Volleyball team looks to Boulder for first win

Jordan Toney

After going 0-3 (0-0) in the Active Ankle Challenge, the Georgia Southern Eagles are going to try to turn their luck around this weekend at the OMNI Classic in Boulder, Colo. They’ll be playing against Pittsburgh on Friday, and Colorado and Portland State the following day.

Pittsburgh 3-0 (0-0):

Pittsburgh came out strong in the Hampton Inn Invitational shutting out all three of its opponents. In the first match against Middle Tennessee State, both Jessica Wynn and Mecheal Guess had double digit kills in their three sets. Despite shutting out the Blue Raiders, 3-0, two of those sets only had a point differential of less than five points. In their next game against Dayton, Jessica Wynn once again had double digit kills. Pittsburgh continued its annihilation of Bowling Green, including one set that they won 25-7. If the Eagles want to stay competitive against Pittsburgh, they’re going to have to shut down Jessica Wynn and make sure to attack, and attack early. Not a single school has won a set this year against Pittsburgh, so winning one early would definitely affect Pitt’s confidence.

Colorado 2-1 (0-0):

Colorado came out nearly as strong as Pittsburgh did, going 2-1 in the Northern Illinois Invitational. However, they definitely did not start as strong as Pitt did, losing their first match against Northwestern. Despite this, three of their players scored double digit kills for a combined 42 kills. In their second match against Northern Illinois, Taylor Simpson could not be stopped, tallying 23 kills while getting 13 digs. This dominant performance did not award Colorado an easy win– their match against Northern Illinois went into the fifth set. There were also 28 different instances of a tie score. Colorado would finish strongly, however, shutting out its third opponent, Presbyterian, 3-0. The main player to watch out for is Taylor Simpson, who had a great performance last weekend and will definitely want to continue that trend into this tournament.

Portland State 0-3 (0-0):

The safest team Ga. Southern will be going up against this tournament is Portland State, who also went winless in its past tournament. Their first match against Washington did not go well. They only led one time throughout the entire match, and that one lead was the first point scored. Their next match against Boise State went a little better; they actually won a set. Portland State really gave Gonzaga a run for its money with 26 tie scores throughout their four set match. It still wasn’t enough, and they still lost 3-1. If the Eagles can shut down Portland State early and hold on to the lead, they should be able to keep the win.

The Eagles can get their first win of the season this weekend in Boulder, Colo., against any of these teams. Their road trip continues the weekend after as they travel to Chapel Hill, NC for the Carolina Classic.