Looking to continue the momentum from a wild game on Tuesday against Tennessee, the University of Evansville volleyball team welcomes three opponents to the Carson Center for their weekend tournament.
On Friday and Saturday, Evansville, Central Michigan, DePaul and IUPUI will play a total of six matches at the Carson Center.
The Aces roll into the weekend with a 2-6 mark and are coming off of a Tuesday evening showdown against the University of Tennessee. Evansville gave the Lady Vols everything they could handle before falling by a 3-1 final. Ashley Ring continued her torrid start to the season, leading all players with 13 kills.
It has been a great week for Ring. Since the home opener versus Austin Peay, Ring has posted a total of 84 kills on her way to Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week accolades. Coupled with her excellence in the classroom, the senior was also named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Freshman Genesis Miranda finished Tuesday’s match with 13 kills. She has registered at least 10 kills in each of the last seven matches while her first collegiate match two weeks ago saw her register nine tallies against Youngstown State.
Central Michigan makes the trip south with an 0-6 mark. In last weekend’s Chippewa Invitational, CMU fell to Marshall, Green Bay and Butler. Kristen Reenders has established herself as one of the top defensive players in the Mid-American Conference. She leads the conference with 4.62 digs per set. On the offensive end, Angelique White has hit .328 on the year, seventh in the MAC.
Big East member DePaul sports a 2-4 mark entering the weekend. At the Windy City Invitational, the Blue Demons picked up a win over Chicago State while falling to Syracuse and UIC. In their season-opening home tournament, DePaul went 1-2 with the win coming over MVC member Bradley.
Offensively, DePaul is led by Saige Gallop. She has recorded a total of 88 kills on the year as her average of 3.83/set ranks third in the league.
IUPUI of the Summit League rounds out the list of squads in the event. The Jaguars are 2-6 through their opening eight contests with their top victory coming at Notre Dame last weekend as they swept past the Fighting Irish, 3-0. On Tuesday, IUPUI fell at home by a 3-2 final to Indiana State.
On the defensive end, the Jaguars are led by Beth Howard. Her total of 130 digs leads the way in the Summit League. Kelly Wachtel paces the offense as her 85 kills rank fourth in the conference.
Friday, Sept. 12
DePaul vs. IUPUI – 5 p.m.
UE vs. Central Michigan 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13
Central Michigan vs. IUPUI – 10 a.m.
UE vs. DePaul – 12:30 p.m.
Central Michigan vs. DePaul – 4 p.m.
UE vs. IUPUI – 6:30 p.m.