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Rough start for volleyball in Challenge


The Gamecocks had tough luck at the Purdue Active Ankle Challenge in West Lafayette, IN over last weekend.

Jacksonville State opened against #14 ranked host school Purdue. The Boilermakers took the first set on their home court, but the Gamecocks took the next set to extras and won 27-25 to even the match 1-1. Purdue would rebound though and take the following two sets to win the match and move to 7-2 on the season.

Freshman Emily Rutherford led the Gamecocks with eight kills followed by Hivya Leite with seven and Kaley Sierawski who had six kills.

In the second game against Bowling Green, the Gamecocks looked to be getting off to a better start, winning the first set in thrilling fashion. Senior Kelsey Anderson provided a kill that tied the match at 25. JSU took the lead on Nicole Merget's kill and then won the match on Kelly Cole's following ace.

The Falcons didn't falter though and took the next sets to win the match and leave JSU with two losses on day one.

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