October 03, 2002
USI volleyball finally home
After five straight weekends of traveling, the University of Southern Indiana volleyball team will finally have an opportunity to entertain its home crowd. The Screaming Eagles will host the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Friday night (7 p.m.) and #23 Lewis University Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.). Both matches will take place at the Physical Activities Center.
USI enters this weekend’s matches with a 10-5 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Eagles are currently tied for first in the GLVC Green Division and tied for fourth overall in the GLVC. USI is ranked ninth in the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional poll while Lewis is tied for second in the region.
Coming off an impressive 3-0 victory at Quincy University last Friday, the Eagles will need to continued their solid play as UWP enters tomorrow night’s match with a 9-6 overall mark and a 2-2 record in the GLVC. The Lady Rangers enter the match on the heels of a two-match winning streak.
It will not get any easier for USI as Lewis enters this weekend’s matches with a perfect 15-0 record, including a 4-0 record against GLVC competition.
Leading the charge for the Eagles is senior outside hitter Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana). Wells leads the GLVC in service aces (1.02 sapg), second in the conference in kills per game (4.30), and third in the league in digs per game (3.78).
On the opposite side of Wells, fellow classmate Kristi Kavanaugh (Montgomery, Indiana) is coming off one of her best performances of the season. Kavanaugh is averaging 2.56 kills per game and is fifth in the GLVC with 3.46 digs per game.
Against GLVC competition, Kavanaugh has averaged 3.89 kills and 5.11 digs per game.
In the middle, the Eagles have benefited from the consistent play of sophomores Natalie Atzinger (Louisville, Kentucky) and Leeanne Gross (Decatur, Indiana). Gross is fifth in the GLVC in hitting percentage (.322) while Atzinger is seventh in the league in hitting percentage (.318).
Junior setter Kim Boehmer (Cincinnati, Ohio) is third in the GLVC with 11.88 assists per game. Against GLVC competition, Boehmer is averaging 13.78 assists per game, good enough for second in the conference.
Since 1989, USI is a combined 14-14 against its UWP and Lewis. The Eagles are 8-4 against UWP and 6-10 against Lewis.
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