NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Belmont University Volleyball enters year one under the watchful eye of first year head coach Katelyn Harrison this weekend. The Bruins will host the annual Bruiser Showcase on August 30-31, welcoming Arkansas State, Milwaukee and North Alabama into the Curb Event Center for the two-day tournament.
BU opens the season in the friendly confines of the Curb Event Center for the first time since 2014 this weekend. Belmont faces off against North Alabama in its first contest of the tournament. The Lions bring a whopping 10 freshmen to Nashville for the tournament, returning just a pair of players from one year ago that saw the program go 4-21 overall and 2-14 for its first season in the Atlantic Sun and only in its second season as a Division I institution..
The all-time series is tied 1-1 and the programs last met in 1995.
In the night matchup on day one, the Bruins take on first-time opponent Milwaukee. The concluding the 2018 campaign making an appearance in the first round of the Horizon League tournament after going 8-22 overall and 7-9 in the conference. MKE returns 10 players from last season and will look to Kylie Wilks upfront to continue to lead offensively after tallying 241 kills one year ago.
Belmont closes the tournament on Saturday taking on Arkansas State. The Red Wolves went 19-14 overall and 9-7 in the Sun Belt one year ago and come to Nashville with a new coach at the helm in Santiago Restrepo. ASU returns 10 players after the loss of SBC Offensive Player of the Year Clarisa May but will look to sophomore Macey Putt to help lead the way. She collected eight double doubles last season and finished in the league's top five in kills.
Arkansas State leads the all-time series, 6-2, with the last meeting between the teams happening in Nashville in 2013. BU has also won the last two meetings.
Belmont comes into its home tournament looking for its first wins under Harrison. The Bruins will look to returning offensive leaders sophomore outside hitter Taylor Floyd (Louisville, Ky.) and junior middle hitter Mackenzie LePage (Franklin, Tenn.) to help lead the charge on opening weekend. Floyd led the team in kills with a total of 242 while LePage led in solo blocks (6) and block assists (50).
All matches during the Bruiser Showcase will have live stats available. All contests versus the Bruins will be live streamed live on ESPN+. Fans can also follow the Belmont's Twitter account (@BelmontVB) for live, in-game updates.