NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Belmont Volleyball hosts its final home match of the 2019 campaign this week. The Bruins (2-25, 1-11 OVC) host Tennessee State (10-15, 3-9 OVC) in the Curb Event Center on Tuesday evening.
The Tigers snapped an eight-match skid with a straight set victory last weekend. The win moves TSU to 10-15 overall and 3-9 in Ohio Valley Conference play. Tennessee State is led in kills by Julia Pierson, who has tallied 232. Teuila Lolotai leads the team in assists with a total of 291, followed by Sofia Garcia-Guerrios with 272. Gina Rivera-Ortiz leads the team in digs with a total of 435. Aria Holmes has tallied 14 solo blocks and 80 block assists.
BU leads the all-time series, 23-13. The Tigers won the first meeting between the programs this season in Kean Hall, 3-, back on October 1.
Junior Halee Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas) leads the Bruins in kills, tallying 286, followed by sophomore Mary Catherine Ball (Hendersonville, N.C.) with a total of 236. Leading the team in assists is junior Akia Warrior (Fort Worth, Texas), after recording 489, followed by so Carly Mason (Forsyth, Ill) with a total of 388. A trio of Bruins are splitting dig duty led by Van Poppel with 222, followed by sophomore Peyton Kelley (Normal, Ill.) with 212. Freshman Kailee Bass (Aurora, Ill.) has also notched a team-high nine solo blocks and a team-leading 58 block assists. Sophomore Mary Catherine Ball (Hendersonville, N.C.) has tallied 49 block assists.
A handful of Bruins are making statistical waves among all NCAA Division I players and in the Ohio Valley Conference as of November 3. Nationally, junior Halee Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas) is ranked 112th in total attacks.
In the OVC, Van Poppel comes in at eighth in kills in the league and ninth in the conference in points. Sophomore Carly Mason (Forsyth, Ill.) is ranked ninth in assists.
Tuesday's match against Tennessee State is set to begin at 6 p.m. Live stats will be available. Fans may also follow the team's Twitter account (@BelmontVB) for live, in-game updates.