USI Volleyball begins busy week with Dig for Cure match


University of Southern Indiana Volleyball begins a busy week with its annual “Dig for the Cure” match Tuesday at 6 p.m. when it hosts Midwest Region foe Trevecca Nazarene University at the Physical Activities Center.

Following Tuesday’s tilt with the Trojans, the Screaming Eagles (9-14, 3-8 GLVC) travel to Liberty, Missouri, to take on William Jewell College Friday at 7 p.m. They conclude the week with a trip to Kirksville, Missouri, to take on Truman State University Saturday at 3 p.m.

Live stats and GLVC Sports Network coverage for all three matches can be accessed at

USI Volleyball Notes
Eagles bounce back with big win after five-match win streak ends. USI’s five-match winning streak came to an end with a three-set loss to Bellarmine University Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. The Eagles, however, bounced back with a four-set victory over the University of Indianapolis Saturday in Indianapolis.

USI posts first road win over UIndy since 2002. The Eagles’ win over Indianapolis Saturday marked the first time since September 20, 2002 that USI has defeated the Greyhounds in Indianapolis.

Last week’s leaders. Sophomore outside hitter Mikaila Humphrey (Floyd Knobs, Indiana) averaged 3.57 kills per set to lead the Eagles’ attackers last week, while sophomore middle hitter Elexis Coleman (Joliet, Illinois) chipped in 2.29 kills and a team-high 1.71 blocks per frame. Freshman setter Casey Cepicky (St. Louis, Missouri) had 9.86 assists per set, while senior libero Shannon Farrell (Munster, Indiana) and junior defensive specialist Haley Limper(Springfield, Illinois) respectively tallied 4.43 and 2.86 digs per set.

GLVC statistical watch. USI has three players ranked in the top 10 of the GLVC to begin the week. Senior middle blocker Te’Ayla Whitfield (Fort Wayne, Indiana) ranks sixth in the GLVC with a team-high 1.12 blocks per set, while Cepicky and Humphrey are respectively seventh and eighth in assists per set (8.59) and kills per set (3.25).

Record watch. Senior libero Shannon Farrell (Munster, Indiana) ranks second all-time at USI with 1,723 career digs. Farrell is chasing former USI standout libero Kayla Heldman, who amassed a school-record 1,848 career digs from 2010-13.

Senior middle blocker Te’Ayla Whitfield (Fort Wayne, Indiana) also ranks 13th all-time at USI with 265 career blocks and 10th all-time at USI with 230 block assists.

USI versus Trevecca Nazarene. The Eagles are looking to avenge a three-set loss they suffered to Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville, Tennessee, a year ago. The Trojans begin the week with a 4-18 overall record and a 1-11 mark in Great Midwest Athletic Conference competition.

USI versus William Jewell. The Eagles are 5-0 all-time against the Cardinals following a three-set win over William Jewell in Evansville last year. The Cardinals begin the week with a 9-15 overall record and are fourth in the GLVC West Division with a 3-8 league mark.

USI versus Truman State. Truman, which defeated the Eagles in four sets last year in Kirksville, Missouri, begins the week ranked third in the GLVC West Division with an 11-12 overall record and a 4-7 mark in GLVC play.

A look ahead. USI returns to the Physical Activities Center for its final three regular-season home matches November 3-7. The Eagles host Quincy University November 3, the University of Missouri-St. Louis for Senior Day November 4, and Indianapolis November 7.