NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a straight sets win over Tennessee Tech on Tuesday, the Tigers return to the court to take on Jacksonville State.
The two teams met two weeks ago, with the Gamecocks downing the Tigers, 3-0. Junior Naomi Wells paced TSU with 17 kills and 13 digs, for a double-double performance. Setter Erika Moss joined Wells with a double-double of her own picking up 39 assists and 20 digs.
Tennessee State took Jacksonville State the distance in each set before falling, 25-21, 26-24, 30-28. Kacy Clinkenbeard led the Gamecocks attack, finishing with 15 kills.
Coach Kathy Roulhac’s team comes in to the weekend off of an impressive performance in a three set sweep over OVC rival Tennessee Tech.
Wells racked up 11 assists in the contest and freshman Arijana Adnerson tallied nine kills of her own in the victory. Defensively junior Sherryce Butler added five blocks, three coming in the final frame.
On the year, Wells has racked up 226 kills for an average of 3.69 kills per set. The Huntsville, Ala. native season totals rank first in points (4.23 points per set) and second in kills in the OVC. Erika Moss continues to be one of the elite setters in the conference averaging the third best assists per set average in the conference (10.10).
Jacksonville State comes off a conference weekend where the Gamecocks dropped two matches to Eastern division leader Morehead State and contender Eastern Kentucky.
Emily Rutherford tallied 26 kills over the weekend including a 17 kill performance against Eastern Kentucky. Rutherford paired her 17 kill performance with 15 digs to record a double-double.
With 255 kills on the year and an average of 3.27 kills per set, Rutherford ranks sixth in the OVC.
Defensively the Gamecocks are holding opponents to a hitting percentage of .184 the second best number in the conference. Jacksonville State’s defense is aided by their ability to dig out offensive attacks, averaging 17.15 digs per frame, the third best average in the OVC.
The match is slated for Friday with first serve set for 7 p.m. in Kean Hall.