Volleyball to host second home tournament

File photo by: Courtney Bonacci

Zakyra Colvin

 

Georgia Southern University’s volleyball team will host the Bash in the ‘Boro this weekend where it will play three matches against Central Michigan University, Jackson State University and Charleston Southern University.

With a 9-2 record, the Eagles are ranked No.1 in the Southern Conference. GSU’s offense ranks in the top three of the SoCon in almost every category such as: second in average kills per set with 12.95, second in assists per set with 12.08 and third in hitting percentage with .227.

Although the Eagles have top-notch numbers on offense, their defense is nothing to scoff at. Anchored by sophomore middle Crysten Curry, the Eagles are first in the SoCon in opponent hitting percentage with .147, and also first in blocks averaging 2.38 per set, with 88 total.

Curry totaled 16 kills and 22 blocks in the final match of the Springhill Suites Invitational last weekend and was named MVP.  Sophomores Alexandra Beecher, libero, and Katie Bange, right side, were named to the All-Tournament team.  Beecher had 49 digs in three matches and Bange had 32 kills and 12 blocks.

GSU is on a three-game winning streak, after going undefeated in the Springhill Suites Invitational against Oral Roberts University 3-1 (25-23, 14-25, 25-22, 25-19), North Dakota State University 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-23) and High Point University 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-20).

The CMU Chippewas have an overall record of 4-5 after finishing second in the Hofstra Tournament on Saturday.

Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre looks to provide some competition for the Eagles’ defense. McIntyre was named All-Tournament for the second week after finishing the tournament with 45 kills and 21 digs.

The JSU Tigers have only one win this season, with an overall record of 1-10 after going 0-3 this past weekend against Washington State University 0-3 (12-25,19-25,18-25), Sam Houston State University 0-3 (19-25, 13-25, 24-26) and Lamar University 0-3 (22-25, 18-25, 21-25).

The Tigers are led by senior middle blocker Paige Williams with 75 kills for the season, while sophomore setter Jenna Siddiqui leads in assists with 235.

The CSU Buccaneers have an overall record of 6-1 after defeating South Carolina State University 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) in their final match of the Sticky Fingers Citadel Invitational.

Sophomore outside hitter Katrina Houston led the team with 10 kills.  Sophomore middle back Merridith Parrot had eight kills and senior outside hitter Kayla Klinger added seven to go with 13 digs.

The Eagles’ first match of the tournament will be against the Chippewas on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Hanner Fieldhouse.