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Eagles bash CMU in tourney opener

Bash in the Boro
Friday's Scores
    Central Michigan 3, Jackson State 0
    Charleston Southern 3, Jackson State 0
    Georgia Southern 3, Central Michigan 0
Today's Games
10 a.m.

    Central Michigan vs. Charleston Southern
    Jackson State vs. Georgia Southern
7 p.m.
    Charleston Southern vs. Georgia Southern

    Every time Central Michigan put together a rally, the Georgia Southern Eagles shut it down.
    GSU swept the visiting Chippewas 3-0 in its opening game of the Bash in the Boro tournament on Friday in Hanner Fieldhouse.
    With the Eagles (10-2) feeling little adversity in the first two frames, Central Michigan (5-6) stormed back in the third set, taking a 22-21 lead before GSU closed out the 26-24 win.
    “I let them go a little bit,” GSU coach Dustin Wood said. “I maybe should have called a timeout, but we had to test their character at some point. They handled themselves well.”
    With the score knotted 24-24, the Eagles got a kill from Jamie DeRatt and an attack error by CMU after a block by GSU’s Crysten Curry and Nicole Jeschelnik to preserve the sweep.
    “It’s the little things that we did well,” Wood said. “Those are big plays to win, and we will not be out hustled in here.”
The Chippewas made a run in the third set to overcome a five-point deficit, trailing 17-12 digging back in to take a 22-21 lead on back-to-back attack errors by the Eagles.
    “With that team, the energy was really there so we had to bring our ‘A’ game,” DeRatt said. “They ran some criss-cross and some things we haven’t seen before, but we came in prepared for what we were going to see.”
    Central Michigan led only twice in the entire match, taking a 5-4 lead in the first set due to an unforced attack error by DeRatt.
    The Eagles answered with a fury, scoring 10 of the next 11 points.
    The Chippewas hung around, cutting the GSU lead to 22-21 on a kill by Hallie Enderle, but the door was slammed when Jeschelnik scored with a kill and Lauren LaRoque closed out the set with back-to-back aces for a 25-21 set.
    The Eagles opened with a 9-3 lead in the second set, and never looked back.
    Central Michigan’s Kelly Maxwell entered the day No. 13 in the nation in the assist catagory and lived up to her billing, leading the game with 29 assists. Katalin Minnerly nearly matched her with 28.
    Jeschelnik led GSU with 13 kills and DeRatt added 11.
    The Eagles will look for their fourth-straight tournament win today when they face Jackson State at noon and Charleston Southern at 7 p.m., to close out the tournament.

Central Michigan 3, Jackson State 0
    Jackson State had no answer for Central Michigan in the opening game of Georgia Southern’s Bash in the Boro tournament Friday morning, falling 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-15) to the Chippewas.
    Kelly Maxwell set the tone with 23 assists in the first two sets and Melissa Fuchs recorded a match-high 13 kills.

Charleston So. 3, Jackson State 0
    Jackson State (1-13) had no more luck in the second game of its Friday doubleheader, losing once again in straight sets to Charleston Southern, 25-23, 25-14, 25-14.
    Cassidey Greer recorded 34 assists, the most for any player on the day, and Siraya Windsor notched 15 kills for CSU (5-7).

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.