on the lookout for this season, as she has already proven in the KSU matchup.
Sadie Anderson also brought in an impressive 15 kills in the KSU matchup. Anderson played in 80 sets during last year’s season and was able to bring in a total of 183 kills, 129 digs and 18 blocks. In the KSU game, Anderson continued to show why she is considered an asset to the team.
Lena Kindermann and Kaylee Frear also played a major role in the offensive, both bringing in a total of 14 kills in the game. Kinderman has been a promising player from the start. She started in all 32 games as a freshman at JSU and led the team with 321 kills in the 2018 season. Frear was named pre-season All-OVC and accounted for 293 kills and 115 blocks last season.
Defensively, Kennedy Powell came in strong with four blocks and Dani Steele with 21 digs. While Powell had to sit out most of 2018 due to injuries, she still proved herself in the 2017 season where she was able to bring in a season high of five blocks against Morehead State. In 2018 Steele became an integral part of JSU’s back-row defense, finishing the season with 276 digs, 56 assists and 21 aces.
The JSU volleyball season will open with a season invitational August 30 and 31 where Jacksonville State is set to play East Tennessee State, Troy University and Southeastern Louisiana.
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