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JSU suffers heartbreak against SEMO

Sadie AppletonSports Correspondant

This past Saturday, the Jacksonville State volleyball team traveled to Cape Girardeau, Missouri in hopes of beating Southeastern Missouri State University for the top spot in the OVC. Leading up to the match, both the Gamecocks and the Redhawks were both tied for this spot and this showdown would serve as a tie-breaker for the two. Unfortunately, Jax State came up short following a nail-biting four-set battle that ended with Southeast Missouri capturing the victory in a 3-1 decision.

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Gamecock volleyball begins conference play

Sadie Appleton, Sports Correspondent

Jacksonville State’s volleyball team hosted two matches this past week that began their run of four straight Ohio Valley Conference matches. 

JSU left last weekend’s road tournament with heads held high as they concluded with two straight match sweeps against University of New Orleans and College of Charleston. Once the Gamecocks returned home, they looked to continue this drive in a pair of matches against Tennessee Tech and UT Martin. 

On Wednesday, Tennessee Tech was served its ninth season loss from Jacksonville State. JSU, on the other hand, continued their winning streak against the Golden Eagles, who have not defeated the Gamecocks since the 2015 season. 

The opening two sets were taken easily by the Gamecocks, with the initial score being 25-15 and the following 25-18. 

However, the third set would prove to be more of a challenge as Jacksonville State would trail 15-9 to TTU. After a timeout called by JSU, the Gamecocks charged back to even up the score at 18-18, before utilizing the momentum to close out the frame with a 25-18 victory – sealing the match with a 3-0 sweep.  

Lexie Libs, a junior, helped lead the commanding offense to a decisive sweep of TTU by posting 45 assists and 12 digs. Aiding in the win, Lena Kindermann would put down 14 kills followed closely by Kaylee Frear with 12. Three players also accomplished at least a .500 hitting percentage for the match: Kindermann, Sadie Anderson, and Taylor Pribyl. A true freshman, Pribyl also achieved a career high seven kills. Overall, the squad combined for an eyebrow-raising .398 hitting percentage on the night. 

Coming off a confidence-boosting win, JSU faced off against the Skyhawks of UT Martin the following Saturday to close out the week. Although Jax State had a three-game winning streak, the match up against the Skyhawks would see that streak fizzle out. 

In the first set, the two teams battled for the lead. Eventually, the Gamecocks were able to grasp on to a 21-9 lead, forcing a UT Martin timeout. A service error would give the Skyhawks momentum to begin a six-point scoring run that closed out the frame 25-21 in UTM’s favor. 

Looking to bounce back, Jacksonville State would wrap up the second set after taking off to a final score of 25-16. After seven ties and five lead changes, JSU was in position to seal another set victory at 24-21. The Sky hawks then responded with five unanswered points to take the third set, giving the Gamecocks an unwanted setback in the match.

Heading into the fourth set of the match, JSU trailed early at set score of 9-4, forcing a timeout for the Gamecocks. Following the break, JSU regathered to achieve a 5-1 scoring run. Kills from Kindermann and Pribyl then brought the score to 12-11 with the Gamecocks in the lead. UT Martin, however, would respond and take the set victory at 25-20, sealing the match at 3-1.

The Sky hawk win was their first in Jacksonville since 2011. Despite JSU’s loss, multiple players had valiant performances. Kindermann completed 20 kills and a league best hitting percentage of .341. Kindermann joined four other Gamecocks in putting away double-digit kills. The mark was reached by Kaylee Frear with 12, Sadie Anderson with 11 and Lexie Libs with 10, who also posted 44 assists. Libs and Kindermann would be selected as the OVC’s Setter and Offensive Player of the Week, respectfully.

The 7-7 Jacksonville State Gamecocks will continue OVC action at home in Pete Mathews Coliseum on Thursday, October 3, against Eastern Kentucky and on Sunday, October 6, against Morehead State. 

JSU volleyball heats up in weekend tournament

Sadie Appleton, Sports Correspondent

The Jacksonville State University volleyball team took a trip to South Carolina this weekend to face off in a weekend tournament at the College of Charleston. After having a winning tournament in the previous weekend, the 4-5 Gamecocks looked to improve on their record. 

The upcoming tournament would be the final non-conference action for the season. 

JSU began tournament play early on Friday against Charleston Southern. CSU handed the Gamecocks their first loss and only loss of the tournament after a 3-1 decision, despite the efforts of senior Kaylee Frear. 

Frear proved to be a threat to the Buccaneers as she was able to match her career high of seven blocks in addition to 15 kills and a .303 hitting percentage. After a close battle for the first set, Charleston Southern put away 25 points against Jacksonville State’s 23 before quickly taking the second 25-16. Down, but not out, JSU was able to prevent CSU’s sweep by taking the third set 25-20 to force the fourth and final set. Despite putting down five unanswered points when trying to close a 22-14, Charleston Southern took the set 25-21 and the match 3-1. 

While they stumbled in their first match of the tournament, JSU surged back against New Orleans with a sweep for the match win. Junior Kaylie Milton aided the Gamecocks with their third sweep of the season after posting 11 kills. The effort was closely followed by redshirt junior, Sadie Anderson, with eight kills and seven for both Lena Kindermann and Kaylee Frear. 

Jacksonville State was quick out of the gate in the initial set by leading UNO 10-5 before sealing the set 25-16. Following the opening set, the Privateers aimed at taking the second by leading the Gamecocks 21-16. However, JSU slowly worked the score to eventually become level with a 22-22 score. Taylor Pribyl helped lead JSU to the impressive comeback with six blocks and a career high six kills against UNO. New Orleans would put up a 24-22 set-point, only to be prevented by kills from Kindermann and Frear. 

JSU and UNO traded pairs of set-points until the Gamecocks were able to secure the win at 32-30. They would ride the momentum to take the third set and sweep New Orleans 3-0. Jacksonville state led in blocks 10-6 and contained UNO at a .162 hitting percentage. 

With day one of the tournament behind them, Jacksonville State aimed to finish the weekend on a high note. Facing off against College of Charleston, the Gamecocks would do just that. The two teams had previously met in 2011 and resulted with a loss for JSU. However, Jacksonville State would flip the script and seal a win with 3-0 sweep over the Cougars. 

Beginning the match, JSU came out on top with a 25-17 set one victory. Charleston would make the second set closer, but still came up short after Sadie Anderson’s final blow sealed the 25-20 win. JSU would go on to finalize the sweep against Charleston with a 25-22 set three outcome. Anderson and Kindermann once again led the charge by scoring eight and seven kills, respectively. Junior Lexie Libs aided with 26 assists and 11 digs. Milton and Libs would be named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts. 

Jacksonville State improved their record to 6-6.

Featured picture courtesy of Matt Reynolds/JSU.