Volleyball Handles James Madison, 3-0, to Open Wingate Inn Classic
Georgia Southern hit .325 for the match led by Bethany Sanford (Avondale, Ariz.) with 11 kills. The sophomore outside hitter was followed by Hannah Nelson (Norcross, Ga.) and Moriah Bellissimo (Blackstone, Va.) with six kills each. Freshman Kate Van Dyke (Shawnee, Kan.) continues to lead the Eagles in assists, posting 28 against James Madison.
James Madison was held to a .161 opening set attack percentage as the Eagles jumped out with an early lead. The Dukes tied the match at 10-all, but a 9-4 Eagle run opened the score to 19-14. James Madison would get to within two at 20-18, but Georgia Southern closed out the set with a 5-1 run.
Up one set in the match, Georgia Southern showed a repeat performance in the second stanza. James Madison was forced to take two timeouts as the Eagles held a steady lead after a 6-all tie. Holding as big a lead as seven at 20-13, Georgia Southern would take the second set, 20-19, heading into intermission with a 2-0 match lead.
Georgia Southern closed out the match hitting a game-high .346 from the floor in the third set. The Dukes took the early lead before the Eagles tied the set at 11-all and took the final advantage. Georgia Southern put together a 7-3 run to hold an 18-14 lead. Following a James Madison timeout at 22-19, the Dukes recorded their last kill of the game to pull to within two points, 22-20, but three Duke errors secured the set and match for the Eagles at 25-20.
Georgia Southern takes a short break and returns to the court tonight at 7:30 p.m. to take on host school Winthrop. The Eagles then close out the Wingate Inn Classic on Saturday at 11 a.m. facing off against Gardner-Webb.
- Category: Volleyball
- Published on Friday, 18 September 2009 13:22