GSU volleyball team heads to Oxford, Miss.

Zakyra Colvin

Georgia Southern University’s volleyball team will play this weekend in Oxford, Miss. at the Mongolia Invitational, where they will face Arkansas State University, the University of Mississippi and Kennesaw State University.

The Eagles will open the weekend against the Arkansas State Red Wolves and Ole Miss on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and play KSU on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Junior outside hitter Jamie DeRatt, junior middle Kym Coley and sophomore right side Katie Bange all recorded double-digit kills for GSU against Troy University on Monday but still lost, making it the team’s first loss of the season.

The Eagles had 11 service errors and 23 hitting errors which ultimately gave Troy the win since the game was tightly-contested for all three sets.

At the Jaguar invitational, the Eagles dominated and finished with a 3-0 record.  They did not drop a set against Southern Utah University 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-17) and Tennessee State University 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-10), but dropped one to the University of South Alabama 3-1 (25-13, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23).

Sophomore setter Katalin Minnerly earned all-tournament honors with 43 assists, seven digs and three blocks. Coley tallied eight kills and four blocks in the final game of the invitational and was also named all-tournament.  DeRatt was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament with 14 kills and 15 digs in the final match against South Alabama.

The Red Wolves’ record dropped to 0-4 after losing to South Dakota State University 3-1 (25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18) and the University of Missouri 4-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16) at the University of Missouri Tiger Invitational.

Ole Miss holds a 2-1 record in the season after their recent victory over George Washington University 3-1 (25-19, 26-28, 25-20, 26-24) and University of Maryland Baltimore County 3-1 (17-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-14) at the George Washington Invitational.

KSU starts of the season with a 1-2 record after its stint at the La Quinta Inn and Suites Highlander Invitational this past weekend. The Owls lost to the Radford University Highlanders 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 21-25, 14-25) and Eastern Kentucky University 3-2, but defeated North Carolina State Agricultural & State University 3-0.

The Eagles will take on the Red Wolves first to start off their time in Oxford, Miss. at the Mongolia Invitational.