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Tue October 1, 2013
Volleyball Returns Home to Battle In-State Rival EKU
The Morehead State volleyball team returns home Wednesday to battle in-state foe Eastern Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET.
Wednesday match is Greek Organization Night with the various campus Greek clubs vying for prizes. It's also a toga party.
Live stats and live video are available via links on MSUEagles.com. Live Twitter updates are also available by following @MSUAthletics.
Here are notes heading into the match:
Now We're Rolling
Following a 2-3 start, Morehead State has won nine of its last 11 matches and has been victorious in seven of the last eight. The only setback during that time has been at No. 18 Kentucky.
Speaking of Streaking
MSU is 54-2 in OVC matches the last three seasons. The Eagles became just the eighth team in league history to post an undefeated season last year. MSU owns wins in 24 straight OVC regular season matches, 25 consecutive league road matches and 11 straight OVC home contests.
The Man in Charge
Morehead State Head Coach Jaime Gordon is in his 11th season in Morehead, leading the Eagles to a 212-128 mark. He has led MSU to six Ohio Valley Conference championships, one NCAA Tournament appearance and has been tabbed OVC Coach of the Year three times (2003, 2010, 2012). Gordon is just eight wins shy of the 300 mark for his collegiate career, which includes three seasons at West Virginia Wesleyan.
Going for 15 Straight Against EKU
According to the MSU record book, Morehead State leads the series with Eastern Kentucky, 61-43. MSU has won 14 consecutive matches against its in-state rivals with the last setback coming on Nov. 8, 2006.
Trophy Case Filling Up
Morehead State has earned four OVC weekly honors in 2013, including three Defensive Player of the Week nods for senior libero Leslie Schellhaas. She now has five career weekly honors. Junior middle blocker Laura McDermott earned her first-ever Offensive Player of the Week accolade this week. MSU also had six all-tournament team selections in the non-conference season.
With its four OVC awards this season, the Eagles now have 39 weekly league honors in the last four years.
Double Grand Club
According to MSU records, senior outside hitter Aryn Bohannon has become the 10th player in program history to join the "double grand" club with at least 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. She enters the week with 1,091 digs and 1,043 kills. She joins former Eagles Missy Abbott, Kaitlin Craven, Ashley Doscher, Dayle Hamontree, Jennifer Kennedy, Cherelle Lampkins, Lauren Mackey, Erin Peak and Heather Willis.
Nearing the 1,900-Mark
Senior libero Leslie Schellhaas currently has 1,878 career digs and has moved to fourth place on the MSU career chart. The next rung on the chart is just 22 away. Former Eagle Heather Willis had 1,900 in her four years. She needs 337 more to set the MSU career mark.
She's the MVP
Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Smith was named Most Valuable Player at the Pittsburgh Panther Invitational. She compiled 45 kills in the three-match set and hit .326.
Can't Stop the Mac Attack
Laura McDermott had 50 kills and hit .336 in the last four matches. She also compiled 17 blocks (1.21 per set) in that span. The Westfield Center, Ohio native has led the team in kills in three consecutive matches.
In the latest NCAA rankings (as of Sept. 29), Leslie Schellhaas is 14th nationally in digs per set. As a unit, Morehead State ranks 20th in Division I with 16.69 digs per set.
Morehead State has led the Ohio Valley Conference in hitting percentage the past three seasons. The Eagles lead that category again this season, allowing their foes to hit .154. The next best defensive team is Jacksonville State at .177.
We Like to Help
Morehead State also leads the conference in assists per set., dishing out 12.32 helpers per frame. Junior setter Colbey Cameron ranks fifth in the league with 9.67 per set.