The first set was tied 6-6 when sophomore Nicole Merget hit a kill to give the Gamecocks a 7-6 lead that sparked a small rally for JSU.
The Gamecocks soon had an 11-6 and extended that to 14-8 after freshmanTaylor Long’s kill.
With assists coming from sophomore Alina Agamy, JSU built a 20-13 lead and held on to win the first set 25-23.
The Second set between the two squads was extremely close, never getting more than four points apart. Eastern Kentucky took a slight early lead but the score was tied at 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17.
Hivya Leite, senior from Cabedelo, Brazil, kept the Gamecocks even with the Colonels with a series of kills.
EKU would edge out to a 23-19 lead and hold on to the 25-22 win to even the match 1-1.
In the third set JSU took a 3-2 lead after senior Jen Meyer’s kill and held the lead for most of the match. However, the Colonels stayed close and took their first lead of the set at 20-19.
JSU quickly evened the score at 20 but eventually fell by the same score of set two, 25-22.
In a must-win match for the Gamecocks, Merget and Leite sparked Jax State to a quick 11-5 lead. EKU slowly fought back and tied the set at 19, but a kill by Taylor Long put the Gamecocks back on top and on their way to a 25-23 win, forcing a fifth set.
In that fifth set Jen Meyer began the scoring with her kill, and the rest of the Gamecocks followed as JSU finished with an impressive 15-3 set win to win the match 3-2.
Hivya Leite recorded her first career double-double while Nicole Merget finished with a career high in kills with 18.
Alina Agama out of Blooming, IN. had a career high 54 kills and nine digs. The transfer from Alabama, Kelsey Anderson led the defense with 33 digs followed by junior Abbey Heredia with 14.