MONTGOMERY, Ala. (jsugamecocksports.com) – The Jacksonville State volleyball team kept the record-setting non-conference start rolling on Tuesday night with a 25-15, 25-10, 25-13 sweep of the Alabama State Hornets.
Graduate transfer Sophie Riemersma led the Gamecocks with her season-best 12 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Also setting a new mark in her Gamecock career, Ava Heyne added seven kills and hit .600 for the evening. Five Gamecocks overall hit .500-or-better, including Senior Katie Montgomery with eight kills and a .600 clip.
JSU (10-0) entered the night as one of 10 teams unbeaten in Division I volleyball, and looked the part as they cruised to a road victory over ASU (1-9). The Gamecocks improved their all-time mark against to Hornets to 16-0.
JSU slowly gained separation in the opening set to build a 12-8 advantage to force an ASU timeout. From there, the Gamecocks turned up the pressure en route to a 25-15 victory. Senior libero Erin Carmichael, who finished with six digs, gave JSU a spark early in the second with back-to-back aces. Heyne later recorded consecutive kills as JSU grabbed momentum early in a 25-10 set win.
In the final frame, Montgomery took control with four big kills and a combined block with senior Kylee Quigley, who shined all-around inside Lockhart Gymnasium. Quigley posted a team-high 11 digs, matching her performance against Nicholls last Friday. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native, finished with six assists, five kills and two aces.
Running the blistering offense that hit .484 combined, Claire Ochs had 21 assists, before Maddie Stayer entered to dish nine in the final set.
Jax State returns home this weekend to put its perfect record to the test during the JSU Invitational at Pete Mathews Coliseum. The Gamecocks will face Jackson State and Southern Miss on Friday, before a marquee matchup with Auburn on Saturday night. Like JSU, the Tigers have yet to lose a match to begin 2022. Admission is free to all JSU home volleyball matches.
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