Volleyball to finish conference season play

Zakyra Colvin

After an unexpected upset against Davidson College last weekend, the Georgia Southern University volleyball team will try to regain control and finish out the season with two Southern Conference matchups this weekend.

Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University will play the Eagles at home on Friday and Saturday respectively. With only three conference losses and five overall, the Eagles lead in conference play.

Up against the WCU Catamounts, which currently hold the No. 6 seed in the SoCon, the Eagles will look for the offensive attack of junior outside hitter Jamie DeRatt, senior outside hitter Nicole Jeschelnik, junior middle Kym Coley and sophomore right side Katie Bange to be the catalyst.

DeRatt leads the Eagles in attacks with an impressive 353 and Bange follows with 269.  At their last meeting with the Catamounts, Bange and DeRatt combined for 41 kills.

The Catamounts will be led by an all-around player, junior outside hitter Jordan Timmerman who has a total of 343 kills and 214 digs.

At the Eagles’ last meet with the App. State Mountaineers, who hold the No. 4 seed in the SoCon, sophomore setter Katalin Minnerly served out the winning set, while Bange racked up four blocks and 14 kills.

Jeschelnik and Coley each had 14 kills.  Jeschelnik has racked up 261 kills so far this season with an average of 3.00 kills per set, right behind DeRatt who averages 3.64 kills per set.

Coley has racked up 233 kills to go with an average of 2.56 kills per set.

The Mountaineers will be led by junior middle blocker Lauren Gray and sophomore outside hitter Emily Corrigan. Corrigan leads in kills per set with 3.59 and a total of 370 kills, while Gray follows with 276 kills and an average 2.68 kills per set.

The Eagles are now tied for first in the conference with Furman University, the only team in the SoCon to beat the Eagles in both matchups, however the Eagles have a better overall record.

The Eagles will take on WCU on Friday at 6 p.m. and App. State on Saturday at 3.p.m in Hanner Fieldhouse.