Lady Tigers defeat JSU 3-0

As fans entered the Men’s Gym on Wednesday, they saw a dominant force there. The Lady Tigers Volleyball team defeated Jackson State 3-0. The Lady Tigers had won their third straight game. "We proved to them that we are better than them," said Philana Hemlee. The Lady Tigers had previously been defeated by Jackson State earlier in the season. "To get this victory here, it was needed," said Kim Young, head coach. Young also substituted a lot of new faces into the game, giving nearly everyone a chance to play. "To bring them in and have everyone contribute to a victory is good. It helps build confidence." The confidence showed as the players walked off the court. "We let them think they are really good, and we proved that they aren’t," said a confident Hemlee. The Lady Tigers played more unified, and it showed. "We finally molded as a team," said Chelsey Lucas, team captain. "We played as the number one team in the SWAC." The fans definitely gave the Lady Tigers a lift, cheering them on to victory. The fans even did the famous "Wave" during breaks. Fans also had a chance to win items if they could serve a ball to a particular spot on the court. "I love the fans," said Young. "I appreciate all of them. They are a strong force at home." That force also seems to push the Lady Tigers to play harder. "They motivate the team," said Lacey Cormier. "We get more intense when the crowd gets into the game." Lucas also agrees. "The fans are what our motivation is," she said. "They came to see us so we need to give them a show." The Lady Tigers definitely put on a show as Miss Freshman Courtney Dupree attended her first GSU volleyball game. "I’m very happy and excited," Dupree said. "They played a good game and didn’t give up. They fought hard to the end and came away with a great win." "After the game we played tonight, I’m looking for a great season and hopefully, we’ll be SWAC Champs," Dupree added. The Lady Tigers, now 7-9, expect the one thing out of this season. "Championship," said Cormier. "I think we have what it takes to get a championship." The next game will have the Lady Tigers in Baton Rouge, facing conference rival Southern on Oct. 3. The next home game will be Oct. 10 at 6:30 in the Men’s Memorial Gymnasium.