MSU Volleyball Sweeps Rutgers

Sep 20, 2013

Courtney Smith, MSU Sophomore
Credit MSU Athletics

Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Smith led Morehead State with 15 kills and hit .364 as the Eagle volleyball team swept Rutgers 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) Friday afternoon (September 20) at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse to open the Pittsburgh Panther Invitational.

MSU improved to 7-4 with its third consecutive victory. The Scarlet Knights, who are competing in the new American Athletic Conference, fell to 3-9.

Smith tied her season-high in kills and reached double digits for the sixth time this season. She made only three attack miscues on a team-high 33 attempts. She also totaled three aces and two blocks, including a pair of solo rejections.

Senior libero Leslie Schellhaas compiled a team-best 18 digs. The Eagles had a season-best five solo blocks and tallied six total blocks as a unit.

The Eagles held advantages in kills (37-30), aces (7-2) and digs (53-51) and limited the Knights to just a .120 hitting efficiency. MSU leads the Ohio Valley Conference in lowest opponent hitting percentage.

Rutgers got a team-high nine kills from Alex Lassa. It marked the second straight match an opponent failed to have a player in double digit kills and the third time this season. The match featured just five lead changes.

MSU continues the tournament against Ivy League foe Cornell at 4 p.m.