Volleyball to play first conference game of the season

Zakyra Colvin

Georgia Southern University’s volleyball team (12-2) will play its first conference games of the season against Elon University (8-7) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (7-5) this weekend.

Junior outside hitter Jamie DeRatt leads the Eagles in kills with 156 and a .185 attack percentage compared to Elon’s leading hitter Kris Harris, who has 154 kills and a .340 attack percentage.

GSU’s sophomore right side Katie Bange, who was named tournament MVP after the Eagles won the Bash in the ‘Boro tournament, follows DeRatt with 116 kills. Sophomore setter Katalin Minnerly leads in assists with 497 and an average 11.04 assist percentage.

Elon is led by Harris who hit .579 against South Carolina State University this past weekend at the 49er Invitational.

Harris had a match high of 12 kills on 19 attempts with only one error to lead them to victory over SCSU and ultimately win the invitational.

UNCG is led by junior outside hitter Karrian Chambers who recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs, her second of the season, up against George Mason University for the win (3-0) in the Spartan Spiketacular this past weekend.

The Eagles went undefeated this past weekend at the Bash in the ‘Boro where they played Central Michigan University (6-6), Jackson State University (1-14) and Charleston Southern University (5-9).  The Eagles dominated, winning each match in straight sets.

In the final match of the tournament against Charleston Southern University, DeRatt led the Eagles with a career-high of 20 kills and six digs. Bange and teammates senior outside hitter Nicole Jeschelnik and sophomore middle Crysten Curry were named All-Tournament.

The Eagles will open up conference play first against Elon on Friday at 6 p.m. and UNCG on Saturday at 2 p.m. both in Hanner Fieldhouse.