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Local Roundup: GSU volleyball loses 2 on opening day

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Georgia Southern volleyball team lost two matches against two of the top teams in the country on the opening day of the 2014 season in the Active Ankle Challenge at the University of Florida Friday.
    The Eagles fell 3-0 to the No. 10 Gators yesterday afternoon and lost a 3-1 decision to Oklahoma, which is receiving votes in the top-25 poll, Friday evening.
    Junior Katie Bange posted a career-high 17 kills to lead the Eagles in the nightcap, while senior Kym Coley notched 16 kills in the two matches combined, including nine against the Sooners.
    The Eagles play their final match of the weekend when they take on Idaho Saturday at noon in the O’Connell Center.

GSU men's soccer opens season with win at Gardner-Webb
    BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Georgia Southern men’s soccer opened the 2014 season on a winning note Friday evening with a 2-1 triumph over Gardner-Webb in the season opener for both sides. The Eagles got two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game and were able to defend over the next 80 minutes to take the victory.
    Emmanuel Raji drew first blood in the third minute of the match, putting the Eagles up 1-0. An Ethan LaPan pass sprung the junior attacker down the flank, where Raji was able to tuck the ball into the bottom corner of the net past the goalkeeper.
    The Eagles face Winthrop in the final day of the SoCon/Big South Challenge.
GSU women's soccer knocks off Indiana for first win over a Big Ten team
    AUBURN, Ala. — Behind a pair of first-half goals from Melinda Lukas, Georgia Southern women’s soccer took a 2-1 win over Indiana in the opening game of the Auburn Soccer Classic. The victory avenged a 5-0 loss to the Hoosiers last season and was the program’s first win over a Big Ten opponent. Georgia Southern improves to 3-0 on the season entering Sunday’s match against Auburn.
    The Eagles are now 7-16 all-time against Power Five opponents and took their first P5 win since Sept. 15, 2000, against Mississippi State.

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