Volleyball home finale ends in a blowout

Volleyball home finale ends in a blowout

Araya Jackson

The Georgia Southern volleyball team played its last match of the season Saturday Nov. 11, and for some it would be the last match of their college career, for it was Senior Night.

The Eagles took on Texas State at Hanner Fieldhouse at 1 p.m. They started both of the first two sets off with a strong start and a consistent score with the Bobcats, until mid-set, where each time the Bobcats would take over and bring home a win. The Eagles lost the first set 25-14 and the second set 25-15.

Entering the third set, the Eagles had one more chance to keep this game going or bring it to an unfortunate end. The ladies started off the third frame strong and made it to a lead of 18-13, until multiple kills from Texas State players Lauren Kirch and Lauren Mahoney were followed by many attack errors from the Eagles. The Bobcats took over and ended the match with a Shelby Vas Matt kill and a final set score of 25-22.

At the beginning of the season, the Eagles were picked to place third in their first year playing for the Sun Belt Conference. However, this loss eliminated the Eagles’ chances of playing in next week’s Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The Eagles will end their season [7-23, 6-14 Sun Belt].

Seniors and leaders on the team since 2012, Kym Coley (No. 6) and Jamie DeRatt (No. 9) finished with eight kills from Coley and six kills from Deratt. Jamie also had one ace and two blocks. Kym finished the season with 310 kills, a hitting average of .376, and 364 points scored. She started in every match this season. She holds 1,074 points, 893 kills and 119 digs for a career total. Jamie DeRatt ends the season with 354 kills, 287 digs, .136 hitting percentage and 386.5 scored points. She also started in every match this season. Her career total adds up to 987 kills, 960 kills and 1,088.5 scored points.

Even though the Eagles will be losing two of their best players, there are two other players rising to the top. True freshman Catherine Murray (No. 10) and redshirt freshman Megan Chevalier (No. 7) are two players to keep a watch for. They hold a combined total of 387 kills for the season and are projected to bring much more to the future of Eagles Volleyball.