Dates: Oct. 12th and 13th
Match Time: 6 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Opponents: Tennessee State and Belmont
Site (Venue): Nashville, Tenn. (Kean Hall and Curb Event Center)
Live Stats: TSU | Belmont
MSU Record (Streak): 9-9, 3-3 OVC (W3)
TSU Record (Streak): 7-10, 5-1 OVC (L1)
Belmont Record Streak: 1-17, 1-5 OVC (W1)
All-Time Series vs. TSU (Streak): 46-10 (W5)
All-Time Series vs. Belmont (Streak): 8-4 (W2)
MSU Next Matches: Oct. 19 vs. Tennessee Tech and Oct. 20 vs. Jacksonville State
The Murray State volleyball team heads to The Music City to take on Tennessee State and Belmont. MSU will battle the Tigers, Friday evening before hitting the court with the Bruins, Saturday afternoon.
After sweeping SIU Edwardsville the day before, the Murray State volleyball team returned to Racer Arena and took down Eastern Illinois in straight sets to get back to .500 overall (9-9) and in the OVC (3-3). Rachel Giustino recorded two double-doubles, racking up 31 kills and 31 digs in the two matches and Becca Fernandez led the Racers with 34 digs. Callie Anderton also stuffed the stat sheet as she dished out 74 assists in the two wins.
Home Sweet Home
After winning their first three home matches of 2018, the Racers are now 43-2 at Racer Arena since 2014.
The Racers saw two of their own honored by the Ohio Valley Conference, Monday, as junior Rachel Giustino was named Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore Becca Fernandez claimed Defensive Player of the Week. It is the second time in each player’s career they have received the recognition.
In addition to being named OVC Offensive Player of the Week, Rachel Giustino also earned honorable mention status by VolleyMob.com for its National Player of the Week. Katie Forsythe from Loyola Maryland took home the top honor
Murray State currently has the top two kills leaders in the OVC. Junior Rachel Giustino averages 4.27 kills per set, the only player in the OVC to be above four, while senior Dacia Brown is second in the conference, averaging 3.71.
Giustino Closing in on 1K
After a strong performance last weekend, Rachel Giustino sits just 47 kills shy of 1,000 for her career. She would become just the 14th player in Racer history to accomplish the feat.
Scouting Tennessee State
Tennessee State is coming off their first OVC loss to Morehead State after starting conference play with five straight wins. Julia Pierson leads the Tigers in kills, averaging 3.32 kills per set while Laken Te’o averages 9.29 assists per set. As a team, TSU is second in the OVC in blocks with an average of 2.14 blocks per set, led by Rachel Henderson with .90 per set. Gina Rivera Ortiz leads the back line of defense with 4.55 digs per set.
The Bruins are coming off their first win of the season as they defeated Eastern Kentucky in four sets, Saturday. Maggie Mullins leads Belmont with 2.26 kills per set while Akia Warrior paces the team with 6.26 assists per set, followed closely behind by Carly Mason with 6.20 assists. Haley Sullivan leads the team with 3.40 digs and Mackenzie Lepage averages 0.52 blocks. In one of the newer series in the OVC, the Racers lead, 8-4, including the winning the last two, both in five sets