Volleyball to play the Citadel tonight

Zakyra Colvin

In its next Southern Conference match, Georgia Southern University’s volleyball team (14-2, SoCon 2-0) will play against The Citadel  (4-13, SoCon 0-2) Bulldogs at home in Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Eagles are ranked No.1 in the SoCon and are looking to win their ninth straight game.

The Citadel has had a tough season so far after losing its first two SoCon matches against Elon University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro this past weekend. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 11 in the SoCon.

The Bulldogs are led offensively by sophomore middle hitter Bailey Kernodle with 94 kills, senior middle blocker Katie Briggs with 92 kills and junior middle hitter Lauren Hurt with 90 kills. Senior setter Erin Bucherl is a defensive standout, leading the Bulldogs with 241 digs.

The Eagles will look for their next win behind the offensive attack of junior outside hitter Jamie DeRatt with 194 kills, sophomore right side Katie Bange and senior outside hitter Nicole Jeschelnik who both have 142 kills and Kym Coley with 109.

DeRatt was named SoCon Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this semester. DeRatt averaged 4.22 kills, 3.56 digs and .078 blocks per set over the weekend. DeRatt posted career highs in kills, with 23, and digs, with 19, against Elon University.

Since last season, GSU has won 27 of its last 30 matches and are 14-1 at home in that time span.

The Eagles will play The Citadel, which is looking for its first victory against GSU after meeting 29 times in the past, tonight at 6 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse.