NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont Volleyball returns to Nashville to continue Ohio Valley Conference play this week. The Bruins (1-16, 0-2 OVC) make the short trip to crosstown rival Tennessee State (8-7, 1-1 OVC) on Tuesday evening at TSU's Kean Hall.
Tennessee State saw its recent three-match win streak snapped on the opening weekend of league play with a loss at Morehead State. TSU now stands 8-7 overall and have a 1-1 mark in OVC play. The Tigers are led in kills by Julia Pierson, who has tallied 134, and Aniya Williams, who has recorded 102. Teuila Lolotai leads the team in assists with a total of 184 while Gina Rivera Ortiz leads the team in digs with a total of 258. Aria Holmes has also posted nine solo blocks.
BU leads the all-time series, 23-12. The programs, who meet two during the regular season, have split their last four contests.
Junior Halee Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas) leads the Bruins in kills, tallying 190. Leading the team in assists is junior Akia Warrior (Fort Worth, Texas), after recording 396. A trio of Bruins are splitting dig duty led by Van Poppel with 133, followed by sophomore Peyton Kelley (Normal, Ill.) with 124, followed by classmate Faith Cobaugh (Union, Ky.) with 120. Freshman Kailee Bass (Aurora, Ill.) has also notched seven solo blocks and a team-leading 50 block assists.
Several Bruins are making statistical waves among all NCAA Division I players and in the Ohio Valley Conference as of September 29. Nationally, Bass is ranked 87th in total blocks and 232nd in blocks per set while Van Poppel is ranked 94th in total attacks and 149th in total kills.
In the OVC, Bass is tied for seventh in blocks. Van Poppel comes in at eighth in kills in the league and ninth in the conference in points. Warrior is ranked ninth in assists in the OVC.
Tuesday's match at Tennessee State is set to begin at 6 p.m. The match will have live stats available and can be seen live on ESPN+. Fans may also follow the team's Twitter account (@BelmontVB) for live, in-game updates.