NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Belmont Volleyball will conclude a three-match Ohio Valley Conference homestand this weekend. The Bruins (2-17, 1-3 OVC) will host Tennessee Tech (6-11, 2-2 OVC) on Friday evening and take on Jacksonville State (9-7, 3-1 OVC) on Saturday afternoon in the Curb Event Center.
TTU looks to get back on the winning track with its trip to Nashville after having its two-match win streak recently snapped. The loss moves the Golden Eagles to 6-11 overall and 2-2 in OVC play. Ali Verzani leads Tennessee Tech in kills with a total of 206 while Carly Skrabak leads the team in digs with a total of 256. With a total of 574 assists, Ashley Hands leads theta m in the category. Taylor Dorsey leads the team with a total of 10 solo blocks and 58 block assists.
BU leads the all-time series, 16-12. Belmont has won five of the last seven meetings between the programs.
The Gamecocks will eye extending their win streak when they hit the Curb Event Center. With its recent wins, JSU stands at 9-7 overall and 3-1 in league play. Lena Kindermann leads Jacksonville State in kills with a total of 225. Lexie Libs leads the team in assists with a total of 646 while Erin Carmichael leads the team in digs with a total of 209. Kaylee Frear has tallied 18 solo blocks.
BU leads the all-time series, 13-11. Belmont has won two of the last three meetings.
Junior Halee Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas) leads the Bruins in kills, tallying 222. Leading the team in assists is junior Akia Warrior (Fort Worth, Texas), after recording 410. A trio of Bruins are splitting dig duty led by Van Poppel with 155, followed by sophomore Peyton Kelley (Normal, Ill.) with 152. Also on dig duty are sophomores Faith Cobaugh (Union, Ky.) and Mary Catherine Ball (Hendersonville, N.C.), who have tallied 131 and 130, respectively. Freshman Kailee Bass (Aurora, Ill.) has also notched a team-high eight solo blocks and a team-leading 54 block assists.
Several Bruins are making statistical waves among all NCAA Division I players and in the Ohio Valley Conference as of October 6. Nationally, Bass is ranked 104th in total blocks and 248th in blocks per set while Van Poppel is ranked 56th in total attacks, 73rd in total kills, 75th in points and 145th in attacks per set.
In the OVC, Bass is tied for seventh in blocks. Van Poppel comes in at seventh in kills in the league and eighth in the conference in points. Warrior is ranked ninth in assists in the OVC. Sophomore Carly Mason (Forsyth, Ill.) is third in service aces.
Friday's match against Tennessee Tech is set to begin at 6 p.m. while Saturday's contest versus Jacksonville State has first serve at 2 p.m. Both matches will have live stats available. The game versus the Golden Eagles can be seen live on ESPN+. Fans may also follow the team's Twitter account (@BelmontVB) for live, in-game updates.