JACKSONVILLE – At the halfway point of the ASUN conference season, the Gamecocks will travel to Jacksonville, Florida to take on three East Division opponents in the second ASUN Crossover event of the season riding a six-game win streak.
JSU will take on Jacksonville University at 5 p.m. CST Friday before taking on Liberty at 5 p.m. CST Saturday. The crossover will conclude with the Gamecocks taking on Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Entering the ninth week of conference play the Gamecocks are 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the league, currently in first place of the ASUN West Division and just second in the conference overall behind undefeated FGCU (8-0). The Gamecocks .810-win percentage in the 25th highest in the NCAA and highest in the ASUN. In addition, JSU is 87th in the latest RPI rankings. Only FGCU (57) and North Florida (66) have higher RPI rankings.
Jacksonville is 4-16 on the season and 1-7 in the ASUN, sitting at the bottom of the East Division standings. The Dolphins have dropped their last five matches, falling most recently to Liberty, 1-3.
Liberty is 7-8 overall on the season and sits one spot ahead Jacksonville with a 3-5 league record. Liberty 3-1 win over Jacksonville last week snapped a losing streak. Overall, on the season the Flames are 4-0 in neutral site contests.
Florida Gulf Coast is the only undefeated team remaining in the ASUN with an 8-0 record. Overall, the Eagles are 16-4 and have one nine games in a row. FGCU’s last loss was on Sept. 17 to Miami 0-3.
In this weekend’s crossover event, the Gamecocks will face Liberty and Florida Gulf Coast for the first time while it will be the ninth all-time matchup against Jacksonville. The Dolphins leads the series 1-7.
At the halfway point of conference play, the Gamecocks currently lead the ASUN with a .266 hit percentage, ranking 23rd in NCAA Division I. When factoring in the number of sets played, JSU holds the third highest hit percentage in the nation among teams who played 70 sets or more, just behind Syracuse (.269) and Towson (.279). Zoe Gonzales led the Gamecocks and the ASUN with a .427 hit percentage and is 13th in the nation. Kindermann is fourth in the ASUN, hitting .356 on the season with 256 kills – the third most in the league. Kindermann leads all player in the ASUN who have recorded at least 500 attacks on the season, she is also second in NCAA Division I. As a team the Gamecocks are second in the ASUN with 998 kills and are averaging 13.67 per set, a league high. Kindermann is second in kills per set overall with 3.71, just behind Emily Shomaker of Florida Gulf Coast (3.79). Kindermann has surpassed the .500 hit percentage mark with at least 20 attacks on six occasions this season and has hit .650 or better on 20 or more attacks twice. Her .667 mark against Purdue Fort Wayne is tied for the 19th best overall in the NCAA this season on 20 or more attacks. It was a career-high and the fourth highest mark in program history.
Senior Setter Lexie Libs has been a mainstay of the Gamecock offense under Head Coach Todd Garvey. Libs has amassed 3,874 career assists which ranks in the top-10 of active career leaders across the NCAA. She is 22nd nationally and first in the ASUN with 10.78 assists per set. Libs also leads the conference as is 27th nationally with 733 total assists. In the most recent week of ASUN play Libs totaled 88 assists, averaging 14.6 per set. Libs has led a Gamecock squad that leads the ASUN with 12.44 assists per set and is hitting .266 with 13.67 kills per set. Libs’ 46 assists in a three-set sweep over Lipscomb was a three-set career-high and the fifth highest mark in program history. Throughout her time at JSU Libs has recorded six of the top ten three-set assists totals in program history.
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