Atlantic Sun Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Sept. 22

Thursday, September 22, 2011

• The 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Volleyball season began on Tuesday with ETSU sweeping USC Upstate to gain the early advantage in league play. The win gave the Lady Bucs their third-straight A-Sun season opening win, which is tied with Lipscomb for the longest streak. The Lady Bisons have a chance to regain the streak when they open at Mercer on Friday.

• A more notable streak that the Lady Bisons own is their 35-game conference win streak, which dates back to the 2008 season and is the longest in the nation. Lipscomb posted undefeated conference records in 2010 (10-0) and 2009 (20-0) and won the final five matches in 2008. The Lady Bisons last loss came at the hands of Belmont on Oct. 28th in the Curb Event Center, 3-2.

• The opening weekend of conference play has FGCU, Kennesaw State, Mercer and Stetson all hosting matches on Friday and Saturday. Jacksonville and North Florida face FGCU and Stetson, while Belmont and Lipscomb travel to Georgia to face the Owls and Bears.

• Four teams enter the weekend of play with winning records in their past five games. The Bruins have captured four wins in the past five games, while FGCU, Lipscomb and Mercer all enter conference play hot with a 3-2 record.

• Three A-Sun volleyball student-athletes continue to climb in the conference record books this season. Maggie Johnson from Belmont currently sits in 7th place in career kills at 1,293 and needs 28 this weekend to tie former Bruin Cat Mundy (2005-08) for sixth place. FGCU's Holly Youngquist and Mercer's Amiee Frutchey currently sit in ninth and tenth place for career digs at 1,331 and 1,252, respectively. Belmont's Megan Clements (2007-10) is ahead of the duo in eighth place with 1,386 career digs.

• Sophomores in the Atlantic Sun are dominating the statistical categories as second-year players have the top spot in four of the seven main categories. Jacksonville's Kylie Jacob is No. 1 in hitting percentage at .317 just ahead of fellow sophomore Allison McCoy from Belmont at .299. The top-three spots in assists per set are owned by sophomores; Hannah Miranda - Belmont (1st; 10.80), Kendall Courtney - Jacksonville (2nd; 10.05) and Sara Metroka - Kennesaw State (3rd; 9.81). In aces per set, another trio of sophomores appear 1-2-3 including Belmont's Jen Myer (0.87), JU's Courtney (0.46) and FGCU's Kaitlin Holm (0.40). Finally, Belmont's Jamie Lundstrom holds the top spot for digs per set at 5.12. In total, sophomores own 18 top-five spots in the main seven statistical categories.

• ETSU's senior middle blocker Jamie Stancliff currently sits in the lead for blocks per set in the A-Sun at 1.31. Helping her cause is three games with double-digit block totals, which is the most by an A-Sun student-athlete since Jacksonville's Melissa Merchant tallied three double-digit games in 2007 - two of which came in league play. Stancliff is the only student-athlete to post a single double-digit block game so far this season.

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