Sat October 26, 2013
Gordon Records 300th Career Win
Led by a season-high .322 team hitting percentage, including four players above the .400 mark, the Morehead State volleyball team gave Head Coach Jaime Gordon his 300th career collegiate coaching victory on Saturday (October 26) with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-17) sweep at UT Martin.
Morehead State (19-6/10-0 Ohio Valley Conference) extended the nation's longest regular-season conference winning streak to 32 and won its 30th straight OVC road match. Gordon, who has led the Eagles since 2003, now has 220 wins at MSU to go along with 80 he collected at his first head coaching assignment, West Virginia Wesleyan.
Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Smith, junior right-side hitter Alex Fitzmorris, junior middle blocker Laura McDermott and junior setter Colbey Cameron hit higher than .400. The Eagles smacked 41 kills and had only 13 attack errors.
Smith and senior outside hitter Aryn Bohannon led MSU with 11 kills. Smith hit .429, while Fitzmorris recorded a .444 efficiency on nine kills. McDermott had a team-best four blocks and tallied five kills. Cameron notched 31 assists and seven digs. Senior libero Leslie Schellhaas had a match-high 13 digs. She needs just 54 more to move into second place in career digs at the school.
UT Martin (8-18/2-8) was held to a just a .090 hitting clip. Setter Amanda Crask topped the Skyhawks with six kills. Leading 5-3 in the opening set, Morehead State erupted for a 9-0 run to put it out of reach. UTM committed five attack errors in the scoring flurry for MSU.
The hosts built a 10-5 advantage in the second set, but McDermott capped an 11-4 Eagle run with a kill to push the visitors to a 16-14 lead they never relinquished. UTM tied it at 18, but MSU ended with a 7-2 run. The teams deadlocked at 11 in the third frame, but Bohannon served on 10 straight points, including a pair of aces.
Morehead State will shoot for its eighth consecutive 20-win season on Friday, November 1, when it visits Tennessee Tech for an 8 p.m. matchup.