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NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Belmont Volleyball hits the road for its final trio of regular season matches of the 2019 season. The Bruins (2-26, 1-12 OVC) travel to take on SIUE (11-13, 6-6 OVC) on Saturday afternoon.

SIUE will be looking to snap its recent three-match skid when Belmont travels to southern Illinois. The losses move the Cougars to 11-13 overall and 6-6 in OVC play. The team in led in kills by Rachel McDonald, who has recorded 260. Mallory Nicholson leads in assists with a total of 469. McDonald and Dylynn Otte lead the Cougars in digs, contributing 256 and 249, respectively. Annie Ellis has posted 13 block assists while Nicholson has notched 26 service aces.

SIUE leads the all-time series, 6-2. The Cougars have won the last four matchups between the programs.

Junior Halee Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas) leads the Bruins in kills, tallying 297, followed by sophomore Mary Catherine Ball (Hendersonville, N.C.) with a total of 242.  Leading the team in assists is junior Akia Warrior (Fort Worth, Texas), after recording 503, followed by sophomore Carly Mason (Forsyth, Ill) with a total of 408. A trio of Bruins are splitting dig duty led by Van Poppel with 232, followed by sophomore Peyton Kelley (Normal, Ill.) with 225. Freshman Kailee Bass (Aurora, Ill.) has also notched a team-high nine solo blocks and a team-leading 59 block assists. Van Poppel has posted 24 service aces.

A handful of Bruins are making statistical waves among all NCAA Division I players and in the Ohio Valley Conference as of November 6. Nationally, junior Halee Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas) is ranked 87th in total attacks and 134th in total kills.

In the OVC, Van Poppel comes in at eighth in kills among all league players 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.


Belmont Volleyball at SIUE Match Notes (.pdf)