Volleyball Prepares for Three Road Tests
Georgia Southern (15-7, 6-1) is fresh off a pair of sweeps over the top two teams in the SoCon North Division, bypassing UNC Greensboro and Elon in three sets each. Entering the weekend, the Eagles lead the league in hitting percentage (.268), assists (12.30 aps) and kills (13.25 kps), and stand in second place in the South Division. For her performance over the weekend, junior Parker Small (Charlotte, N.C.) was named the Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Small hit .758 with no errors while collecting 25 kills for a 4.17 kills per set average. Sophomore setter Kate Van Dyke (Shawnee, Kan.) leads the team and conference with a 10.57 assists per set average, while junior Bethany Sanford (Avondale, Ariz.) paces the Eagle offense with a 3.51 kills per set average.
Davidson (13-11, 4-3) closes out a three-match homestand welcoming the Eagles Thursday night. The Wildcats split the last two matches at home, defeating Elon 3-1 before falling to UNC Greensboro by the same margin. Sarabeth Peele paces the offense with a 3.36 kills per set average, while Hayley Lawson fuels the attack with an 8.59 assists per set average. Jennifer Chamblee anchors the defense owning a 3.20 digs per set average.
Western Carolina (6-17, 1-7) has dropped the past five consecutive matches, most recently falling to Wofford, 3-0. The Catamounts are led by Paloma Alvarez and Amanda Chaparro with 2.87 and 2.38 kills per set averages, respectively. With a 6.74 assists per set average, Emily Franklin leads the team, while Morgan Cochran defends the backcourt with a 4.16 digs per set average.
The Eagles close out the three-match road stretch at Appalachian State on Sunday. The Mountaineers bring a 14-7 overall record and 5-3 SoCon mark into weekend competition and will welcome Davidson on Saturday before Georgia Southern visits the next day. Five Mountaineers average two or more kills a set to lead the offense, while a 5.79 assists per set average from Kasey Sauls leads the team from the setter position. Courtney Rhein owns a 4.71 digs per set average to pace the defense.
Fans can follow all three matches via live stats and live video. Live stats for the Appalachian State match can be accessed through www.GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com, while the Davidson and Western Carolina matches are available from each school’s official athletics website.
Score updates for all Georgia Southern Volleyball matches will be available at twitter.com/GSScores and fans can get updated information on facebook.com/GSAthletics. Complete coverage of the Eagles can be found at www.GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com.
- Category: Volleyball
- Published on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 17:41