University of South Carolina-Upstate volleyball coach Jennifer Calloway, a Mater Dei High School graduate from Aviston, picked up her 300th career victory recently in the Spartans' victory over North Florida.
Calloway is the daughter of former Mater Dei and Hall of Fame volleyball coach Fred Rakers, who died recently after a battle with cancer.
"This win really showed the character and the heart of these girls, and their resiliency to really get through all the lifetime adversities," said Calloway, Upstate's head coach since 1996 with a career record of 300-276. "I think this a great moment for them to know that they can get through it and we can all get through it with a victory."
The Spartans defeated North Florida 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20.
Mater Dei High graduate Kayla Eversgerd and former Edwardsville standout Lexi Gober each tallied double-doubles on the afternoon for Upstate. Eversgerd, a sophomore outside hitter, finished with a match-high 15 kills to go with 14 digs for her 18th double-double of the season. Gober, a sophomore setter, picked up her 14th double-double on 37 assists and 17 digs.
Shannon Weiss, a sophomore right side hitter from Highland, had 12 kills.
Eversgerd leads Upstate (5-23) with 386 kills. Mater Dei graduate Emily Koelling has 260 kills and a team-high 39 blocks and Weiss has 202 kills. Gober is averaging 8.9 assists and also has a team-high 26 service aces.