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Clean sweep for Jax State Volleyball at ISTAP


The Jacksonville State volleyball team swept four teams over two days of play in the ISTAP Collegiate Cup Tournament.

The Gamecocks began their sweep against 0-9 Savannah State.

It was balanced offense that was the name of the game against Savannah State. Leading with 18 kills was Abbey Heredia with Kelly Cole adding to the numbers with 13 digs. Kacy Clinkenbeard had eight kills while Nicole Merget and Liza Pflugradt had six apiece.

The Gamecocks hit .324 and held Savannah State to a -.054 hitting percentage on the day.

They won the three sets 25-5, 25-14, and finally 25-21.

Their next match was against Arkansas Pine-Bluff who came into the tournament 4-6.

It was Nicole Merget who led the day against the Lions with 12 kills. She set a new career best with her .625 hitting percentage.

It was again a story of balance on offense as the Gamecocks burst forth with several different players recording at least one kill on the day.

JSU won their three sets 25-14, 25-12, and finally with a 25-6 victory to seal the deal.

Saturday saw the Gamecocks return to action to face off with New Orleans and Alabama State, who was hosting the tournament.

JSU quickly got back to work with sophomore Emily Rutherford leading against New Orleans. She recorded 13 kills with Nicole Merget not being far behind with 10. On defense Kelly Cole had 13 digs and Grace Anbouba had 10.

The Gamecocks held New Orleans to a .057 hitting percentage and won the sets 25-20, 25-16, and 25-11. Then they moved on to face their final opponent, host Alabama State.

It was again Rutherford who pushed forward with 15 kills and 10 digs to add to her numbers on the day. She also posted a .462 attack percentage.

Then Abbey Heredia also assisted in lifting JSU to victory with 34 kills and an offense that had a .319 hitting percentage. The Gamecocks defeated the Hornets in their sets 25-16, 25-19, and 25-19.

Jacksonville State swept the ISTAP Collegiate Cup Tournament winning the title for the second year in a row. Jax State moved to 6-6 on the year.

They will return to playing action against Coastal Carolina in the Lady Vol Comcast Classic on Sept. 20. They will then take on host Tennessee and finish up with Georgia Tech on Sept. 21.

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