Spartans Set For Midweek Match Up
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Spartans will take on the Catamounts of Western Carolina, Wednesday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center. The match will be the 1,000 game in the history of Western Carolina's volleyball program.
Following the game on Wednesday, Upstate will take a much needed "rest" from competition after playing six matches in the past seven days. Upstate will take to the court for competition again next Wednesday in its second "home" match of the season and second conference contest against Campbell (4-11, 0-0). The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. on the campus of Converse College.
Western Carolina: The Catamounts lead the Spartans, 7-1, since first meeting in 1977
Last Time (2007): USC Upstate fell 3-0, to Western Carolina. The Catamounts posted a .262 hitting percentage during the game to help post the win against the Spartans, opening up a 23-14 lead in the first game and never looking back.
The Spartans fought back, scoring 12 of the last 19 points in the first game, thanks to four straight points from the serve of Holly Mauldin. The second game was a tug-of-war, as Upstate tied the match at 23, but Western Carolina scored seven of the last 10 points, as back-to-back blocks by Meredith Harmon to swing the momentum in the direction of the Catamounts.
In the final game, Upstate and Western Carolina once again battled back and forth, with no team taking a lead of more than three points during the game. Upstate served for the match at 29-28 after a kill by Angie Varnum , but the Catamounts answered with a kill from Katie Hennessey. Harmon added a kill and a service ace ended the match.
Scouting the Western Carolina Catamounts
The Catamounts (4-9) are coming off a weekend where they went 1-1 with a win over North Carolina A&T in three sets (25-11, 25-13, 25-11) and a loss to in-state foe UNC Asheville in four sets (17-25, 25-22, 17-25, 19-25). At the conclusion of the WCU Invitational, two Catamounts were selected to the All-Tournament Team in senior Paloma Alvarez and freshman Morgan Cochran.
Alvarez is coming off a weekend where she recorded 27 kills in two matches with a .219 attacking percentage. The outside hitter also recorded 10 digs. The Arecibo, Puerto Rico, native leads WCU with 3.04 kills per set and is third on the squad with 2.40 digs per set. Alvarez tallied a career-best 19 kills in the 3-1 loss to UNCA.
Cochran posted a team best 5.86 digs per set, totaling 41 digs in the team's two matches last Saturday (Sept. 18). The freshman recorded a career-best 29 digs in the loss to UNCA. The Mebance, N.C., native leads the Catamounts with 165 digs on the year.
In addition to the performances by Alvarez and Cochran, junior Emily Franklin turned in record-setting performances last week. The setter posted a career-high 33 assists in WCU's four-set loss to Presbyterian last Wednesday (Sept. 15), only to break her career high two matches later against UNCA – recording 46 assists. The Lexington, Ky., native averaged 10.29 assists per set in the Catamounts' two matches at the WCU Invitational.
With the win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday (Sept. 18), the Catamounts tied their mark for wins last season (4) with 19 matches still remaining on the schedule. WCU is also only five wins away from winning the program's 500th match.
Hooray For Harris!
Following her standout performance at the Wofford Tournament, Sept. 17-18, newcomer Cori Harris was recognized to the All-Tournament Team along with six other stand-out athletes.
The 5-10 outside hitter, originally from Champaign, Ill., made a huge impact for the Spartans on the weekend with 53 kills over 103 total attacks in 12 sets (.388). Harris also recorded a trio of assists for the "U", five aces, and 42 digs.
Following three contests in two days, senior Katie Downey was been recognized to the Myrtle Beach Comfort Suites Invitational All-Tournament team on Sept. 11.
Downey, a 6-0 senior from Belleville, Ill., led Upstate during the tournament in hitting percentage (.391) as she connected on 26 kills on 46 attacks. The middle blocker also tallied a single solo block and seven block assists on the weekend.
In addition to her offensive performance at the tournament, Downey found an assist, 12 digs and an ace.
Mad About Mindy
Mindy Quimby, an Upstate sophomore and Colorado native, earned a slot on the Appalachian Invitational All-Tournament team following her standout performance at the tournament (Sept. 3-4).
The 5-10 sophomore outside hitter, originally from Keenesburg, Colo., finished out the tournament with an impressive 33 kills in 11 sets over 101 total attacks (.198). Quimby also recorded a pair of assists and a service ace over the course of the tournament. Defensively, the sophomore found 15 digs over the weekend (1.36) and a pair of block assists.
USC Upstate sophomore and Illinois native, Emily Sanders earned a slot on the Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational (Peoria, Ill.) All-Tournament team following her standout performance in the Midwest, Aug, 27 -28.
The 5-6 setter, originally from Sullivan, Ill., finished out the tournament after playing 14 sets in three contests over two days. Sanders notched seven kills on 36 attacks (.139) and found 161 assists for an 11.5 assist-to-set percentage. The sophomore also picked up 50 digs for a 1.93 dig-to-set percentage and recorded one solo block and one assisted block for a pair total.
Emily Sanders has posted a double-double on assists and digs in 12 of the Spartans 14 contests. Sanders biggest performance came on August 28, against Western Illinois when the sophomore put up 57 helpers and tallied 17 digs.
Additionally, Cori Harris has found 6 double-doubles and Mindy Quimby has a pair.
4th in hitting percentage (.196)
2nd in assists - 648 over 54 sets (12.00)
2nd in kills - 701 over 54 sets (12.98)
9th in blocks - 86.0 blocks over 54 sets (1.59)
7th in service aces 63 over 54 sets (1.17)
1st in digs - 940 over 54 sets (17.41)
6th in hitting percentage with 122 kills in 265 attacks (.306)
7th in kills with 153 over 54 sets (2.83)
7th in points with 180.5 over 54 sets (3.34)
4th in digs with 226 over 54 sets (4.19)
9th in kills with 147 over 54 sets (2.72)
2nd in assists with 594 over 54 sets (11.00)
9th in digs with 190 over 54 sets (3.52)
The Triple Double-Double
For the third time in the Division I-era, Upstate had three players notch double-doubles in a four set loss to Wofford on Sept. 17. Newcomer Cori Harris found the floor on 18 kills and tallied 21 digs, Emily Sanders put up 50 helpers and notched 13 digs while Mindy Quimby registered 11 kills and 10 digs.
Earlier on the season, against Bradley (Aug.28) Upstate found its second ever triple-double, in the Division I-era, with Harris (13 kills, 10 digs), Sanders p(51 helpers, 19 digs) and Quimby (14 kills, 10 digs).
Spartans Selected 10th
USC Upstate has been selected to finish 10th in the A-Sun preseason coaches poll. Coming off its 2009 season with a program best 28-4 record, Lipscomb was selected as the preseason favorite to claim both the regular season and tournament championship. The Lady Bisons, who picked up 10 out of 11 first place votes for the regular season title, also nabbed 10 votes for the tournament champion's ballot.
Lipscomb also had the most representation on the all-conference team with three preseason selections (OH Meghan Hinemeyer, MB Alex Kelly, and Stefine "Jake" Pease, a setter who was also named Player of the Year in the poll).
Coming in second on the coaches poll was FGCU with 103 points and third went to Belmont with 97.
Spartan volleyball will not take the floor in the G.B. Hodge Center this season due to renovations happening in the Arena; which means that the 2010 season will take place "on the road" in every contest. Matches that are considered "home events" for Upstate will be held in Spartanburg at various locations, listed below.
|Sept. 16||vs. Stetson||@ Wofford||W ::: 3-1|
|Sept. 29||vs. Campbell||@ Converse||7:00 p.m.|
|Oct. 8||vs. Belmont||@ Wofford||7:00 p.m.|
|Oct. 9||vs. Lipscomb||@ Converse||3:00 p.m.|
|Oct. 20||vs. N.C. Central||@ Converse||6:00 p.m.|
|Oct. 29||vs. Florida Gulf Coast||@ SCA||7:00 p.m.|
|Oct. 30||vs. Bethune-Cookman||@ SCA||6:00 p.m|
Mrs. Dodie Anderson, a 1981 graduate of USC Upstate with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, announced on Wednesday October 14, 2009 that she would be providing the University with a $4 million gift to fund the project of renovating the Hodge Center.
Anderson was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 on the 25th anniversary of her graduation from USC Upstate. She is the former owner of Anderson Hardwood Floors in Clinton and Walterboro, S.C. the largest privately owned hardwood floor manufacturer in the United States. A co-owner, she recently sold her stake in the company to pursue other business interests. She received the University's Founders Day Award in 1986, was inducted into the University's Honor Fraternity in May 2005, and is a former member of the Carolina Piedmont Foundation Board of Directors, which is the fundraising arm of USC Upstate.
The renovation of the Hodge Center will focus mainly on the competition court and some auxiliary functions of the athletics department. The gymnasium will be completely gutted with several improvements scheduled to be made. In addition to the installation of a new floor, the facility will also receive new seating, lighting and state of the art scoreboards and scorer's tables.
Outside of the gym area, the women's basketball and volleyball programs will get their own locker room facilities after sharing a locker room for the better part of two decades. The athletic training facility will be expanded, while the performance center will open in the site of the old gym and will house the strength and conditioning program for the Spartan athletic teams.
"The volleyball program is deeply grateful to Mrs. Anderson for this most recent demonstration of her ongoing commitment to Upstate, a gift that will significantly upgrade our volleyball facilities," said Jennifer Calloway, head coach of the volleyball program and a 1994 graduate of USC Upstate.
Amanda Carroll, a 5-8 setter from Lake In The Hills, Ill., was a three-year starter at Huntley High School and a two-time Daily-Herald All-Area selection. She helped the Red Raiders post a 29-10 record as a senior, finishing the regular season with 585 assists, 63 kills, 39 aces and 140 digs. She also earned second team all-area honors from the Northwest Herald. As a junior, Carroll helped Huntley to the Class 4A sectional finals, posting 642 assists, 51 aces, 114 digs, 19 solo blocks and a .391 hitting percentage. Carroll has also been involved with the prestigious Sky High Volleyball Club since she turned 13.
Cori Harris, a 5-10 outside hitter from Champaign, Ill., is a dynamic personality that helped Centennial High School to 101 wins in her three years on the squad and she also helped the team to two Elite Eight berths. As a senior, she was the team leader in kills (258) and aces (school-record 99) and ranked second in digs (159), helping her earn News-Gazette Area Player of the Year, All-Area First Team and first team all-state accolades. As a junior, the left-handed hitter earned News-Gazette All-Area after posting 212 kills and 56 blocks to help lead the Chargers to the super-sectionals and a school-record 34 wins. A two-time All-Big 12 Conference First Team selection, she finished her career with 659 career kills, the third most in school history. In February, she was also named to the News-Gazette's Area Prep Volleyball All-Decade Team.
Morgan Page, a 5-6 defensive specialist from Woodstock, Ga., earned four letters at Sequoyah High School, leading the school to its 15th Cherokee County Championship in the last 19 years in 2009. She also led the team to an Area 7-AAAA title and earned all-area honors in the process, helping the Chiefs to a final ranking of fifth in the state. Also involved in club volleyball, Page played with the A5 Pure Volleyball club program.
Allison Frodl, a 5-11 right side hitter from Simpsonville, S.C., was a letterwinner at Hillcrest High School under coach Lynn Avant. As a senior she was recognized as being a Top-40 Senior by her peers.