Aug. 30, 2007
UNF Labor Day Classic Notes
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By Corey Miggins, Assistant Sports Information Director
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Southeast Missouri State volleyball continues its tournament slate this weekend as it competes in the North Florida Labor Day Classic at the UNF Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The Redhawks will face tournament host North Florida in their first match Friday evening at 6 p.m. Southeast then heads into a pair of contests Saturday versus Weber State at 9:30 a.m., before playing UTSA at 3 p.m.
Scouting The Redhawks:
Southeast heads to Florida sporting a 2-1 record on the young season after posting a second-place finish at the Ball State Active Ankle Invitational last weekend. After falling to nationally-ranked Ohio State in three games, the Redhawks captured a 3-2 win over the host Cardinals and produced a three-game sweep of Maine. Senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader is averaging 3.00 kills, 1.00 service aces and 0.91 blocks per game to lead Southeast. Senior outside hitter Brittany Hastings currently ranks second at 2.64 kills per game, while sophomore libero Molly Davis is the team's leader in digs with a 4.18 dig per game average. Sophomore setter Sarah Barth has posted averages of 8.18 apg and 3.64 dpg in addition to tying for the team lead in double-doubles with two.
Scouting The Ospreys:
North Florida enters its first home weekend of the year with a record of 0-3. The Ospreys opened the season last weekend at the Georgia Southern Invitational with three-game losses to Georgia Southern, Georgia and fellow Atlantic Sun Conference member Stetson. UNF is led by junior outside hitter Kavie Sturch, who is averaging 2.88 kpg, 2.88 dpg and 0,38 bpg, in addition to earning all-tournament team honors at Georgia Southern. Freshman setter Madeline Blevin has tallied averages of 6.33 apg and 1.89 dpg, and junior libero Nikki Prock paces the Ospreys' defensive unit in digs with a 3.75 dpg average. UNF is coached by Kevin Campbell, who enters her inaugural season at the Jacksonville, Fla., school after serving as an assistant coach for four seasons at Big Ten and national powerhouse Penn State.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Southeast and North Florida.
Scouting The Wildcats:
Weber State heads into this weekend's UNF Labor Day Classic with a 0-1 record after suffering a five-game loss Wyoming at home on Aug. 25. The Wildcats were led by sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Bair's 19 kills and seven service aces in addition to 12 kills from junior middle blocker Brittney Bisallion and sophomore outside hitter Micah Lines. Junior college transfer Sierra Clark notched 30 assists and six digs, and sophomore outside hitter Caitlyn Anderson added 27 digs.
Weber State holds a 1-0 advantage over Southeast after capturing the only meeting between the two teams at the Air Force Falcon Invitational in 2005 with a three-game victory.
Scouting The Roadrunners:
After suffering three losses to start the season, UTSA comes to Jacksonville this weekend after opening its home slate by defeating Texas-Pan American, 3-0, on Aug. 28. The Roadrunners are led by freshman outside hitter Kendra Rowland (3.92 kpg, 2.17 dpg) and junior middle hitter Victoria Prior (3.08 kpg, 0.83 bpg, .301 hitting percentage). Junior setter Rebecca Hrapmann is averaging a team-leading 8.58 assists and 3.08 digs per game for UTSA. The Roadrunners, who have just four letterwinners returning from last year, are led by sixth-year head coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff. Neugebaurer-Groff has amassed an 81-81 record in five seasons at UTSA.
This is the first meeting on the volleyball court between Southeast and UTSA.
Schlader's Smokin' Aces:
Senior Brenna Schlader used the serve to her advantage at Ball State last Saturday as she tallied a career-best six service aces in the Redhawks' thrilling five-game win over the host Cardinals after tallying three aces against nationally-ranked Ohio State. The Columbia, Mo., native concluded the weekend with a pair of aces in the tournament finale against Maine en route to capturing all-tournament team honors.
There's No Place Like Home:
Sophomore Molly Davis proved that coming home pays dividends as she helped Southeast finish second at Ball State in her hometown of Muncie, Ind., last weekend. Davis saved her best for the Cardinals as she tallied 29 digs and was selected to the all-tournament team.
Southeast returns to the Midwest next weekend to compete in the Santo Bento Volleyball Invitational, hosted by Saint Louis. The Redhawks kick off tournament play against the Billikens on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m., before playing Connecticut (1:30 p.m.) and IUPUI (4:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 8.