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Nashville, TN – Belmont volleyball finishes its regular season road schedule this weekend as the Bruins are set to travel to Morehead State on Friday followed by a Saturday afternoon contest at Eastern Kentucky.
Belmont (12-12, 8-2 OVC) comes into the weekend having captured three of its last four matches, including three straight Ohio Valley Conference victories, as the Bruins currently sit in second place in the OVC standing right behind Murray State who stands atop the conference with a 9-1 record.
Freshman Arianna Person (Lenexa, KS) continues to lead the Bruins’ offensive attack as the outside hitter paces BU both in total kills (250) and kills per set (3.16). Person also ranks second on the team with 240 digs (3.04/set).
Belmont Women’s Volleyball. (BU Sports Information)
Defensively, libero Ellie Ivancich (Naperville, IL) has accumulated a team-most 291 digs on the season (3.38/set) while senior Alex Martin (Ooltewah, TN) continues to guard the nets up front as the middle blocker has tallied 78 total blocks and is tied with Person with 13 solo attacks.
Ivancich and Martin lead a BU defense that continues to rank at the top in several categories in the OVC. Currently, Belmont ranks third in the conference with 1.94 blocks per set and ranks second in opponent hitting percentage, allowing opposing hitters a .185 clip.
Redshirt Freshman Emma Price (Fort Mill, SC) ranks fourth in the OVC with 10.08 assists per set as the setter leads the Bruins with 867 total assists on the year.
Scouting the Eagles
The Bruins begin the weekend with a trip to Morehead State (1-23, 1-9 OVC) Friday for a 6:00pm CT match with the Eagles.
MSU comes into Friday’s contest with the Bruins off a split decision this past weekend as the Eagles notched their first win of the year with a five-set victory at Jacksonville State before falling to Tennessee Tech in three sets.
Hannah Sigala paces MSU offensively as the middle blocker has recorded a team-most 242 kills for an average of 2.78 per set. The junior leads the Eagles with a .285 hitting percentage and has also recorded a team-most 78 total blocks, including 22 solo attacks.
Libero Hope Rillema leads the Eagles with 289 digs (3.40/set) while setter Colbey Cameron has notched a team-most 481 assists (5.53/set) on the year.
This will be Belmont’s second meeting with Morehead State this season as the Bruins swept the Eagles in the first contest on September 27th at the Curb Event Center.
Scouting the Colonels
The Bruins will have a quick turnaround after their contest with Morehead State as Belmont is set to travel to Eastern Kentucky for a 2:00pm CT match Saturday afternoon.
EKU (17-11, 7-3 OVC) currently sits in third place in the OVC as the Colonels come into the weekend having dropped back-to-back matches to Jacksonville State (3-2) and out-of-conference foe Northern Kentucky (3-0) respectively.
Prior to meeting the Bruins on Saturday, EKU is slated for a home match with Tennessee State Friday evening.
Outside hitter Alexis Plagens leads the Colonels offensively as the senior has put down a team-best 356 kills (3.36/set). Plagens also is tied for first on the team with 30 service aces.
Defensively, libero Abbey Cvelbar leads with 240 digs (2.29/set) while middle blocker Cierra Koons leads the charge at the net with 77 total blocks, 19 of which have been solo attacks.
This will be the second meeting this season between the two teams as EKU outlasted the Bruins in five sets at the Curb Event Center on September 26th.
Follow the Action
Bruin fans are encouraged to follow all the action this weekend as live stats and streaming video through the OVC Digital Network will be available for both contests. Fans are also encouraged to follow in-game updates on Belmont’s Twitter account (@BelmontVB).
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