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Volleyball opens strong at Central Arkansas Invite


Jacksonville State's women's volleyball team took part in the Central Arkansas Invitational last weekend.

The Gamecocks cruised through their first day of matches, sweeping both Jackson State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In the opening game against Jackson State, JSU posted a season high 15 blocks. Sophomore Nicole Merget from Canton, MI was responsible for a team-high 11 blocks for the first day.

In the second match, Jacksonville State turned up the offense as Hivya Leite, Kelsey Anderson, Jen Meyer and Nicole Merget all recorded more than seven kills. The Gamecocks finished the match with a season high 13 aces against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

On Sunday, JSU struggled winning the first two sets against South Dakota (25-16, 25-23) but the Coyotes fought back in the third set, which was tied at 25 and went back and forth before South Dakota finally took a 31-29 win. The Coyotes would win the last two sets to beat the Gamecocks 3-2.

The final match against the host school, undefeated Central Arkansas, saw the Gamecocks give a good fight, but JSU was unable to hand UCA its first loss of the season.

JSU's next matches are this weekend in the Purdue Active Ankle Challenge.

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