2012 Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Team Notes
Austin Peay (2-2 OVC; 8-11 overall): Austin Peay split a pair of OVC road contests last week. The Lady Govs defeated Murray State (25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23) and fell to Eastern Kentucky (22-25, 23-25, 19-25). Senior Nikki Doyle led the team in kills with 31. She posted 17 kills in the win at Murray State and had 14 versus Eastern Kentucky. Sophomore Jada Stotts had 23 kills during the week, including a 15-kill, 11-dig double-double at Murray State. Sophomore Liz Landon also had 12 kills versus the Racers. Sophomore setter Cami Fields posted 46 assists at Murray State and added six digs. She followed that up with 33 assists at EKU. Austin Peay will travel to Southeast Missouri on Friday and UT Martin on Saturday.
Belmont (2-2 OVC; 6-12 overall): Belmont fell to Tennessee State (25-20, 25-15, 19-25, 22-25, 14-16) before defeating SIUE (25-17, 25-14, 25-15) last week. Junior Jen Myer led the Bruins last week with 27 kills and three service aces. She added seven blocks, 22 digs and five assists. Against SIUE, she led all players with 13 kills. Junior Jamie Lundstrom recorded 37 digs over the two matches to give her 305 for the season to rank fourth in OVC. She also leads the team with 18 service aces. Belmont will host Jacksonville State on Friday and Tennessee Tech on Saturday. Both of the matches can be seen the OVC Digital Network.
Eastern Illinois (0-4 OVC; 3-13 overall): Eastern Illinois dropped a pair of three set matches last week, falling to SIUE (21-25, 16-25, 19-25) and Tennessee State (16-25, 15-25, 18-25). Reynae Hutchinson led the team with 14 kills over the two matches while Kelsey Brooke posted a team-high 20 digs. Eastern Illinois will travel to UIC on Wednesday before returning home to host Morehead State on Friday and Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. The matches with Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky can be seen on the OVC Digital Network.
Eastern Kentucky (1-3 OVC; 4-10 overall): Eastern Kentucky split a pair of matches last week. The Colonels fell to Morehead State 917-25, 25-18, 18-25, 17-25) and defeated Austin Peay (25-22, 25-23, 25-19). Ashley Edmond led the team against Morehead State with seven kills while Rachel Vick finished with six kills and five blocks. Dena Ott had a team-best 25 digs against the Eagles and followed that up with a match-high 15 digs versus Austin Peay. Also in the win over the Lady Govs, Edmond had 10 kills and 11 digs while Vick posted six kills and a match-best three blocks. Eastern Kentucky will hit the road this weekend as it travels to SIUE on Friday and Eastern Illinois on Saturday. Both matches can be seen on OVC Digital Network.
Jacksonville State (3-1 OVC; 9-9 overall): Jacksonville State defeated Tennessee Tech (25-20, 25-18, 25-14) before falling to Southeast Missouri (19-25, 28-30, 14-25) last week. Senior Jen Meyer posted 12 kills versus Tennessee Tech and had nine against Southeast Missouri. She finished with just four errors on the week. Senior Kelsey Anderson has put up double-digit digs in the last six matches. She recorded 29 against Tennessee Tech and followed that up with 20 against Southeast Missouri. Sophomore Alina Agamy recorded a double-double in both matches last week. She had 38 assists and 14 digs against Tennessee Tech and followed that up with 38 assists and 11 digs against Southeast Missouri. Jacksonville State will travel to Belmont on Friday and Tennessee State on Saturday. The match with Belmont can be seen on the OVC Digital Network.
Morehead State (4-0 OVC; 12-6 overall): Morehead State defeated Eastern Kentucky (25-17, 18-25, 25-18, 25-17) and Murray State (25-17, 29-27, 25-9) to extend its winning streak to 10 matches. It marks the third straight season with a double-digit winning streak. Morehead State has now won 13 straight against Eastern Kentucky and eight straight versus Murray State. The victory at EKU also extended the Eagles’ conference road winning streak to 17. Senior Annie Gruenschlaeger now needs just seven more block assists to set the school career record of 369 held by former teammate Emma Keough. Senior Laura McDermott led the team by hitting .390 for the week. Junior Leslie Schellhaas recorded a match-high 27 digs in the win over Eastern Kentucky and had 10 versus Murray State. Morehead State will travel to Eastern Illinois on Friday and SIUE on Saturday. Both matches will be available on the OVC Digital Network.
Murray State (1-3 OVC; 3-10 overall): Murray State fell to Austin Peay (21-25, 20-25, 25-19, 23-25) and Morehead State (17-25, 27-29, 9-25) last week. Taylor Olden led the team with 26 kills while Katlyn Hudson recorded a team-high 24 digs over the two matches. Murray State will host Southern Illinois on Tuesday before traveling to UT Martin on Friday and Southeast Missouri on Saturday.
Southeast Missouri (4-0 OVC; 12-6 overall): Southeast Missouri defeated UT Martin (19-25, 25-19, 25-12, 25-13) and Jacksonville State (25-19, 30-28, 25-13) last week. The Redhawks have now won their last six matches and are off to their best start in the OVC since 2000. Junior Colleen Yarber tallied 25 kills over the two matches. She recorded 17 kills and hit .378 in the win at UT Martin. Freshman Taylor Masterson posted 10 blocks over the two matches. Junior Julie Shives paced the offense last week with 71 assists to go with seven kills. She also helped the team hit .257 for the week. She had 34 assists and 10 digs versus UT Martin and had 37 assist and 14 digs in the match with Jacksonville State. Southeast Missouri will host Arkansas State on Tuesday, Austin Peay on Friday and Murray State on Saturday.
SIUE (2-2 OVC; 6-9 overall): SIUE defeated Eastern Illinois (25-21, 25-16, 25-19) and fell to Belmont (17-25, 14-25, 15-25). Freshman Kristen Torre is one of six players with 100 kills who are among the top 10 in OVC hitting percentage. She leads the league with a .314 clip. Kelsey Augustine is ninth in the OVC in points per set with 3.36. The Cougars as a team are third in the league with 16.15 digs per set. SIUE will host Eastern Kentucky on Friday and Morehead State on Saturday. Both matches can be seen on the OVC Digital Network.
Tennessee State (3-1 OVC; 8-8 overall): Tennessee State defeated Belmont (20-25, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, 16-14) and Eastern Illinois (25-16, 25-15, 25-18) last week. The win over Belmont was just the seventh in 24 chances for the Tigers. Sophomore Rachel Ambroch tallied 20 kills against Belmont and followed that up by hitting .778 versus Eastern Illinois. She finished the week with 34 kills. Junior Erika Moss tied her season-high of 49 assists against Belmont. She dished out 36 assists en route to helping the team hit .417 against Eastern Illinois. Tennessee State will host Tennessee Tech on Friday and Jacksonville State on Saturday.
Tennessee Tech (0-4 OVC; 2-14 overall): Tennessee Tech fell to Jacksonville state (22-25, 20-25, 23-25) and UT Martin (14-25, 25-19, 26-28, 25-20, 8-15). Senior Kelsey Gray recorded 19 kills and 10 blocks while hitting .315 over the two matches last week. Sophomore Courtney Smith recorded 30 digs against Jacksonville State and followed that up with 31 digs versus UT Martin. She had just one reception error against UT Martin. Tennessee Tech will travel to Tennessee State on Friday and Belmont on Saturday. The match with Belmont can be seen on the OVC Digital Network.
UT Martin (2-2 OVC; 6-11 overall): UT Martin fell to Southeast Missouri (25-19, 19-25, 12-25, 13-25) before defeating Tennessee Tech (25-14, 19-25, 28-26, 20-25, 15-8). Freshman Dallas Zimmerman tallied a career-best 15 kills in the win over Tennessee Tech. She hit .389 with nine kills at Southeast Missouri. Senior Kasey Elswick registered 41 digs, the second most in school history, in the win at Tech. She had 11 digs in the fifth set alone against the Golden Eagles. Freshman Amanda Crask just missed a triple-double with career-highs of 46 assists, 12 digs and nine kills. She also had 32 assists against Southeast Missouri. Emily Keaton had double-figures in kills in both matches including her fifth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 16 digs at Tennessee Tech. Freshman Lynsey Hazelwood also had a double-double against the Golden Eagles with 14 kills and 11 digs. UT Martin will travel to Evansville on Tuesday before hosting Murray State on Friday and Austin Peay on Saturday.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
UT Martin at Evansville – 6 p.m.
Arkansas State at Southeast Missouri – 6:30 p.m.
Southern Illinois at Murray State – 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Eastern Illinois at UIC – 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
Jacksonville State at Belmont* – 6 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Austin Peay at Southeast Missouri* – 6:30 p.m.
Morehead State at Eastern Illinois* – 7 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Eastern Kentucky at SIUE* – 7 p.m.
Murray State at UT Martin* – 7 p.m.
Tennessee Tech at Tennessee State* – 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
Austin Peay at UT Martin* – 11 a.m.
Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois* – 2 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Jacksonville State at Tennessee State* – 2 p.m.
Morehead State at SIUE* – 2 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Murray State at Southeast Missouri* – 2 p.m.
Tennessee Tech at Belmont* ?- 2 p.m.
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
* – OVC Match
2012 adidas® OVC Players of the Week – Oct. 1
Rachel Ambroch, OH, 5’11, So., Milwaukee, Wis. – Tennessee State
Ambroch returned to the court last week after suffering a knee injury earlier in season. She tallied 20 kills in the five set victory over Belmont. She followed that up by hitting .774 in the win over Eastern Illinois. For the week she had 34 kills, a .362 hitting percentage and four service aces.
Others Nominated: Nikki Doyle, Austin Peay; Jen Myer, Belmont; Jen Meyer, Jacksonville State; Laura McDermott, Morehead State; Colleen Yarber, Southeast Missouri; Kelsey Gray, Tennessee Tech; Dallas Zimmerman, UT Martin
Kelsey Anderson, DS, 5’7, Sr., Louisville, Ky. – Jacksonville State
Anderson has put up double-digit digs in six straight matches. She finished with 29 digs against Tennessee State and 20 versus Southeast Missouri. She averaged 8.17 digs per set last week.
Others Nominated: Jamie Lundstrom, Belmont; Dena Ott, Eastern Kentucky; Taylor Masterson, Southeast Missouri; Courtney Smith, Tennessee Tech; Kasey Elswick, UT Martin
Erika Moss, S, 5’9, Jr. Fort Wayne, Ind. – Tennessee State
Moss tied her season-high with 49 assists in the win over Belmont. It marked her third 40-plus assist match this year. She followed that up with 36 assists versus Eastern Illinois. She also helped the Tigers hit .417 against the Panthers. It marked the second-highest hitting percentage for TSU this season. For the week, she totaled 85 assists.
Others Nominated: Cami Fields, Austin Peay; Alina Agamy, Jacksonville State; Julie Shives, Southeast Missouri; Amanda Crask, UT Martin
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