Atlantic Sun Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Oct. 14th

Friday, October 14, 2011

• Four teams are currently vying for the lead in the Atlantic Sun going into the weekend of matches. Lipscomb enters with a 5-0 record having won its past 40 conference matches, an A-Sun record, while Belmont and FGCU are tied in second place at 4-1. Kennesaw State (4-2) looks to continue its hot streak and its four-game conference win streak.

• Last week, the three highest attack percentages were recorded as ETSU's McKayla Barber, Mercer's Jennifer Katona and Stetson's Kaylee Ream all posted top-notch performances. Barber hit .810 with 17 kills against North Florida on Saturday, while on the same day Katona registered a .762 percentage in a 3-1 win against the Hatters with 16 kills. Ream added a .700 hit percentage on Tuesday in a sweep of Savannah State with 15 kills.

• Three student-athletes reached career milestones last week including two crossing the 1,000 career kill plateau. North Florida's Paige Pridgeon and Kennesaw State's Alyssa Lang both reached 1,000 kills on the weekend with Pridgeon passing the number against ETSU, while Lang tallied the career kill against FGCU. USC Upstate's Emily Sanders reached 2,000 career assists in a five-set win against Jacksonville on Saturday. Sanders is the A-Sun's active leader in career assists with 2,037.

A-Sun Active Career Kills Leaders
Rank Player (Team)
Kills Class
1. Maggie Johnson (Belmont) 1,384 Sr.
2. Paige Pridgeon (North Florida) 1,012 Jr.
3. Morgan Thomas (USC Upstate) 896 Sr.
4. Amiee Frutchey (Mercer) 859 Sr.
5. Kaycee Green (Lipscomb) 808 Jr.
6. Kelsie Queen (USC Upstate) 798 Sr.
7. Kathryn Kane (Jacksonville) 672 Sr.
8. Megan Devine (ETSU) 672 So.
9. Katie Rose (Lipscomb) 610 Sr.

• With two wins against North Florida and Jacksonville last weekend, USC Upstate marked the second time since joining the A-Sun that the Spartans have won back-to-back conference matches. The first occurrence came in 2007, when the Spartans defeated Kennesaw State and Mercer on back-to-back days to start the month of November. The win against the Dolphins was also the first in program history.

• Jacksonville's Kendall Courtney and Belmont's Maggie Johnson continue to battle for the conference lead in double-doubles. Courtney currently leads with 14 on the season, while Johnson stands right behind her with 13. North Florida's Paige Pridgeon (10) ranks third, while Kennesaw State's Alyssa Lang (8), Belmont's Jen Myer (7) and USC Upstate's Emily Sanders (7) complete the top-five.

A-Sun Record Book Chasing:
2 - digs that Mercer's Charlotte Harris needs for 12th in career digs
2 - service aces that Belmont's Jen Myer needs to 4th most aces in a single season
7 - kills that Belmont's Maggie Johnson needs for third in career kills
10 - blocks that USC Upstate's Morgan Thomas needs for 300 career blocks
13 - blocks that ETSU's Jamie Stancliff needs for 300 career blocks
14 - service aces that Jacksonville's Kendall Courtney needs for 9th most aces in a single season
20 - service aces that Belmont's Jen Myer needs to tie 10th in career aces
29 - service aces that North Florida's Paige Pridgeon needs to tie 10th in career aces
29 - digs that Mercer's Charlotte Harris needs for 11th in career digs
30 - assists that Jacksonville's Kendall Courtney needs for 2,000 career assists
38 - digs that Mercer's Amiee Frutchey needs for 9th in career digs
39 - digs that Mercer's Amiee Frutchey needs for 8th in career digs
70 - digs that FGCU's Holly Youngquist needs for 6th in career digs

• This weekend, ETSU and USC Upstate travel down to Florida to face Stetson and FGCU, while Jacksonville and North Florida host Lipscomb and Belmont. Mercer has a weekend bye from conference play as the Bears next match is Tuesday, Oct. 18th at home against Chattanooga.

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