Bulldogs Downed by Georgia Southern
Charleston, S.C. – Behind a pair of double-digit kill performances by Meredith Paskert and Nichole Jeschelnik, South Division Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern earned a 25-13, 26-24, 25-13 victory over The Citadel on Saturday evening at McAlister Field House.
The Cadets (5-23, 0-11 SoCon) were led offensively by the combination of Jessica Maxwell (nine kills) and Rachael Farrell (six kills). Erin Bucherl and Ise d'Angelo anchored the back row with nine and eight digs, respectively. Up front, the Dogs were paced by Lauren Hurt's three assisted blocks, while Amanda Rudnik and Maxwell each finished with two assisted blocks.
Paskert guided the way for the Eagles with 16 kills and with Jeschelnik adding 12 in the contest, Georgia Southern finished with 44 as a team. GSU also got a solid defensive outing from the tandem of Alexandra Beecher (21 digs) and Moriah Bellissimo (16 digs). The Eagles (18-6, 9-1 SoCon) tied The Citadel in assisted blocks, as each team accounted for 10, behind three from Crysten Curry.
With the opening set deadlocked at two, Georgia Southern pieced together a 14-7 run, highlighted by two Paskert kills and six unforced Citadel errors, to assume a 16-9 lead. A kill by Maxwell moved the Bulldogs into double-digits, before GSU answered with a series of kills by Bellissimo to make for an 18-11 score. The Eagles took advantage of five Jeschelnik kills down the stretch to complete the 25-13 victory.
The Citadel came out of the gate strong in the second set, battling through three ties to grab an 8-7 lead on a d'Angelo kill. Georgia Southern responded by scoring 11 of the next 15 points, behind three kills from Paskert and two from Bellissimo, to move in front 18-12. However, the lead quickly evaporated behind Dalton's service game as the Bulldogs scored four straight points to pull within a pair, 18-16. The Citadel continued to apply the pressure, taking advantage of seven Eagle errors over the next 14 points to tie the game at 24-24. But it was GSU's Kate Van Dyke and Paskert that recorded the kills as the Eagles won by a 26-24 margin.
The two teams continued the back-and-forth battle into the third set, as eight ties among the first 26 points made for a 13-13 score. Georgia Southern scored four straight points to grab the momentum and a 17-13 lead, as the Eagles took advantage of three unforced errors in the process. Kills by Maxwell and d'Angelo were not enough down the stretch to detour the Georgia Southern 25-16 win.
The Citadel returns to action on Sunday afternoon when the Bulldogs host Davidson at 3 p,m. at McAlister Field House. For more information on Bulldog Volleyball, go to the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.