Dogs Face Offensive Woes against Georgia Southern
Statesboro, Ga. – The Citadel volleyball team struggled to find its offensive rhythm in the weekend opener at Georgia Southern, who completed a three-game sweep by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-13 at Hanner Field House on Friday evening.
Senior Rachael Farrell led the Bulldogs with eight kills, while Ise d'Angelo added three. Teammate Amanda Rudnik highlighted the back row defense with seven digs, while Lauren Hurt tallied a solo block and an assisted block for the Dogs. The Citadel falls to 2-15 overall and 0-3 in Southern Conference action.
The Georgia Southern tandem of Kym Coley (12 kills) and Kayla Henderson (11 kills) was integral in a unit that posted 49 kills and a .389 attack percentage. Setter Kate Van Dyke dished out 33 assists and Alexandra Beecher tallied 21 digs. The Eagles (12-5. 3-0 SoCon) totaled 12 assisted blocks, led by Moriah Bellissimo's four.
The host Eagles quickly assumed control of the opening set, jumping out to an early 0-2 lead following a series of kills by Van Dyke, Meredith Paskert and Coley. Despite kills by Farrell and Jessica Maxwell, the Georgia Southern lead ballooned to 20-9. The Citadel answered with kills by Hurt and Mikaela Tracy, trimming the margin to 20-12, but only mustered strikes by Farrell and d'Angelo down the stretch to make for the 25-16 count.
The Citadel responded to the challenged in the second set, converting three kills by Farrell and points in serve by d'Angelo and Erin Bucherl into a 6-6 tie. Georgia Southern grabbed the momentum with a kill by Henderson, the first of three in an 11-4 run, to assume a 20-10 advantage. Farrell converted a pass from Tracy into the Dogs 11th point, but it was kills down the stretch by Henderson, Coley, Van Dyke and Bellissimo that made for the 25-14 decision.
The two teams again opened strong, splitting the first six points of the third set. Bellissimo collected two service aces and sparked a 15-6 Eagles run as they moved in front 18-9. A kill by d'Angelo put The Citadel in double figures, but the Dogs managed just two additional points in the 25-13 loss.
The Cadets continue their road swing on a Saturday match against Davidson at 2 p.m. For more information on Bulldog Volleyball, go to the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.