The USC Upstate volleyball team begins A-Sun Conference play this weekend as it heads to Kennesaw State on Saturday to face the Owls at 3 p.m. inside the KSU Convocation Center.
Upstate heads into the conference opener with a 12-4 record after holding off Wofford 3-2 Tuesday evening at the Hodge Center. The Spartans tied the record for most wins in the Division I era after Lexi Gober, Kayla Eversgerd, Callie Yeargin and Rebecca Shearer each had double-doubles in the five-set victory over the Terriers. Yeargin set a new career-high with 16 kills and Shearer 22 digs.
Upstate currently leads the nation in attacks per set and total attacks, and are second in digs per set, digs and service aces. As a team, the Spartans top the A-Sun in kills, assists, service aces and digs.
Madison Haake is one of four players with over 100 kills this season as she leads the team with 169. Haake has also compiled a team-high 182 digs and 26 service aces. Gober has contributed 550 assists and Emily Koelling 47 blocks.
Kennesaw State currently sits at 8-3 overall after defeating Georgia Tech last Friday. The Owls are under the direction of third-year head coach Keith Schunzel. KSU is led offensively by Kelly Marcinek with 107 kills on the season while Kristi Piedimonte has dished out 358 assists. Katarina Morton leads the team with 135 digs and Rachel Taylor has added 27 blocks.
The Owls lead the all-time series over Upstate 10-4 and hold a 7-0 advantage when playing in Kennesaw. Kennesaw State won both matches last season by identical 3-2 scores.
Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. The match is being televised on A-Sun.TV. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate volleyball Twitter page (@UpstateVB).
The Spartans are back in action next Friday, Oct. 2 as they host North Florida at 6 p.m. in their “Dig Pink” match. All fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.