Preston Odam, Correspondent
On Tuesday, September 7, the Jacksonville State volleyball team swept the bulldogs of Alabama A&M 3 sets to 0. This victory helped the Gamecocks improve to a perfect 5-0 at home so far and 6-1 on the season to this point.
Jacksonville State had some major contributors to their dominating victory. A career high of 9 kills for junior Kylee Quigley led the Gamecocks while also adding 13 digs. In the match she hit an impressive .375 to lead the Gamecocks as well. Macie Garrison, the sophomore setter, led Jax State with 21 assists in the match. The team leader in digs for JSU was Erin Carmichael who added 14 on the night. Finally, the group put up a collective season-high of 8 aces during serving in the contest.
Head volleyball coach for the Gamecocks, Todd Garvey, complimented his Kylee Quigley to JSU Sports Information by stating, “I thought Kylee has always been steady in the back row for us but got an opportunity to hit some and I think she has been hitting great in practice. For her to go in and hit .375 with 9 kills, that’s what we needed.”
In the first set, JSU jumped out on the Bulldogs early gaining a lead of 9-5 behind 2 Lexie Libs kills. The Gamecocks continued to dominate the set until a run by A&M cut the JSU lead to just 3, 20-17. However, the Gamecocks rattled off five unanswered points eventually winning the set 25-17.
Jacksonville State was in complete command of the second set beating A&M 25-9 and adding 12 kills during the set. In the beginning of the third set, the Bulldogs were able to go blow for blow with JSU. That was until, behind Kylee Quigley’s excellent performance, JSU grabbed a comfortable lead of 10-5. A&M did not quit and eventually cut the JSU lead late in the set to only 3 points. The Gamecocks eventually prevailed winning the third, and final, set 25-21.
Jacksonville State’s next match will be this upcoming weekend in the JSU Invitational Tournament. The first game will be against the Nicholls State Colonels in the Pete Mathews Coliseum this Friday, September 10. The games begin at 11 a.m. and will also be available for streaming on ESPN+.