Atlantic Sun Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Sept. 15

Thursday, September 15, 2011

• Belmont's Maggie Johnson etched her name into the Atlantic Sun record books recently as she moved her career kill total to 1,242, which ranks her eighth all-time ahead of Kennesaw State's Sabrita Gulley (2007-10). With 29 kills this weekend, Johnson will move into sole possession of seventh place by passing GSU's Molly Sapp (2001-03) at 1270 kills.

• Two other A-Sun volleyball student-athletes broke into the A-Sun record books lately as FGCU's Holly Youngquist and Mercer's Amiee Frutchey entered the career digs top-10. Youngquist currently sits in ninth place with 1,276 career digs, while Frutchey lays claim to tenth place with 1,222 digs. Frutchey's teammate Charlotte Harris can join the duo in the record books later this season as she currently owns 1,043 career digs.

• Six A-Sun student-athletes appeared in the top-50 in the nation for several categories through games played on Sept. 11. Belmont's Jen Myer is best in the nation for aces per set at 0.92, while her teammate Maggie Johnson appeared in two categories; kills per set (17th; 4.54) and points per set (24th; 4.90). ETSU's Megan Devine barely trails Johnson in kills per set (26th; 4.36), but is tied with her in point/set. Jacksonville's Kendall Courtney joins Myer in aces per set (47th; 0.48), while Bruins' teammates Hannah Miranda and Jamie Lundstrom also appear in the rankings for assists per set (43rd; 10.81) and digs per set (45th; 5.03), respectively.

• The A-Sun posted an impressive record last week by tallying 19 wins compared to only 13 losses from Sept. 8-15. Seven teams earned multiple victories during that span, while ETSU and North Florida both posted undefeated records.

• The Lady Bucs captured the Country Inn & Suites Invitational title, while Belmont won the Kangaroo Klassic with an unblemished record. Mercer added an exclamation point for the conference by defeating Southeastern Conference opponent, Georgia, in five sets for the program's first-ever win against the Bulldogs.

• Stetson captured two wins in its own tournament, the Clarion Classic, by defeating Bethune-Cookman and Savannah State. It marked the first back-to-back wins for the Hatters since 2007 when they ended the season on a four-game winning streak. It was also the first two wins for first-year head coach Tim Loesch.

• Currently, Jacksonville sits atop the A-Sun standings with a 7-5 record. Since joining the conference in 1998, the Dolphins have never ended the season with the most wins in the league. On two occasions, JU has capped the season trailing the win leader by a margin of four, which last happened in 2007. In 2009, the Dolphins had the second-most wins in the conference with 19.

• Jacksonville, Mercer and USC Upstate are the lone teams hosting matches this weekend as the Spartans hold a home non-conference tournament. One notable tournament includes FGCU travelling to Penn State, the four-time defending national champions, to face the fifth-ranked Nittany Lions. Conference play begins on Tuesday as USC Upstate travels to Johnson City, Tenn. to face ETSU at 7 p.m.

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