Volleyball to end conference play at home

Photo by: Mark Barnes IISenior setter Kate Van Dyke (7) reaches up to block a ball against Western Carolina player during the game on Nov. 3. Many of the volleyball team members received all-conference honors today.

Katie Tolbert

 

Georgia Southern University’s volleyball team (22-6) will finish up its conference play at home this weekend against Furman University Paladins (21-8) and Wofford College Terriers (15-12).

The Eagles are coming into this weekend on a 10-match winning streak. A few of the toughest matches the Eagles faced during this time and won were Elon University, winning 3-2, Samford University, winning 3-2, and The College of Charleston, winning 3-1. The Paladins and the Terriers previously lost to all of these teams as well as GSU this season.

The Eagles and the Paladins are very close when it comes to overall match performance, but certain individuals stick out for both teams.

Senior outside hitter Meredith Paskert has a total of 374 kills, with 67 of the kills being in the last four matches. Defending the Eagles is freshman libero Alexandra Beecher with a total of 517 digs, and she also has received three Southern Conference awards this season.

For the Paladins, senior outside hitter Chandler Ambrester puts up numbers for defense and offense having a total of 425 kills as well as 275 digs. Not far behind her is teammate senior outside hitter Natalie Braun with a total of 313 kills and 307 digs.

The Terriers fall behind the Eagles in many areas. Wofford’s lead hitter, junior outside hitter Amanda Liquori, is behind Paskert by 77 kills. Wofford’s lead defender, senior libero Reagan Styles, is behind Beecher by 93 digs.

When comparing overall team statistics, the Eagles exceed the Terriers by 1.6 kills per set, 1.4 assists per set and 2.4 digs per set.

The Eagles will take on these last two conference matches starting with Furman tomorrow at 6 p.m. and Wofford on Saturday at 7 p.m.