Eagle Hitters Shine in Blanking of Davidson
The win is GSU’s fourth in a row, the longest win streak by the program since the start of the 2006 season. The Eagles get back to .500 at 11-11 overall and 5-3 in the Southern Conference. The Wildcats have their three-match win streak ended and drop to 9-12 and 5-4.
“It was a great effort tonight,” said GSU head coach Chad Callihan. “We executed as well as we have all season. I feel like every time we step on the floor right now we’re playing with quite a bit of confidence. We just continue to get better and as a coach that’s what you’re looking for at this point in the season. We still have a long way to go but we’re definitely headed in the right direction.”
Only one Georgia Southern player posted a hitting percentage below .316. Freshman Lauren Claybaugh (Danville, Calif.) led the effort with a team-high 13 kills and one error for a .462 percentage.
“I thought our hitters did a great job,” said Callihan. “The big thing for us was our setter put our hitters in good positions all night. That was something we struggled with a little bit this weekend. Mae (Chabra) put the ball on the money and put our hitters in a position to excel and created a lot of holes and seams for them. Our hitters did a really good job of taking advantage of those holes and seams and not trying to do too much with the ball. We’ve done that at times this year and created some unnecessary errors.”
Chabra (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) had 39 assists and five block assists. Freshman Bethany Sanford (Avondale, Ariz.) tallied her fourth straight double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs.
After taking the first two sets, Georgia Southern fell behind 5-0 to start the third frame but rallied quickly to pull within 5-4. Sanford started the run with a kill and served up three more points, including an ace. The Eagles took the lead for good at 12-11, part of a 7-1 spurt.
“They did a good job of staying composed,” said Callihan. “I wasn’t happy with the way it started but Davidson did some nice things. We did a good job of not getting flustered. Our composure was another sign of a team gaining confidence and feeling comfortable on the court, knowing that they’re down but not out.”
The Eagles return to the court Sunday afternoon hosting Elon at 2 p.m.
- Category: Volleyball
- Published on Tuesday, 14 October 2008 00:14