NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont Volleyball hits the road for the final time in the 2019 campaign this weekend. The Bruins (2-27, 1-13 OVC) travel to take on Jacksonville State (17-9, 11-3 OVC) on Friday evening and in-state foe Tennessee Tech (11-16, 7-7 OVC) on Saturday afternoon.
The Gamecocks will eye extending their recent win streak when they welcome the Bruins for their Friday night duel. With its recent wins, JSU stands at 17-9 overall and 11-3 in league play. Lena Kindermann leads Jacksonville State in kills with a total of 338. Lexie Libs leads the team in assists with a total of 1,035 while Erin Carmichael leads the team in digs with a total of 352. Kaylee Frear has tallied 28 solo blocks.
BU leads the all-time series, 13-12. The programs have split their two annual duels each of the last three seasons.
TTU snapped a four-match skid last week to get to .500 in OVC play. The win moves the Golden Eagles to 11-16 overall and 7-7 in OVC play. Ali Verzani leads Tennessee Tech in kills with a total of 356 while Carly Skrabak leads the team in digs with a total of 428. With a total of 991 assists, Ashley Hands leads the team in the category. Taylor Dorsey leads the team with a total of 19 solo blocks and 87 block assists.
BU leads the all-time series, 16-13. The Golden Eagles have won the last three matchups between the programs.
Junior Halee Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas) leads the Bruins in kills, tallying 314, followed by sophomore Mary Catherine Ball (Hendersonville, N.C.) with a total of 246. Leading the team in assists is senior Akia Warrior (Fort Worth, Texas), after recording 525, followed by sophomore Carly Mason (Forsyth, Ill) with a total of 431. A trio of Bruins are splitting dig duty led by Van Poppel with 245, followed by sophomore Peyton Kelley (Normal, Ill.) with 244. 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 25 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 10. Nationally, junior Halee Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas) is ranked 93rd in total attacks, 145th in attacks per set and 148th 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.
Friday's match at Jacksonville State is set to begin at 6 p.m. and Saturday's contest at Tennessee Tech is set to begin at 2 p.m. Live stats will be available for both and both matchups can be seen live on ESPN+. Fans may also follow the team's Twitter account (@BelmontVB) for live, in-game updates.