Atlantic Sun Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Oct. 21st

Friday, October 21, 2011

• On Tuesday, Lipscomb picked up the biggest non-conference win of the season for the A-Sun when they knocked off Louisville, 3-1, in Allen Arena. The Cardinals entered Nashville as the No. 41 RPI team in the nation with a 15-4 record. Earlier in the season, Jacksonville defeated Clemson, 3-2, in Gainesville. The Tigers are currently slated No. 58 in the RPI rankings.

• The Lady Bisons victory extended their win streak to 12 matches, which stretches back to Sept. 10th. During the streak, Lipscomb has dropped only six sets including two in seven conference matches – both of which came against Belmont.

• Belmont's Jen Myer recorded 11 aces in the four-set win against Jacksonville, which are the most in a match in the Belmont and Atlantic Sun record books and the most in a four-set match in the NCAA since the scoring format changed in 2008. The mark also ties for the most in any NCAA match since the format change and ties for 11th all-time in NCAA history for a four set match. Myer's 71 aces on the season leads the conference and ranks third-most for the A-Sun for a single-season.

A-Sun Active Career Kills Leaders
Rank Player (Team)
Kills Class
1. Maggie Johnson (Belmont) 1,420 Sr.
2. Paige Pridgeon (North Florida) 1,037 Jr.
3. Morgan Thomas (USC Upstate) 929 Sr.
4. Amiee Frutchey (Mercer) 865 Sr.
5. Kaycee Green (Lipscomb) 838 Jr.
6. Kelsie Queen (USC Upstate) 814 Sr.
7. Megan Devine (ETSU) 728 So.
8. Kathryn Kane (Jacksonville) 677 Sr.
9. Katie Rose (Lipscomb) 648 Sr.

• One week after USC Upstate's Emily Sanders crossed the 2,000 career assist mark, Jacksonville's Kendall Courtney joined her A-Sun counterpart. Courtney currently stands at 2,020 career assists, which ranks second amongst active student-athletes. Sanders' teammate Morgan Thomas reached a milestone of her own this week as she recorded her 300th career block. Thomas is the A-Sun's active leader in the category. With her 300th career block, Thomas became the only active A-Sun student-athlete with 900 career kills and 300 blocks. The senior currently has 929 career kills.

• Belmont's Maggie Johnson continued her climb up the A-Sun career kill chart as she passed Mercer's Katie Plummer (2001-04) for third-most career kills. Her 1,420 career kills is 133 away from second all-time, but 326 away from Lipscomb's Alex Kelly mark of 1,746 career kills, which was set last year.

A-Sun Record Book Chasing:
4 - blocks that ETSU's Jamie Stancliff needs for 300 career blocks (296)
5 - digs that Mercer's Charlotte Harris needs for 11th in career digs (1,227)
6 - service aces that Belmont's Jen Myer needs for 2nd most aces in a single season (71)
6 - service aces that Stetson's Kaylee Ream needs for 100 career aces (94)
8 - service aces that Belmont's Jen Myer needs for tie 10th in career aces (113)
9 - service aces that North Florida's Paige Pridgeon needs for 100 career aces (91)
14 - service aces that Jacksonville's Kendall Courtney needs for 9th most aces in a single season (40)
22 - digs that Mercer's Amiee Frutchey needs for 9th in career digs (1,365)
23 - digs that Mercer's Amiee Frutchey needs for 8th in career digs (1,365)
40 - digs that FGCU's Holly Youngquist needs for 6th in career digs (1,460)
42 - digs that Lipscomb's Katie Rose needs for 1,000 career digs (958)
71 - kills that USC Upstate's Morgan Thomas needs for 1,000 career kills (929)
133 - kills that Belmont's Maggie Johnson needs for second in career kills (1,420)

• This weekend, ETSU and USC Upstate host Mercer and Kennesaw State, while Stetson and FGCU travel up to Nashville to face Belmont and Lipscomb. Jacksonville and North Florida square off in the River City Rumble on Friday night.

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