Volleyball leads in Southern Conference play

Zakyra Colvin


Georgia Southern University’s volleyball team continued its winning streak, winning two matches this past weekend against Appalachian State University (12-10, 3-5 SoCon) and Western Carolina University (15-7, 5-3 SoCon).

First up against App. State, the Eagles fought hard to come back in the fifth set with a 13-9 deficit.  After a timeout was called by App. State, sophomore setter Katalin Minnerly served out the rest of the set as the Eagles put up six straight points. Sophomore right side Katie Bange added a three-kill run to help the Eagles win the set and defeat App. State 3-2 (25-23, 15-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-13).

“We found a way to win when things weren’t going well,” GSU head coach Dustin Wood said in a news release. “We remained focused and stayed with what we have been trained to do. I’m proud of them for that, but we struggled tonight at executing on our end. I’m not happy with some of the mistakes, but we can fix them.”

Up against WCU, the Eagles dominated without dropping a set 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-21), with the help of junior middle Kym Coley and senior outside hitter Nicole Jeschelnik, tallying 14 kills each.  Coley hit .667 percent and took 21 swings.  Junior outside hitter Jamie DeRatt had 13 kills and 11 digs.

The Eagles will play their next two games at home on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse.

Southern Conference Play Rankings (Top 3 teams)

Georgia Southern University

With 1,050 kills and an average of 13.6 kills per set, the first place seat in the SoCon goes to the GSU Eagles. The Eagles not only lead in conference play alongside Furman University, but they lead in overall play (19-3). DeRatt leads the Eagles in kills with 273, while sophomore defensive specialist Alexandra Beecher leads in digs with 342.

Furman University                                                                          

Furman has only lost one conference game to App. State and is the only team in the SoCon to beat GSU.  Although they are tied for first in the SoCon, the team has an overall record of 11-8 next to GSU’s overall 19-3.  Furman has 913 kills and a hitting percentage of .223.

Western Carolina University

WCU is third in the SoCon.  They have racked up 1015 kills so far this season averaging 12.7 kills per set and carrying a .221 hitting percentage.  Of those kills, 261 are from junior outside hitter Jordan Timmermann. They have a total of 1474 digs averaging 18.4 digs per set.

SoCon Teams

Other teams in the SoCon include Samford University (12-9, 3-3 SoCon), The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (11-10, 4-4 SoCon), Wofford University (9-13, 4-4 SoCon), Appalachian State University (12-10, 3-5 SoCon), Davidson College (12-10, 3-5 SoCon), Elon University (12-12, 3-5 SoCon), Chattanooga University (9-14, 3-5 SoCon) and The Citadel (5-19, 0-8 SoCon).