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JSU volleyball team defeats Stetson and Sam Houston in weekend tournament

Sadie Appleton, Sports Correspondent

The Jacksonville State volleyball team hosted the Gamecock Classic at the Pete Mathews Coliseum this past weekend on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. The tournament hosted the Stetson, Sam Houston State and Mississippi State volleyball teams. JSU began their weekend facing off against Sam Houston State from Huntsville, Texas. This would be the first ever meeting between the two programs.

In their match up, the Gamecocks captured the first set with a score of 25-17 with help from a .560 combined hitting percentage. Sam Houston State attempted to battle for a second set victory but were held to a .054 hitting percentage and 20 points by the Gamecock defense as JSU captured the second frame with 25 points. While JSU hoped to sweep the Bearkats, but fell in the third set with a score of 25-19. 

Nevertheless, Jacksonville State was able to maintain their lead by posting 26 points against SHSU’s 24 for the decisive set. Jacksonville State walked away from the Sam Houston State match with a 3-1 win. The win was led by the Gamecock’s defense as freshman Erin Carmichael posted 15 digs, followed by junior Dani Steele with 12. Senior Kaylee Frear also made a big contribution with four blocks against the Bearkats. 

Jacksonville State moved on in their tournament to face Stetson and were easily able to take the initial set with a score of 25-11. Eight of those points came from sophomore Lena Kindermann and junior Kaylie Milton as they drove home the victory with four kills each. While the team began the match with an aggressive set win, they let the second slip away as Stetson pulled away with a 25-19 victory. However, this would be the only set win that Stetson would see as JSU took home the remaining two with scores of 25-21 in the third and 25-18 in the fourth. Jacksonville State took the match win with a final score of 3-1. The Gamecocks closed out the first day with a record of 2-0. Kills reached double-digits for the day as Milton, Kindermann, Anderson and Frear posted 18, 17, 13, and 12, respectively. 

While the Gamecocks came out strong in the opening of their tournament run, they unfortunately came up short in their face off against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The two teams battled hard throughout the match as the largest margin of victory in a set was only six points. During the match, the lead swapped nine times and the score was tied 28 times. Although Jacksonville State was met with its fifth loss of the season, the match against the Bulldogs also saw highs for multiple Gamecocks. Carmichael achieved a career high 25 digs and junior Lexi Libs set a season-high of 50 assists. 

Libs’s contributions helped propel the offense aggressively as they had 31 more kills than their opponents. Once again, double-digit kills were recorded, Frear with 17, Kindermann with 15, followed closely by Milton with 14. Late rallies by Mississippi State plagued Jacksonville State’s runs as they gave up late leads in two of the four sets. The first set finished with a 25-22 loss that was then countered with a 26-24 victory in the second. MSU pulled away with another set win after a score of 25-23 and eventually took home the match after a nail-biting battle that ended with a final score of 25-19 for the Bulldogs. 

Jacksonville State’s season record now stands at 4-5. The Gamecocks will travel to Charleston, South Carolina next weekend before returning home to Pete Mathews Coliseum to face off against Tennessee Tech on September 25. You can follow Jacksonville State Volleyball on twitter (JSUGamecocksVB) to keep up with the action.

Photo courtesy of JSU Gamecock Sports

JSU Football season ends in second round of FCS Playoffs

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JSU Sportswire

In the second round of the FCS Playoffs, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks lost 37-26 to the Sam Houston Bearkats. The Gamecocks season ends with an overall 10-2 record.

In the loss, JSU had more rushing and passing yards than Sam Houston. The Gamecocks ran for 260 yards, while Sam Houston ran for 241. Sam Houston threw for 161 yards, but the Gamecocks threw for 253.

It was 12 penalties and two turnovers that really hurt Jacksonville State. The Bearkats scored 14 points off those turnovers and they only had four penalties.

Eli Jenkins led with 337 all-purpose yards. Jenkins threw for 253 yards and added 84 yards on the ground. Jenkins had a passing and a rushing touchdown.

DaMarcus James led in rushing with 128 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was James 49th career rushing touchdown and puts him at the top of the list for career rushing touchdowns breaking David Gulledge all-time school record.

On defense, there were four Gamecocks in double digits with tackles. Ben Endress and Michael Carlisle led with 11 tackles, while Siran Neal and Folo Johnson both had 10 tackles.

On Jacksonville State’s first drive of the game, the Gamecocks drove right down the field on 5 plays for 70 yards to score the first touchdown of the game. On the drive, Jenkins completed two big passes, one to Markis Merrill for 29 yards, and the other to Josh Barge for 40 yards. The passes set up a 1-yard touchdown run by James. Sam Houston answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jared Johnson to Keshawn Hill to tie the score 7-7. JSU would then respond and go up 14-7 with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Jenkins to Spencer Goffigan. The score would remain 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Sam Houston struck first in the second quarter and tied the score at 14. JSU would answer with a touchdown of their own as Jenkins ran for 14 yards into the end zone. The extra point was blocked, so the score remained 20-14. It was 8:36 left in the second quarter when Sam Houston took the lead for the first time in the game going up 21-20 due to a touchdown pass from Johnson to LaDarius Brown. The Gamecocks would respond again, but this time with a 37-yard field goal by Connor Rouleau to jump ahead 23-21. Sam Houston would mock JSU with a field goal of their own to take the lead 24-23. However, JSU regained the lead with a 42-yard field goal by Rouleau right before the end of the half to lead 26-24 at halftime.

The Gamecocks played well in the first half, but the second half was the difference maker. The Gamecocks were shut out in the second half. The defense gave up two touchdowns in the third quarter to give Sam Houston the 37-26 lead. The Gamecocks had a chance to comeback, but fell short. JSU turned the ball over late in the fourth quarter and that sealed the deal.

Sam Houston will now face Villanova in the Division I Quarterfinals.

In the post-game interview, JSU head coach John Grass talked about the loss.

“They just made a few more plays than we did,” Grass said.

“Our guys played extremely hard (and) played the game physical. We did not play a bad game. At times we played extremely well today.”

Although JSU loss, John Grass was still named the American Football Coaches Association 2014 FCS Regional Coach of the Year.

JSU will look to do just as good in the regular season next year as they did this year. The Gamecocks won every single Conference game in the regular season and was named OVC Champions. Next season, the Gamecocks will look to not only make the playoffs again, but to go further than the second round and maybe to the Championship.