Ashley Finerson, Sports Correspondent
After two consecutive wins for the Jacksonville State volleyball team, the Gamecocks were hungry to bring home yet another win, and they did exactly that this past Friday against Tennessee State.
In this matchup, the Gamecocks were able to bring home their third consecutive win and tenth win overall. This put them at a 10-7 overall record and 4-1 conference record.
Lena Kindermann and Sadie Anderson lead their team offensively with double digit kills, Kindermann with 13 and Anderson with 10, recording an impressive 23 kills between both players. Kaylie Milton also contributed a total of nine kills for her team.
Lexie Libbs was able to lead JSU defensively with 35 assists. Kaylee Frear also had a strong presence in this matchup with seven kills and a hitting percentage of .500. She also contributed a block defensively that brought Frear to the 399th block of her career.
During the first set, JSU lead for the majority of the time. They did not let TSU get ahead but both teams were neck-in-neck three times early on in the set. JSU led this set in kills with 14 over TSU’s 11. Kindermann brought in strong five kills to help finish out the set with a six point JSU lead of 25-19.
Throughout the second set, JSU consistently lead the entire time with the Tigers following closely behind. JSU also led this set in kills with 11 total and TSU with five. The Gamecocks were able to take advantage of the fatal mistakes made by the Tigers and were able to take another set win with a score of 25-15.
At this point, JSU was hitting at an average of .300 as a team while the Tigers were holding onto a .052 hitting average.
In the third set, Tennessee State proved determined and not ready to give up. The Tigers regrouped and played better than they had throughout the entire matchup. Nonetheless, this did not stop the Gamecocks from coming out on top.
TSU kept a close score with JSU all throughout the last set with both teams tying the score multiple times and TSU getting ahead of the Gamecocks more than once.
With a total of 20 kills in the third set and 45 kills overall, the Gamecocks brought the game to a close with a nail-biting set score of 26-24 with a kill from Kaylee Frear, winning the match 3-0. This was JSU’s first sweep against TSU since the two teams played in 2009.
In the upcoming week, the Gamecocks will be traveling to Edwardsville, IL on Friday Oct. 18 to play SIU Edwardsville. Jax State will then travel to Charleston, IL to play Eastern Illinois Oct. 19. Both games can be streamed on ESPN+.