Georgia Southern prepares for SoCon opener

Freshman libero Alexandra Beecher dives to save GSU a point and get a step closer to SoCon Freshman of the Week.

Jackie Gutknecht

The Georgia Southern University volleyball team looks to a road trip for its Southern Conference opener against Wofford College on Friday Sept. 21 and Furman University on Saturday Sept. 22.

The WC Terriers currently hold an 8-3 record, and a five match winning streak, winning eight of its last nine matches. Having not played a home game yet this season, this will be the home opener for the Terriers.

WC’s junior outside Amanda Liquori looks to be a big threat for GSU, with nine kills and 10 digs in her last match.

GSU’s senior setter Kate Van Dyke racked up 56 assists in her last match, while WC’s junior setter Beckah Dorsey handed out 22 assists.

The Eagles will then get set to play the Furman Paladins in their second SoCon game of the season. The Paladins currently hold a 10-3 record, and maintain the highest winning percentage (.769) in the SoCon.

Furman’s freshman setter Jo Wilks was named the SoCon volleyball freshman of the week for the first three weeks of the season, while GSU’s freshman libero Alexandra Beecher just ended that streak, being named the volleyball freshman of the week for week four of the season.

Furman is currently holding an at home winning streak of 18 games, while GSU has won five games on the road this season.

Prediction:

GSU will defeat WC 3-1, but will fall to the Paladins 2-3, bringing their record to 10-6, and 1-1 in the SoCon.