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Friday 19 October 2018
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Landon Jones : Outstanding Georgia Southern Eagle

story by Cindy Reid     photos by Nelson LaPorte
The first annual Georgia Southern University GUSPY Awards, presented by the Student- Athlete Committee, took place in April 2018 to celebrate another great year of Eagle Athletics. As voted on by their peers, the inaugural GUSPY Awards honored those who had standout seasons on the field and in the classroom.  Pooler’s own Landon Jones was voted Female Freshman Athlete of the Year for her outstanding season on the women’s volleyball team. She also was honored with being named to the 2017-18 Sun Belt Commissioner’s List. Here’s why:
Georgia Southern Freshman (2017):
• Played in 80 sets and 25 matches
• Posted 250 assists, 144 digs and 19 aces
• Averaged 1.80 digs and 3.13 assists per set • Collected 10 digs against IUPUI
• Had a season-high 34 assists against Savannah State (10/10) • Had 28 assists against UTA (10/12) • Posted 27 assists and a season-high 22 digs against Appalachian State (11/3) • Had 25 assists and 10 digs against Georgia State (11/8)
• Collected 25 assists and eight digs at Georgia State (11/11).
Not surprising as Landon has been making her mark as an outstanding volleyball player for years. She came to Georgia Southern fresh off a stellar high school career at Savannah Christian. Take a look at these stats and awards:
Prep: Lettered four seasons for Julie Jones at Savannah Christian • 2016 A All-State Co-Player of the Year after tallying 273 kills, 307 digs and 35 aces while hitting .225 • Three-time first team all-state and three-time all-area Player of the Year
• Four-time Savannah News first-team Best of the Prep selection and Player of the Year • Owns school records with 1,074 kills, 870 digs and 264 aces • Played on Club Savannah.
Landon says she loves playing volleyball because “I am such a competitive person and you always compete in the gym. Plus there is always something you can improve on.” You might notice that Landon Jones played for Julie Jones at Savannah Christian. That’s right- Julie Jones is Landon’s mother. Landon says, “Everyone always asks about that! It was interesting at points and we could get under each other’s skin at times but it was great overall. I wish I could go back and do it all over again!”
When asked as to the difference between high school and college athletics Landon says, “The time commitment. Being on a team can feel like a full time job between working out, practices and games. In season, we practice Monday through Friday for two and a half hours a day, and we lift weights MondayWednesday and Fridays if we aren’t travelling.” And the Eagles do travel. Already this year they have been to West Virginia and Minnesota and will soon be playing in North Carolina. Landon says, “We definitely get to see the country!”
Landon says she loves being an athlete and student at Georgia Southern. She says,” I started talking to Georgia Southern when I was a high school freshman and I made an official commitment when I was a junior.  I was recruited as a DS, defense specialist, but when I got to Georgia Southern freshman year they had me playing Setter, which was a new position for me. But I was to help the team in any way I could. I am only five foot six inches but height has never been an issue for me. I can jump pretty well – I can hit thirty inches in a vertical jump.”   She says that “The most common misconception of volleyball is you have to be super tall. Not true! There are tons of ‘shorty’ players’ like me that play at the college level.”
College Life
Landon says she was originally interested in the nursing program but is currently an Exercise science major. She says, “I may go to PA, physician’s assistant, school at some point.” She says she never thought she would be interested in coaching but “The older I get the more I can see it as a way to stay involved in the sport.”
A sophomore this year, Landon lives off campus in an apartment with three other volleyball players. The best feature of off campus living? “The pool!” For R&R, Landon says she likes “just being in the sun! Beach or pool I love them both. And hanging out with my teammates because they make it all worthwhile.”
Pooler Girl
Born in Savannah, Georgia to Julie and Jeff Jones, Landon is third generation Pooler.  The whole family is athletic- younger sister Logan plays high school volleyball, mom Julie is the women’s volleyball coach at Savannah Christian and father Jeff played basketball at Georgia College and State University.
Favorite place at home? She laughs and says “It has to be the restaurant ‘Seasons of Japan.’ My family and I always go there when I am home. One of the reasons I chose Georgia Southern is that it was so close to Pooler. I really like being with my family and being close to home.”
For further information on Georgia Southern athletics:
https://gseagles.com




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