Lady Eagles Hit The Road For Final Non-Conference Slate


USI Volleyball Team Faces Rhode Island and Northern Illinois in NIU Tri-Match

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-9, 0-0 OVC) travels to Dekalb, Illinois for the NIU Tri-Match that features the University of Rhode Island (3-6) and Northern Illinois University (5-3). The Screaming Eagles will face the Rams Friday at 11 a.m. before battling the Huskies Saturday at 11 a.m. for the final non-conference match of the 2022 campaign.

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Screaming Eagles Headlines:
Anderson Honored. University of Southern Indiana junior Leah Anderson was named to the 2022 Chattanooga Classic All-Tournament team last Saturday. Anderson provided 40 kills, 32 digs, six blocks, and one ace in 10 sets.

Struggles in Tennessee. The Screaming Eagles went 0-3 in the Chattanooga Classic last weekend, falling to Miami (OH), UT Chattanooga, and Duquesne. USI put up promising numbers, nabbing 121 kills, 99 assists, 162 digs, and 24 total blocks in three matches.

Chasing History. Anderson is in line to hit the 1,000-kill plateau after accumulating 984 career kills in four seasons with the Eagles. She is also just 38 kills away from surpassing Rebecca Tillman for 14th most kills in program history. If successful, she will become the 15th player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill mark. Anderson also is within striking distance of becoming the 13th player to reach the 1,000-dig plateau (885). If successful in both endeavors, Anderson would become the fifth player in program history to reach both milestones.

Keeping it 100. Anderson has hit triple-digits for the Eagles with 100 kills. She is the lone USI player with triple-digit kills and this is the fastest Anderson has reached 100 kills in a season in her collegiate career.

Season Leaders. While Anderson holds the top spot with 100 kills, junior Katherine Koch leads the charge with 234 assists. Freshman Keira Moore has captured 129 digs while sophomore Paris Downing has a career-high 24 blocks. Koch and sophomore Abby Bednar share the service ace title with seven apiece.

OVC Leaders. USI has five players noted in four different categories in the Ohio Valley Conference statistical standings. Downing is second in the conference with 1.5 blocks per set and sixth with 24 blocks. Sophomore Lauren O’Neill is in a tie for fifth with one block per set. Koch is fourth with 234 assists and 7.55 assists per set while Anderson is fourth in kills with 100 and fifth with 3.12 kills per set. Moore holds a solid 4.03 digs per set to put her at fifth in the league and a tie for fifth with 129 digs.

OVC Top 3. The Eagles’ defense sits in the top three in two different categories in the OVC. USI is third in blocks with five solos, 118 assists, and 64 total with two per set. The Eagles also sit in a tie for third in digs with 480 digs and 15 per set.

Bednar’s Ohio Success. Bednar was able to secure an All-Tournament team selection in the Kent State Invitational. The outside/right side hitter tallied 26 digs, 22 kills, five blocks, and three aces in 10 sets played.

USI By The Set. This season, the Eagles have accumulated three opening set wins compared to winning just two sets between frames two through five. USI has lost in the third set five times and lost in the fourth set three times while only falling in a fifth set once.

Double-Doubles. There have been three Eagles who have reached the double-double mark this season. Anderson and Koch have secured three while sophomore Abby Weber has tallied two.

NIU Tri-Match. USI heads to Dekalb, Illinois to take part in the NIU Tri-Match, featuring the University of Rhode Island and Northern Illinois University. This will be the Eagles’ third tournament in 2022 and feature the final non-conference match of the regular season.