Bruins Ready for First Road Test Against Tennessee Tech
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- - After opening the 2010 season at home with the Belmont Invitational, the Bruins (2-1,0-0) will travel to Cookeville, Tenn., Tuesday night to take on Tennessee Tech (0-3, 0-0) in a non-conference match. First serve for the match is set for 7 p.m.
Belmont will look to build on its 2-1 record against a Tennessee Tech that went 0-3 in the opening weekend. Overall, the Bruins are 3-8 against the Golden Eagles, losing the last match in a 0-3 decision in Cookeville. Belmont will need strong performances from seniors Kayla Albritton and Tara Blood, as well as solid output from junior Maggie Johnson, a 2010 preseason All-Conference pick. Albritton is the team co-leader in kills with 36 and turned in a good all-around performance at the Belmont Invitational en route to earning all-tournament honors. The senior from Gainesville, Fla., also turned in a league-leading seven service aces to go along with her team-high .354 hitting percentage. Blood (Boise, Idaho) joined Albritton on the All-Tournament team after leading the Bruins with 14 blocks over the weekend, including six against Jacksonville State in the final match of the Invitational.
A win Tuesday night would be career victory number 300 for Head Coach Deane Webb. Webb is already the winningest coach in school history with 137 wins during his tenure with the Bruins, and has earned Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year honors twice (2004, 2006). He also led Belmont to five consecutive 20-win seasons between 2004-2008, helping the Bruins join an elite club of teams with consecutive 20-win seasons. With Webb at the helm, Belmont has claimed the conference title twice (2006 and 2008), and made the NCAA Tournament twice.