USI Volleyball set to open GLVC play

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University of Southern Indiana Volleyball opens Great Lakes Valley Conference play this week as it visits Maryville University Thursday at 7 p.m. in St. Louis, Missouri, before hosting Missouri S&T Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Physical Activities Center.

Live stats and GLVC Sports Network coverage can be accessed at GoUSIEagles.com, while USI students can enter their names into an end-of-the-year drawing for a $500 Campus Store giveaway at every home match this season.

USI Volleyball Notes
Eagles go 2-2 at DH.
The Screaming Eagles went 2-2 at the Dunn Hospitality Invitational last weekend. USI began the weekend with a three-set win over Purdue University Northwest and a four-set triumph over Cedarville University; but suffered a four-set loss to Northwood University and a three-game setback to the University of North Alabama to end the weekend.

Humphrey named to All-Tourney team. Sophomore outside hitter Mikaila Humphrey (Floyd Knobs, Indiana) was named to the Dunn Hospitality All-Tournament team after averaging 3.79 kills and 4.14 points per frame. On the year, Humphrey leads USI with 3.29 kills and 0.29 aces per set.

Great Wall of Whitfield. Senior middle hitter Te’Ayla Whitfield (Fort Wayne, Indiana) racked up an eye-popping 1.71 blocks per set at the Dunn Hospitality Invitational. On the year, Whitfield is currently second in the GLVC with 1.33 blocks per frame.

Farrell closing in on Probst. Senior libero Shannon Farrell (Munster, Indiana) is just 13 digs shy of former USI standout Amanda Probst for second on USI’s all-time digs list. Farrell, who has 1,477 career digs, is currently averaging a team-high 4.21 digs per set in 2017. Kayla Heldman is USI’s all-time leader with 1,848 career digs.

Peoples put up big numbers. Junior setter Erika Peoples (Bloomington, Illinois) averaged 11.38 assists, 3.50 digs and 0.88 blocks per set in eight sets of action this past weekend.

Lee stepping up back row production. Senior defensive specialist Jessica Lee (Mackinaw, Illinois) averaged 3.64 digs per set at the Dunn Hospitality Invitational, raising her season-average to 2.36 digs per frame.

Coleman providing consistent attack. Sophomore middle hitter Elexis Coleman (Joliet, Illinois) posted a team-best .321 attacking percentage at the Dunn Hospitality Invitational. She currently leads the Eagles with a .257 attacking percentage on the year.

Scouting the opposition. Maryville enters this week’s GLVC play looking for its first win of the year after going 0-8 during the first two weeks of the season, while Missouri S&T, which hosts Drury University Thursday, is 4-5 after posting a 3-2 mark last week.

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