The Lady Mocs (15-11, 10-3) enter this week after collecting two more conference wins, defeating The Citadel 3-1 and Georgia Southern 3-1, to push their record to 10-3 in the Southern Conference and remain in the chase for the conference’s top seed. Against the Bulldogs, senior middle blocker Leslee Ball (Sycamore, Ill.) posted a career-high 31 kills and a .475 hitting percentage, as well as five blocks, while senior outside hitter Jamie Engel (Troy, Ill.) finished with 17 kills and a team-high tying 21 digs.
Freshman setter Bailee Chastain (
Ball continues to lead the team with 4.77 kills and 0.81 blocks per game as well as a .337 hitting percentage while Chastain averages 11.00 assists per game. Ball is currently second in kills per game in the conference with an average of 5.06, and leads the SoCon with 253 kills, is second in points with 5.73 per game and is fourth in hitting percentage at .336. Senior outside hitter Jamie Engel (
Junior libero Lara Newberry (
As a team, the Lady Mocs continue to lead the nation in digs at 23.1 per game and the conference at 23.54. UTC is also tied for the second lowest hitting percentage allowed in the Southern Conference, limiting opponents to a .153 percentage.
WCU is led offensively by senior middle blocker Meredith Harmon’s 2.94 kills and sophomore setter Katie Hennessey’s 8.99 assists per game. Hennessey also adds 2.63 digs, 1.78 kills and 0.41 blocks per game. Defensively, sophomore libero Liz Rondone accounts for 5.27 digs per game, and is second in the conference behind Newberry with a 5.54 average, while freshman middle blocker LaTonia Cunningham averages a team-high 1.09 blocks and is fourth in the SoCon with a 1.29 blocks per game average.
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