Josie Howell, Sports Editor
This past Sunday, Oct. 6, the Gamecocks hosted OVC-leader Morehead State at home in the Pete Mathews Coliseum. Jacksonville State came into this game with a 9-7 overall record, while Morehead State would come into the game with 12-4 overall record.
This matchup would be JSU’s first five-match of the season and even though the numbers did not show in their favor, the Gamecocks would not let that stop them from bringing home a win.
In the first two sets, the Gamecocks found themselves down 0-2 but they proceeded to take the win for sets two and three, forcing the game into the deciding fifth set.
After falling behind early on in the set with 8-3, the Gamecocks had three back-to-back kills from Kaylee Frear, Lexie Libs and Sadie Anderson. Another big kill from Frear evened the score at 11-11. The Gamecocks then officially took their first lead at in the set with a kill from junior Kaylie Milton, bringing the score 13-12.
Jacksonville State was able to take home the win with a nail-biting score of 19-17. Overall, the match featured 35 ties and 15 lead changes with the first set having 12 ties alone.
The Gamecocks saw amazing performances from their already talented team. Milton beat her own career-high in this game with 20 successful hits in one game. Her last record was in last season’s matchup against UT Martin with a total of 19 kills.
Lena Kindermann also beat her own record with 25 kills for the game and was able to bring in an incredible 26 points total against the Eagles. Anderson, who had 13 kills, and Frear, who had 10 kills, also racked in double-digit kills for the Gamecocks. Frear also broke her record of blocks in a matchup with six against the Eagles. She now holds a career high of 398 blocks total.
Lexie Libs lead the team in this match with 57 assists that lead JSU’s offense for a total of 75 kills and brought in a team-high of 12 digs for the Gamecocks. Libbs’ was also later named Ohio Valley Conference setter of the week for the second week in a row and for the fourth time this season.
Libs currently ranks 14th in Division I volleyball with 646 assists, and 15th with 11.14 assists-per-set. In her second, she’s assisted on 1,935 kills. She is hoping to become the 11th Gamecock with 2,000 career assists.
The Gamecocks will travel to Nashville, TN to play the Tennessee State Tigers on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. They will then go on to take on the Belmont Bruins on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.