(KAIT) -The Redhawks volleyball team starts Ohio Valley Conference play this weekend as they begin a three-match road swing. First up is Tennessee Tech on Friday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. followed by Jacksonville State on Saturday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m.
You can follow the action for both games via live stats. For the Tennessee Tech game log on to www.ttusports.com and for the Jacksonville State match follow the action at www.jsugamecocksports.com . The match against Tennessee Tech can also be viewed live on www.ovcsports.tv .
The Redhawks road struggles continued this past weekend as they dropped all three of their matches against a stacked field at the Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic. The team went 0-3 in tournament play and have dropped four-straight matches.
The Redhawks opened the weekend with a 3-1 loss to Ole Miss. The following day the Redhawks went 0-2 against two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) powers in Georgia Tech and Clemson.
Senior rightside hitter Karleigh DeLong returned from an injury that kept her out of the team's previous tournament to gain All-Tournament accolades. She averaged 2.64 kills and 1.64 digs per set and led the team with 32.5 points during the weekend. It was DeLong's second All-Tournament honor this year.
Fellow senior Molly Davis was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week after averaging a 7.36 digs per set. Davis continued her outstanding season by breaking yet another school record. Against Georgia Tech she finished with a school record 39 digs. She currently ranks 8th in the NCAA with an average of 5.55 digs per set.
For the year the Redhawks are hitting .163 for an average of 11.45 kills per set. The Redhawks have recorded hitting percentages over .200 in five of their nine matches this season
Middle blocker Emily Hughes leads the team with 94 kills (2.85 per set), a .274 attack percentage and 18 block assists. Senior Karleigh DeLong has two double-doubles this season and is averaging 2.91 kills and 2.77 digs per set. Freshman Karlee Lursen also has two double-doubles, averaging 1.83 kills and 2.13 digs per set. Sarah Barth leads the team with 9.83 assists per set and is also averaging 1.83 digs per frame.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
The Golden Eagles (1-8) have struggled this season and have dropped four-straight matches. Last year's OVC Champions were picked to finish fifth in the OVC Preseason Poll despite returning the conference's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
The team returns seven players from last year's squad led by reigning OVC Player of the Year, junior Leah Meffert. Meffert leads the OVC with 137 kills and a 3.81 per set average. Amanda Lindgren is averaging 3.06 kills per set. Katie Kenline was the OVC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and leads the team with 4.22 digs per set which ranks fifth in the OVC. This week's OVC Setter of the Week Melanie Culp is averaging 9.33 assists per set.
The Golden Eagles are allowing opponents to hit .265 against them while hitting just .182.
The Redhawks snapped a two match losing streak against the Golden Eagles with a split of their season series. In their 3-1 victory at Houck, Claire Keaton recorded a match-best 18 kills while Amanda Rickhoff added 10 kills. Molly Davis had a match-high 21 digs and Sarah Barth recorded a double-double with 46 assists and 11 digs. Lindgren led the Golden Eagles with 17 kills and Kenline finished with 20 digs.
The Redhawks lead the all-time series 32-9 including a 11-7 record in Cookeville, Tennessee. In OVC openers the Redhawks are 12-6 all-time but just 1-4 when they open OVC play on the road.
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