The Eagles beat Savannah State in straight sets

Derik Wuchte

The Eagles dismantled Savannah State Tuesday night, beating the Tigers in straight sets (25-9, 25-18, 28-14) in Hanner Fieldhouse.

“We were stuggling a little bit last week,” Head Coach Dustin Wood said. “We had some things we needed to work on. But it was nice to see the execution going into conference play.”

The Eagles came out hot and held the Tigers to single digits in the first set. In the second set, the Eagles were leading 18-10, but conceded six straight points that cut the lead to just two points. The team rallied and closed the match on a kill from freshman Hannah Braun. The Eagles then cruised to a third set victory behind a balanced offensive attack and solid defensive effort.

Freshman Stephanie Spencer has been one of the mainstays for the Eagles this season. She currently leads the team with 119 kills. Against Savannah State on Tuesday, Spencer totaled a match-high 12 kills. She was responsible 16% of the team’s total scoring in their victory.

“[Volleyball] gets so much a team sport so, when we have everybody all in, all the time, that’s when we do well,” Spencer said. “I think we picked it up and it started out right away. I think that helped that we did a lot better with that today: Minimizing our errors.”

Georgia Southern is now 5-6 on the season. It’s not where the team wants to be, but they’re improving and they know where their potential lies.

“I think it’s good,” Spencer said. “We’ve been a little shaky, so we came and played together. I don’t know; I think we did well. We had fun; we worked together as a team.”

The Eagles have finsihed up non-conference play, and are preparing for their second year of competition in the Sun Belt. Coach Wood is confident that his team will be prepared for their opponents.

“We’ll watch some film, and we’re already preparing for Little Rock and ULM, so we’re ready to go” Wood said.

The Eagles open up Sun Belt Conference play this Friday against Little Rock at 6:30pm.