Jamie DeRatt had a career-high 20 kills and added six digs to lead Georgia Southern to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-22) volleyball victory over Charleston Southern in the final match of the Bash in the Boro in Hanner Fieldhouse Saturday night.
It was the Eagles’ second victory of the day after defeating Jackson State 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-20) in the afternoon and gave Georgia Southern its fourth tournament title of the season. The Eagles have now won 25 of their last 28 matches, dating back to last season.
DeRatt hit .395 with just five errors in 38 swings, and Katalin Minnerly finished with 41 assists and five digs. Nicole Jeschelnik posted nine kills, three aces and nine digs, and the senior’s jump serve proved very difficult to handle as the Eagles scored 13 points on it, including eight in the second set.
“Everything just clicked with my serve tonight,” said Jeschelnik. “The toss was good, and I was able to completely run into it. I’m just glad I could help get the team going.”
Jeschelnik was named to the all-tournament team along with Crysten Curry (six kills tonight) and Katie Bange, who was named MVP. Bange had 15 kills in the two matches today and hit .366 for the tournament.
Meredith Parrott led Charleston Southern (5-9) with eight kills and all-tournament selection Kayla Klinger posted six kills and five digs. The Eagles hit .327 as a team against the Buccaneers, including .485 in the first set.
Christina Vereb notched 15 kills, five digs and two blocks to lead Georgia Southern to the win over Jackson State. Bange had nine kills and two blocks, and Minnerly collected 27 assists. Alexandra Beecher notched a match-high eight digs. Kennede Banks led Jackson State (1-14) with eight kills.
The Eagles open Southern Conference play with a pair of matches at home next weekend, and Jeschelnik along with the other Eagles are pretty happy with where they are.
“I don’t think we need to change anything,” she said. “We need to work on our passing because sometimes that gets out of hand. We’re pretty good at when we make an error, talking about it, fixing it and moving on from there.”
Elon makes its trip to Hanner Fieldhouse Friday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m., and the Eagles welcome UNCG Saturday at 2 p.m. on Alumni Day.