Wednesday, October 30, 2013
MACON, Ga. - ETSU has clinched its spot in the upcoming A-Sun Championship and Jacksonville and Lipscomb are one conference win away from punching their ticket as the second half of the season begins to unfold with three weeks of play remaining in the regular season.
Mercer also hosts Northern Kentucky and the Lady Bisons as the Bears seek their first conference win along with their first home win of the season this weekend.
Five of the nine matches this weekend are available on ASun.TV along with Lipscomb and KSU on ESPN3 on Nov. 1.
• The accomplishment by Devine and Hardy marks the first time since the NCAA adopted its current scoring format in 2001 that teammates have become career leaders in the same season. The duo are also the first Buccaneers to become career leaders in kills and blocks in the A-Sun. The pair account for two of the four ETSU student-athletes who are ranked in the top 10 of A-Sun career records.
• Kendall Courtney's accomplishment helped her become only the second Dolphin to hold a career mark, joining Shelly Walroth (Digs, 2009).
• Eleven of Lipscomb's 16 victories have come in sweeps, totaling six in conference play. That total is highest in the A-Sun, followed by nine from Jacksonville and Stetson and eight from ETSU.
• The last time three A-Sun career records were broken in the same year was in 2005. it was then that Belmont's Lindsay Cleveland set the mark in kills and assists and the Bruins' Sara Jacobson held the top spot in blocks.
• One A-Sun team is in the top 100 of the latest NCAA RPI rankings, as Lipscomb checks in at No. 74. The Lady Bisons have led the nation in kills per set (15.49) for the eighth consecutive week and Caitlin Dotson also is the nation's leader in assists per set (12.84).
• Only four teams are .500 or better in their last 10 matches: ETSU, JU and Lipscomb are all 9-1 (.900), while FGCU is 6-4 (.600).
• Two A-Sun teams are undefeated at home this season, as ETSU is now 6-0 and Jacksonville posts a 10-0 mark. No teams are undefeated on the road but the Bucs and the Dolphins are both 8-3 (.778) away from home this season.
• USC Upstate's Morgan Page is a two-time and current A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week and she is leading the Spartans to the top of the A-Sun in digs per set (16.06), which also ranks them 68th nationally. Page is currently fourth in the A-Sun in digs per set (4.03).
• A quartet of impressive freshmen have made their mark in the A-Sun in their first year: North Florida's Abby Fesl is 10th in service aces (.26) and eighth in assists (8.99); Kennesaw State's Kelly Marcinek is seventh in kills per set (3.38) and a three-time Freshman of the Week; Northern Kentucky's Keely Creamer is seventh in hitting pct (.310) and two-time Freshman of the Week Taylor Snyder is fourth in assists (10.42) and ninth in service aces (.27).
• Carly Iannarino and Emily Rochefort continue to lead Mercer, as they are the two Bears ranked in the top 10 of two A-Sun statistical categories. Rochefort leads the A-Sun in digs per set (4.47) and Iannarino is 10th in assists per set (8.23).
• This weekend's home teams post a combined record at home of 33-17 (.667), while the road teams are 16-32 (.333) overall.
• ETSU's Devine is the A-Sun Player of the Week, Upstate's Morgan Page gets her second Defensive honor and KSU's Kelly Marcinek garners her third weekly honor in her young career.
Player of the Week Megan Devine led all nominees with a 4.86 kills-per-set average while also averaging 3.86 digs per set. She helped the Bucs to their 10th and 11th straight home wins and back to the top of the A-Sun standings with a 2-0 week with victories against Mercer and USC Upstate. Devine also recorded double-doubles in both matches.
• Following is the schedule of matches you can follow online this weekend. Fri., Nov. 1 – USC Upstate at Stetson, 6 p.m.; ETSU at FGCU, 7 p.m.; North Florida at Jacksonville, 7 p.m.; Northern Kentucky at Mercer, 7 p.m.. Sat., Nov. 2 – ETSU at Stetson, 5 p.m
• The ESPN3 match this week is Nov. 1 –Lipscomb at Kennesaw State, 7 p.m.
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