Sun November 3, 2013
Volleyball Sets Season-Best Hitting Percentage
The Morehead State volleyball team registered a season-best .421 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-22) sweep at Jacksonville State's Pete Mathews Coliseum on Saturday (November 2).
The Eagles (21-6/12-0 Ohio Valley Conference) tallied 50 kills with only 10 errors. MSU ran its conference regular-season winning streak to 34 matches, which leads all Division I teams. It also marked the Eagles' 32nd straight OVC road victory.
Junior middle blocker Laura McDermott slammed a team-high 12 kills while hitting .455. Senior outside hitter Aryn Bohannon hit .333 and totaled 11 kills. Junior right-side hitter Alex Fitzmorris knocked down nine kills with no errors for a team-best .643 efficiency.
Defensively, the Eagles limited the Gamecocks to .189 hitting as they had advantages in kills (50-33), digs (49-31) and blocks (5-1). Senior libero Leslie Schellhaas scooped up a team-best 13 digs. Junior setter Colbey Cameron handed out a match-best 36 assists and contributed nine digs.
The visitors fell behind 14-13 midway through the opening set, but a 9-2 run propelled MSU to the win. Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Sigala had three kills in the flurry, and Bohannon served back-to-back aces.
Morehead State jumped out to a 4-0 start in the second set and never trailed. JSU moved to within 6-4, but kills from six different Eagles highlighted a 10-2 run.
The teams traded blows in the third frame before a McDermott kill lifted MSU to a 19-18 lead it never relinquished. JSU remained within striking distance at 24-22, but Fitzmorris and Sigala ended the match with a block.
Morehead State returns home to host Tennessee State Friday night (November 8) at 7 p.m. and Belmont Saturday (November 9) at 5 p.m. The Eagles have the opportunity to clinch their fourth consecutive OVC regular-season championship during the weekend.