UNIVERSITY PARK, IL – Throwing down enough aces to make a professional poker player envious, Governors State won its home opener for the second straight year.
GSU rolled to a 25-3, 25-15, 25-14 victory over Silver Lake Friday evening, unleashing a service game that generated a school-record 24 aces at the Athletics and Recreation Center.
GSU's Milica Maras was particularly devastating from behind the service line, nailing her jump serve to the tune of 13 aces, including seven in a row during the third set. The dearth of any sustainable volleys during the match produced some anomalies on the stat sheet. GSU needed just 19 kills, 13 digs and a block to record its third sweep of the season, improving to 4-1 overall.
"I'm not sure how much of a flow we had in this match, but we were pleased to be able to get all our players valuable court time," said GSU Head Coach Pedro Gonzalez afterwards. "We took charge from the get go and really never let up."
Ashley Pickert was used sparingly in the match, finishing with three kills. She did, however, become the school's all-time leader in that category. GSU used its entire 14-person roster, which included the collegiate debut of freshman Myera Cartman.
The Jaguars face their toughest test of the young season on Tuesday, opening conference play against CCAC tournament champion St. Francis in Joliet.