MVSU Devilettes clash with Gamecocks

October 20, 2016 in Sports

The Mississippi Link Newswire

Mississippi Valley Devilettes face Texas Southern at 7 p.m. Oct. 20. PHOTO COURTESY OF MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE

Mississippi Valley Devilettes face Texas Southern at 7 p.m. Oct. 20. PHOTO COURTESY OF MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE

The Devilettes of Mississippi Valley State and the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State clashed Oct. 18, on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University. In an intense matchup the Devilettes fell 3-0 to the Gamecocks. In the opening set, Jacksonville took an early two-point lead but a well-placed kill by Megan Jones cut the lead to 2-1.

A side attack by Jones on a pass from Jones tied the set 2-2. An attack error by the Gamecocks took MVSU up by one, Illiya Trahan soared with a kill to lift Mississippi Valley up by two. A service error by the Devilettes forced a side out. JSU took a commanding lead over Mississippi Valley on the next series of plays. The Devilettes climbed back into the contest on a rally of plays, however they were unable to overtake the soaring Gamecocks. The first set ended with a score of 25-14, in favor of Jacksonville State.

The second set started with Mississippi Valley’s Brooklyn Hudson serving. Trahan had a kill that brought ball possession back, although the Jacksonville was up five-points. A service error from Jacksonville was exactly what the Devilettes needed. A double headed block by Brianna Watkins and Trahan added another point to MVSU’s score. The second set ended with a score of 15-25.

Set three started with the Gamecocks losing their possession. With Cynthia Richardson and Marissa Chalmers at the net the free ball from Jacksonville did not stand a chance. A block by Hudson started to close the gap in the score for MVSU. Small errors like a double fault by Jacksonville gave the Devilettes possession. Mississippi Valley played it close, however the third set ended 19-24.