Eagles Conclude Homestand With Senior Day

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-23, 1-12 OVC) will end the home schedule this weekend when the Screaming Eagles host Tennessee State University (12-15, 6-8 OVC) on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Screaming Eagles Arena. At the conclusion of Saturday’s match, USI will recognize junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) and manager Sabrina Yamashita (Evansville, Indiana) for their time at USI.
 
Game Coverage
Information about USI Volleyball, including live stats, video, and audio broadcasts, is available on USIScreamingEagles.com. 
 
Tickets
USI Volleyball tickets are on sale now, with adult tickets at $8, non-USI students at $5, and all USI students, staff, and faculty with a valid ID and any child 11-and-under are admitted free.
 
Screaming Eagles Headlines:
Eagles Blanked by MSU. The Screaming Eagles struggled against Morehead State last weekend, dropping a pair of 3-0 matches. USI is searching for its first win since defeating Lindenwood on 9/30.
 
You Have To #OVCit. The Eagles’ final chance of making the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament is in the hands of Tennessee State. USI will face the Tigers Friday and Saturday as the final home matches of the season.
 
Senior Day. USI will host Senior Day on Saturday. Katherine Koch and Sabrina Yamashita will be recognized for their accomplishments as Eagles.
 
Season Leaders. Junior Leah Anderson leads the group with 274 kills and 20 aces as Koch holds a team-high 354 assists. On defense, freshman Keira Moore has received 263 digs while sophomore Paris Downing has earned 76 blocks.
 
OVC Leaders. There are five Eagles who sit atop the best in five different categories within the OVC individual standings. Anderson ranks fifth in points per set (3.70), sixth in kills per set (3.18), and 10th in digs per set (2.92). Sophomore Carly Sobieralski holds the ninth-most assists per set (5.50) while Koch has tallied the 10th most assists per set (5.45). Moore has recorded 3.87 digs per set, putting her at seventh, while Downing is sixth with 1.06 blocks per set.
 
Digging Out. The Eagles’ defense is third in the conference with 15.47 digs per set and eighth with 1,330 digs.
 
Keeping it 100. Three Eagles have reached the 100-kill club this season. Anderson leads the pack with 274, sophomore Abby Bednar has 186, and sophomore Abby Weber has 178.
 
Level 300. Sobieralski and Koch are the only pair to reach 300 assists this season for USI. Koch has 354 assists while Sobieralski is close behind with 330 assists.
 
Double-Doubles. There have been six Eagles who have reached the double-double mark this season. Anderson leads the team with 11 while Sobieralski has earned seven. Koch and Weber have tallied four each while Bednar has nabbed two and sophomore Evie Duncan has earned one.
 
History Has Been Made. Anderson has hit three milestones this season by becoming the 15th player to reach 1,000 kills, the 13th player to reach 1,000 digs, and the fifth player in program history to reach both feats. She has joined a historic group that includes Shannon Wells, Jamie Roth, Danielle Peter, and Leeanne Gross in the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club.
 
About Tennessee State. The Tigers come into the weekend 12-15 overall and 6-8 in the OVC. TSU thrives off their defense, leading the league in opponent-hitting percentage (.180) and total blocks (234.0) while having the second-most blocks per set (2.29). The Tigers have also played the most sets in the conference with 102 total sets played. TSU has 11 upperclassmen on their roster with just four underclassmen.

Leading the Tigers. Junior Kennedy Davis leads the OVC in hitting percentage (.343) while senior Johanna Alcantara holds the third-most kills per set (3.65) and points per set (3.95). Graduate student Gina Rivera-Ortiz has been dynamic as the Tigers’ libero, nabbing a second-best 5.47 digs per set in the league. There have been four Tigers who have a combined 10 weekly honors this season. Rivera-Ortiz has totaled three Defensive Player of the Week while Alcantara is the reigning Offensive and Newcomer Player of the Week, accumulating a total of two Offensive Player of the Week titles and four Newcomer of the Week honors. Graduate student Login Williams has recorded one Setter of the Week award.
 
Record Book Watch. The Eagles have one player climbing up the USI Volleyball Record Book:
–Leah Anderson is fifth in service aces (159), eighth in kills (1,158), and 13th in digs (1,041) all-time.