Second Half of A-SUN Slate Ramps Up This Weekend

  0 volleymob | October 19th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

Courtesy: Atlantic Sun Conference

ATLANTA, Ga. – The second round of ASUN Conference Volleyball matches hits full swing this weekend, as all nine programs will have started the second half of league play by weekend’s end.

After Kennesaw State’s huge road victory at Lipscomb on Wednesday, the Owls maintained sole possession of first place, holding a one game lead over FGCU. The Owls come home this weekend with matches against NJIT and North Alabama. Second place FGCU also gets some home cooking this weekend, as they play host to North Florida and Jacksonville, two teams they swept earlier this season. Lipscomb has a lone game this weekend against NJIT, before visiting North Alabama next Tuesday night.

Liberty continues its nine-game homestand this weekend with matches against both River City schools, Jacksonville and North Florida. The Flames earned their first ASUN wins over both squads earlier last month. Stetson has this weekend off, before welcoming two of the conferences’ best teams in Kennesaw State and Lipscomb next weekend.

This weekend, several games will be broadcasted on ESPN3, ESPN+ and Facebook Live. For a full list of video and live stat links, check out our full schedule.

FGCU Eagles (15-6, 7-1)

Twitter: @FGCU_VB
Next Three Matches: vs. North Florida (10/19; 7 PM – Facebook Live); vs. Jacksonville (10/21; 2 PM – Facebook Live); vs. FIU (10/23; 7 PM – Facebook Live)
Last Three Matches: at Bethune-Cookman (W, 3-0); at Liberty (W, 3-2); vs. Stetson (W, 3-0)
– The Eagles are 7-1 in the ASUN and stand in second place, just one game back of Kennesaw State
– FGCU is 21-6 all-time against UNF and has never lost to the Ospreys in Fort Myers
– The Eagles are looking to sweep the season series from both UNF and Jacksonville, winning each previous match, 3-0
Snowy Burnam recorded a career-high in digs on Tuesday against Bethune-Cookman, racking up 18

Jacksonville Dolphins (3-18, 2-7)

Twitter: JAX_Volleyball
Next Three Matches: at Liberty (10/19; 7 PM – ESPN+); at FGCU (10/21; 2 PM – Facebook Live); vs. North Florida (10/23; 7 PM – ESPN+)
Last Three Matches: vs. Stetson (W, 3-0); at Lipscomb (L, 3-0) vs. NJIT (L, 3-2)
– Jacksonville picked up its second ASUN victory of the season on Tuesday with a five-set win over Stetson
Mallory Mattingly, who ranks fourth in total kills in the ASUN, posted 21 kills and 12 digs
– JU is the best serving team in the league, ranking first in aces/set at 1.60 and 14th nationally in total aces with 128
Lauren Petersen posted a season-high 49 assists against Stetson. She also posted 10 digs to notch a double-double

Kennesaw State Owls (17-4, 8-0)

Twitter: @KSUOwlsVB
Next Three Match: vs. North Alabama (10/19; 7 PM ET – ESPN+); vs. NJIT (10/21; 2 PM – ESPN+); at North Florida (10/26; 6 PM)
Last Three Matches: at Lipscomb (W, 3-2); vs. Jacksonville (W, 3-0) at Liberty (W, 3-1)
– Kennesaw State’s 8-0 record is their best ASUN start in program history, they look to make it 10-0 this weekend
– The Owls took down Lipscomb in five-sets on Wednesday to maintain sole possession of first place in the ASUN
Lauren Chastang notched her 10th double-double vs. Lipscomb (Tied for 2nd in ASUN) with 21 kills, 19 digs and a .347 H%
– With 11 kills & 10 blocks against Lipscomb, Quin Sutphin notched the first double-double in KSU history with kills and blocks

Liberty Flames (8-13, 5-3)

Twitter: @LibertyWVB
Next Three Matches: vs. Jacksonville (10/19; 7 PM – ESPN+); vs. North Florida (10/21; 1 PM – ESPN+); vs. Maryland Eastern Shore (10/23; 6 PM – ESPN+)
Last Three Matches: vs. Stetson (W, 3-0); vs. FGCU (L, 3-2); vs. Kennesaw State (L, 3-1)
– Liberty looks to complete season sweeps of Jacksonville and North Florida; the Flames are currently fourth in the ASUN standings
Casey Goodwin won her second ASUN Player of the Week award last week; her 19 kills vs Stetson were the most for a Flames player in an ASUN match this season
Kainah Williams scored a career-high 14 kills at a .619 pace against FGCU, joining Casey Goodwin (.684 at Jacksonville) as the only Flames to hit .600 or better this season
– The Flames take on MEAC foe, Maryland Eastern Shore, next Wednesday. Liberty is 25-1 all-time against MEAC competition

Lipscomb Bisons (11-9, 6-2)

Twitter: @LipscombVball
Next Three Matches: vs. NJIT (10/19; 6:30 PM CT – ESPN+); at North Alabama (10/23; 7 PM CT); at Stetson (10/26; 5 PM CT – ESPN+)
Last Three Matches: vs. Kennesaw State (L, 3-2); vs. Jacksonville (W, 3-0); at FGCU (L, 3-1)
– Lipscomb plays NJIT and North Alabama this weekend; the Bisons have never lost to either opponent
Carlyle Nusbaum, who leads the ASUN in kill/set, notched her 10th double-double vs. KSU with 19 kills and 15 digs
– Morgan Elmore is second in the ASUN with 9.90 assists per set. She is posting 11.45 per set against league foes and set a career high with 53 helpers Wednesday
– In league matches, Lipscomb averages 13.45 assists per set and 14.48 kills per set

NJIT Highlanders (4-19, 2-6)

Twitter: @NjitVolleyball
Next Three Matches: at Lipscomb (10/19; 7:30 PM ET – ESPN+); at Kennesaw State (10/21; 2 PM); at Liberty (10/26; 6 PM – ESPN+)
Last Three Matches: vs. Manhattan (L, 3-2); vs. North Florida (L, 3-0); vs. North Alabama (W, 3-0)
– NJIT goes on the road this weekend for matches against Lipscomb and Kennesaw State
– At 2-6, the Highlanders are just one game back from the sixth and final spot in the ASUN Championship
Adriana Nieto is one of the best liberos in the country and her 5.20 digs/set and 385 total digs rank 31st and 36th nationally
– Despite missing six matches this season, Madi Busler leads the Highlanders in kills and kills/set with 146 and 2.65

North Alabama Lions (2-15, 0-8)

Twitter: @RoarLions_UNA
Next Three Matches: at Kennesaw State (10/19; 6 PM CT); vs. Lipscomb (10/23; 7 PM CT); at FGCU (10/26; 5 PM CT – Facebook Live)
Last Three Matches: vs. North Florida (L, 3-2); at NJIT (L, 3-0); at Stetson (L, 3-0)
– The Lions hit the road this weekend for a match at Kennesaw State, before taking on Lipscomb on Sunday
Malaisia Stallworth notched her best game of the year against UNF, with 14 kills and a .464 H%
Jayden Davila-McClary tallied a season-high 40 assists last Sunday against North Florida, she also had 15 digs
Genesis Benitez leads UNA in digs/set with a mark of 3.90, she notched a season-high 26 digs against UNF

North Florida Ospreys (8-16, 3-5)

Twitter: @OspreysVB
Next Three Matches: at FGCU (10/19; 7 PM – Facebook Live); at Liberty (10/21; 1 PM – ESPN+); at Jacksonville (10/23; 7 PM – ESPN+)
Last Three Matches: vs. North Alabama (W, 3-2); vs. NJIT (W, 3-0); vs. Stetson (L, 3-0)
– North Florida continues its five-game road trip this weekend for matches at FGCU & Liberty
– While they trail the all-time series, UNF has won 2 of the last four matches with FGCU
Gabby O’Connell has racked up three double-doubles in her last four matches and has recorded double-digit digs in five of the last six
Devyn Wheeler‘s 19 kills against North Alabama were her most in an ASUN match this season; she had 21 vs. North Dakota on Sept. 10

Stetson Hatters (12-9, 4-5)

Twitter: @StetsonVB
Next Three Matches: vs. Lipscomb (10/26; 6 PM ET – ESPN+); vs. Kennesaw State (10/27; 6 PM – ESPN+); vs. North Florida (10/30; 6 PM – ESPN+)
Last Three Matches: at Jacksonville (L, 3-2); at Liberty (L, 3-0); at FGCU (L, 3-0)
– The Hatters +9 win improvement from 2017 currently leads all of the NCAA
– Stetson looks to avenge losses to Lipscomb and Kennesaw State when they welcome them to the Edmunds Center next weekend
Naina Ivanova leads the ASUN in double-doubles with 11; four of them have come in ASUN play
– The Hatters continue to be one of the best defensive teams in the ASUN, leading in digs, digs/set and block solos and rank third in total blocks and blocks/set

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