JACKSONVILLE – With just two weeks remaining in the regular season the Jacksonville State volleyball team will finish the season on the road, beginning with a quick trip to North Alabama on Friday to take on the Lions in Florence.
Friday’s match will be streamed live on ESPN+. Live stats can be found at JSUGamecocksport.com.
The Gamecocks enter the final two weeks of the season 21-5 overall and 11-2 in ASUN play, sitting atop the ASUN West Division. JSU will look to further extend a two-game lead in first place after finishing 2-0 in THE PETE last weekend. The Gamecocks .808-win percentage is the 23rd highest in the NCAA and is the second highest in the ASUN. In addition, JSU is 101st in the latest RPI rankings. Only FGCU (41) and North Florida (58) have higher RPI rankings.
JSU clinched a spot in the conference tournament last week and can clinch the No. 1 seed in the West with a win over North Alabama this week and a win over Central Arkansas next week.
North Alabama enters the match 9-17 overall and 3-10 in the ASUN. The squad pulled out a 3-0 win over Bellarmine last time out, snapping a two-game losing streak. The Lions boast a 4-3 mark in Flowers Hall this season while the Gamecocks are 4-1 on the road.
Overall, North Alabama, leads the all-time series 39-34 which dates back to Division II competition. The Gamecocks won earlier this season, 3-0, in Jacksonville.
With three weeks left in the season, the Gamecocks currently lead the ASUN with a13.94 kills per set and rank 23rd across NCAA Division I. Lena Kindermann is second in kills per set overall with 3.65, just behind Erin Shomaker of Florida Gulf Coast (3.76). JSU also ranks in the top-30 in total kills with 1,127 despite having played just 88 sets. Of the NCAA Division I teams that have played 88 sets or more the Gamecocks are first in kills per set. In addition, the Gamecocks boast the second-best hitting percentage in the ASUN, hitting .266 and ranking 27th overall. When factoring in the number of sets played, JSU holds the highest hit percentage in the nation among teams who have played 88 sets. Zoe Gonzales leads the Gamecocks and the ASUN with a .423 hit percentage and is 11th in the nation. Kindermann is third in the ASUN, hitting .347 on the season with 307 kills – the third most in the league. Kindermann leads all players in the ASUN in hit percentage who have recorded at least 500 attacks on the season, she is also second in NCAA Division I in that regard. 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.
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