Eagles Riding Five-Match In Streak Into Second Half Of GLVC Play


University of Southern Indiana Volleyball looks to add to its five-match winning streak when it resumes Great Lakes Valley Conference play this weekend.

USI (8-13, 2-7 GLVC) begins the weekend with a stop in Louisville, Kentucky, to take on East Division rival Bellarmine University Friday at 6 p.m. (CDT). The Eagles travel to Indianapolis Saturday at 2 p.m. (CDT) to take on the University of Indianapolis.

Live stats and GLVC Sports Network coverage for both matches can be accessed at GoUSIEagles.com.

USI Volleyball Notes
Eagles streaking.
The Screaming Eagles bring a five-match winning streak into the second half of GLVC play after going 4-0 in Midwest Region play last week, including 3-0 at the Midwest Region Crossover. The winning streak is USI’s longest since the Eagles strung together six straight victories during the 2015 campaign.

Last week’s leaders. Senior middle hitter Te’Ayla Whitfield (Fort Wayne, Indiana) recorded 2.27 kills and 1.47 blocks per set as well as a .397 attacking percentage to lead the Eagles last week. Sophomore outside hitter Mikaila Humphrey (Floyd Knobs, Indiana) had 3.93 kills per set and a .303 attacking percentage, while freshman setter Casey Cepicky (St. Louis, Missouri) and senior libero Shannon Farrell(Munster, Indiana) averaged 11.00 assists and 4.13 digs per set, respectively.

Leaders during the streak. Whitfield is averaging 2.10 kills and 1.40 blocks per set to go along with a .375 attacking percentage in the last five matches, while sophomore middle hitter Elexis Coleman is pairing a .364 hitting clip with 3.05 kills and 1.15 blocks per frame. Humphrey is adding 3.90 kills per set, while Cepicky and Farrell are respectively contributing 11.15 assists and 4.35 digs per stanza.

GLVC statistical watch. USI has three players ranked in the top 10 of the GLVC to begin the week. Whitfield ranks seventh in the GLVC with a team-high 1.13 blocks per set, while Cepicky and Humphrey are respectively eighth in assists per set (8.44) and kills per set (3.22).

Record watch. Senior libero Shannon Farrell (Munster, Indiana) ranks second all-time at USI with 1,692 career digs. Farrell is chasing former USI standout libero Kayla Heldman, who amassed a school-record 1,848 career digs from 2010-13.

USI versus Bellarmine. Friday’s match is the second time this year that the Eagles and Knights have hooked up. Bellarmine swept USI (25-18, 25-19, 25-12) at the PAC last month to earn its third straight win over the Eagles. The Knights are 16-5 overall and 6-3 in GLVC play after going 1-2 at the Crossover.

USI versus UIndy. Saturday’s meeting is the first of two matches between the Eagles and Greyhounds. UIndy, which defeated USI in four sets a year ago, begins the week with an 11-10 overall record and a 6-3 mark in league play after going 0-3 at the Crossover.

A look ahead. USI returns to the Physical Activities Center October 24 when it hosts Trevecca Nazarene University in its “Dig for the Cure” match. The Eagles visit William Jewell College and Truman State University October 27 and 28 before hosting three straight in the PAC to begin November.