October 3, 2013

Upstate Volleyball Hits the Road this Weekend for Two A-Sun Matches

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Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate volleyball team returns to Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend as it hits the road for two matches against the Lipscomb Bisons and Northern Kentucky Norse.

The Spartans will first face Lipscomb on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. before wrapping up the weekend Saturday afternoon at Northern Kentucky in a 3 p.m. contest. Fans will be able to follow both matches online at upstatespartans.com with links to live video and live stats. Post-match information including recaps and statistics also will be available following each contest.

Upstate enters the weekend with a 1-11 overall record and 1-2 record in conference play. The Spartans are coming off a hard-fought 3-1 non-conference road loss on Tuesday evening against the UNC Asheville Bulldogs.

Sophomore outside hitter Kayla Eversgerd led the Spartans with her team-leading sixth double-double of the season (19 kills, 11 digs) and was one of three players with 10 or more kills in the match. She was joined by freshman middle blocker Emily Koelling with 15 kills and freshman outside hitter Alexa Lagaley's 10. Sophomore setter Lexi Gober also contributed her fifth double-double of the season with 53 assists and 13 digs.

Eversgerd leads Upstate both offensively and defensively with 131 kills and 133 digs. Koelling is second with 107 kills on the season to go with a .222 hitting percentage. Gober ranks first on the team with 391 assists and nine service aces. Sophomore middle blocker Javon Gates tops the squad in total blocks with 25, and is second with 18 assisted blocks.

Lipscomb is led by head coach Brandon Rosenthal, and has a 9-6 overall record and 2-1 mark against conference opponents. The Bisons lead the all-time series, which began in 2007, over Upstate 10-0. Lipscomb won all three meetings last season against the Spartans, 3-0 in Spartanburg, 3-0 in Nashville and 3-2 in Jacksonville during the A-Sun Tournament.

Northern Kentucky, at the moment, holds an overall record of 5-10 and 0-3 conference record. It The Norse will face fellow A-Sun member ETSU on Friday. NKU is led by fourth-year head coach Liz Hart. Upstate began the all-time series with NKU last season with the Norse winning both matches, a  3-1 in Spartanburg and 3-0 victory in Highland Heights.

The Spartans return home for the first of three straight A-Sun matches on Oct. 11 with a 7 p.m. contest against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. Upstate will then host the Stetson Hatters on Oct. 12 and Mercer Bears on Oct. 15.