Eagles rack up sixth win in a row

Katie Tolbert

The Georgia Southern University volleyball team continues its four-match winning streak with two away matches against Samford University winning 3-2 and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga winning 3-0.

Having lost to SU last year, GSU was ready to put up a fight and it showed through their three-set come back with set scores of 16-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-23 and 15-8. The Eagles were down two sets in the match but came back to win three sets consecutively and win the match.

This is the second five-set match the Eagles have won after having lost eight consecutive five-set matches previously. This win was also a big match for the Eagles because coming into the match GSU knew SU was the North Division leader and the defending league champion.

Several of the Eagles stepped up during this match and posted large numbers for GSU.

Senior outside hitter Meredith Paskert had a career high of 22 kills leading the team. Up at the net, freshman middle blocker Crysten Curry had seven kills and seven blocks. Senior outside hitter Moriah Bellissimo had 10 kills and 11 digs, and junior outside hitter Nicole Jeschelnik had eight kills and 19 digs. Carrying the team to these numbers, senior setter Kate Van Dyke posted 47 assists, five kills and 11 digs.

This victory gave GSU the momentum to sweep UTC at their court with set scores of 25-14, 26-24 and 25-23. This win was the sixth win in a row for the Eagles and head coach Chad Callihan’s 100th win in his five years at GSU.

Sophomore middle blocker Kym Coley dominated up at the net with a total of 14 kills in 21 swings, giving her .667 hitting percentage and three blocks as well. Alongside of her, Curry had eight kills and three blocks.

Continuing their performance from the previous game, Jeschelnik had 10 kills and 16 digs and Paskert had 10 kills and seven digs. Van Dyke kept up her performance as well with 37 assists, six kills, nine digs and three blocks.

The Eagles will finish their four road swing this coming weekend at College of Charleston on Friday at 7 p.m. and at The Citadel on Saturday at 6 p.m.