The Jacksonville State Gamecocks dropped both of their weekend games at home after injuries left the team with young players.
After tough losses on the road, JSU came home looking for redemption against Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State, but couldn’t quite pull out the victories.
The weekend opened with a game against Ohio Valley Conference opponent Eastern Kentucky. It was a difficult match for the Gamecocks as they only hit .151 overall hit percentage against EKU’s .303.
The first set saw the Colonels take the lead early and although the Gamecocks managed to score 15, they never could get past that. EKU took the set 25-15.
The second set began with the Gamecocks jumping out to a 3-0 lead. The score stayed close for the entire duration, but the Colonels managed to hold the Gamecocks to 22, while they scored 25 to win it.
JSU jumped out to the lead in the final set, but it didn’t take long for the Colonels to catch up. After several multi-point runs, EKU took the set 25-14.
Allyson Zuhlke led the Gamecocks in kills with 10. Both Jennifer Hart and Hannah Kirk were the leaders in assists and digs. Hart had the team high with 30 assists and 11 digs. Kirk had two and eight, respectively.
The following day the Gamecocks played the Eagles of Morehead State. JSU has seen more than its fair share of injuries and started four sophomores and five true freshmen against MSU. The Gamecocks did manage to win one set but they dropped the last three and lost the match.
JSU took the lead early in the first set but fell behind as the Eagles jumped back out in front. MSU stalled at 11, while the Gamecocks went on a nine-point run to take the lead 17-11. The Eagles would score seven more, but it was the Gamecocks who took set one 25-18.
The second set began with JSU scoring two before the Eagles set the tone for the remainder of the set by going on a seven-point run.
Although the Gamecocks managed to score 19, the Eagles won the set with 25. The last two sets were both close throughout the duration. The Eagles took both by 25, but the Gamecocks were close on their heels with 22 in the third set and 21 in the last set.
Despite JSU only having won one of the four sets played, they were close in overall hit percentage. The Eagles hit .254 overall, while the Gamecocks hit .217. The Gamecocks had two players hit doubles in kills.
Zuhlke had 17, while Charis Ludtke had 14. Newcomer Mandee Eberle recorded nine kills of her own. Hart had the game-high 41 assists and also had 17 digs on defense. Kirk also recorded 14 digs.
The Gamecocks fall to 11-15 overall with a 2-6 record in the OVC. They will play Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky again, this time on their home turf, beginning Oct. 23.