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Volleyball competes in GATA challenge in Statesboro

<p>Senior Brittany Major spikes the ball at the top of the net over Georgia Southern blockers.</p><p><strong><br/><br/><br/></strong></p>

Senior Brittany Major spikes the ball at the top of the net over Georgia Southern blockers.

Mercer’s Volleyball team traveled to Statesboro, Georgia to play in the Georgia Southern Tournament “Gata Challenge” Sept. 17 and 18.

The Georgia Southern University Eagles, Alabama State University Hornets and University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans all competed with the Mercer Bears at the Hanner Fieldhouse.

The Bears' first match Sept. 17 came against USC Upstate, where Mercer lost by a score of 0-3. The match scores were 25-21, 25-18 and 25-16.

Taylor Lynch and Brittany Major led the team offensively with eight kills each, according to Mercer Athletics. Megan Smith led defensively with 15 digs. Both Agnieska Paskevic and Emma Jose led the team with 11 assists.

Five hours later, the Bears played against the Eagles. The match result was the same for Mercer as the team suffered a 0-3 loss. The set scores were 25-20, 25-20 and 25-10. Lynch led the team again on offense, registering five kills and 11 digs. Paskevic led in assists with 12.

The following day Mercer defeated Alabama State winning 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-22). Lynch and Major both led the way on offense with 9 kills. Paskevic led with 36 assists while Smith led with 13 digs.

Major received All-Tournament honors after finishing with 21 kills, 10 digs and 4 blocks in the tournament.

For the remainder of the season, Mercer will only play other teams in the Southern Conference. The first conference game will take place at home in Hawkins Arena against the Citadel Bulldogs Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.


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