JSU Volleyball 2022 Celebrate

Courtesy of JSU Athletics and JSU Volleyball

The Jacksonville State volleyball team faced-off against Florida Gulf Coast University last Friday, and then Stetson last Saturday for their last set of matches in the month of October. The two games were played inside of Pete Mathews Coliseum, and were available to watch live on ESPN+. JSU suffered a nail-biting loss to FGCU on Friday in five sets, then rebounded and beat Stetson with ease for the team’s 13th sweep of the year.

435 fans for Jacksonville State packed the Pete on Friday for a match against two of the top teams in the ASUN conference. The first set against FGCU ended with JSU losing 15-25, upsetting the Gamecock faithful in attendance. Florida Gulf Coast had several good attacking points in the early part of the match, which allowed them to get out to a hot start. While this would leave most teams hopeless and defeated, the Gamecocks were not going down without a fight.

The second set is where JSU kicked it into gear. Standout senior Lena Kindermann got a point off of an empathic kill to start off the set. The Gamecocks built a 17-9 lead, flaunting several outstanding kills while FGCU had a myriad of errors. The Eagles started to catch back up, cutting the lead to 19-17 before a timeout from head coach Todd Garvey. 

After the short break was over, JSU sealed the set 25-21. The Gamecocks also won the third set 25-17, putting some separation between themselves and the Eagles in the match points. In the third set, senior Kylee Quigley scored multiple times off of amazing serves which gave JSU the early advantage. The team showcased great offense, and tenacious blocking defense, which allowed them to open up an 11-0 lead and never look back. 

The fourth set is where FGCU took back all the momentum in the game, winning the set 25-19. The Eagles had two four-point runs and one five-point run in the fourth, while JSU couldn’t manage anything over a five-point run. It came down to the fifth and final overtime set to see who would take home a tense battle between the two school’s. Out of the fifteen points needed to win, JSU made six attack errors in favor of FGCU, contributing to their disappointing loss in the extra set, 15-12. 

The Saturday game against Stetson was not as difficult as the previous match. A kill by Kindermann, and an ace from Quigley gave the Gamecocks a great start early on. Following this, JSU went on a seven-point run with four of these points being assisted by the outstanding setter Claire Ochs. This set along with the second both ended smoothly at 25-14. To replicate the first set, there was also a seven-point run in the second with an excellent block by fifth-year senior Katie Montgomery and graduate player Sophie Riemersma.

The third and final set of the game was a little closer. A few attack and serving errors helped Stetson bring their score up, but Jacksonville State ultimately won 25-20. The 3-0 win against the Stetson Hatters brought the Gamecocks overall record to 20-5 on the season with just four games left on the season.

This weekend’s games will both take place in Tennessee. JSU wll travel to play Lipscomb on Friday, November 4th, and Austin Peay on November 5th. Both of these games will also be available to watch live on ESPN+.