Eagles Sweep Hatters, 3-0, in Holiday Inn Invitational
“I thought we followed last night’s performance with a good effort this morning,” said Eagle head coach Chad Callihan. “We maintained a level of consistency throughout the match despite the number of substitutions we made testing different line-ups. Last season, we would have struggled with that, but this morning I thought we did a good job with it.”
The Eagles used 13 of their 15-man roster to put forth the sweep over the Hatters. Georgia Southern came out strong in the opening set, taking control of the match early on. Off 12 digs, the Eagles hit a match-high .452 from the floor to take the opening stanza, 25-18 from the Hatters. Moriah Bellissimo (Blackstone, Va.) and Lauren Claybaugh (Danville, Calif.) each contributed four kills to the Eagle effort. Freshman Bellissimo recorded two of her three service aces in the first set.
With an early 8-5 lead in the second set, Georgia Southern went on a 6-0 run to widen its lead to 14-5 before Kaylee Ream nailed one of her four kills in the set. The Eagles’ .321 hitting percentage was backed by Bethany Sanford’s (Avondale, Ariz.) four kills and Kate Van Dyke’s (Shawnee, Kan.) three digs. Georgia Southern closed out the second set, 25-15.
A quick 7-0 run early in the third and final set gave the Eagles an 11-4 advantage. Three service aces and Sanford’s five kill effort allowed Georgia Southern to secure the match win with a 25-14 tilt.
Georgia Southern hit .346 for the match with 39 kills, 38 assists – 31 by Van Dyke – and 32 digs. Stetson hit .050 from the floor led by eight kills from Ream and 13 assists by Kelli Carneal.
In the early morning match, Troy handled Presbyterian College in three sets to push its season record to 2-0. For the match, the Trojans hit .337 to PC’s .137, recorded 45 kills to 35 by the Blue Hose and made 41 assists to PC’s 35.
Final competition of the Holiday Inn Invitational concludes tonight, August 29, with Presbyterian College taking on Stetson in a 5 p.m. match-up. Georgia Southern will close out the tournament facing Troy at 7 p.m. Visit the Holiday Inn Invitational Tournament page to follow all the action and get the most up-to-date scores and information. To view the page, please click here.
- Category: Volleyball
- Published on Saturday, 29 August 2009 15:08