Volleyball Opens MVC Action At Evansville and SIU

first_img at Evansville Video at SIU Video Story Links Match Notes at Evansville Live Stats at SIU Live Stats The Drake University volleyball team opens up Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with a pair of matches at Evansville and SIU. Drake enters the non-conference season with a 9-5 record and is looking for its third-straight win in a conference opener.The Bulldogs begin the MVC season on Friday at Evansivlle with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. match at SIU. Both matches will be broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3.The Bulldogs’ 9-5 non-conference record matches last year’s non-conference win total and ties Drake for the MVC lead in non-conference wins this season. During the last three seasons, the Bulldogs are 26-16 in non-conference action.Evansville opens the conference slate with a 4-9 record while SIU is 9-5 this season. Drake participated in four non-conference tournaments with one tournament win and two second-place finishes. The Bulldogs opened the season with a tournament win at the FAU Invitational followed by second-place finishes at Omaha and Eastern Illinois. Five Bulldogs also collected a total of seven all-tournament team honors.Drake enters conference play leading the MVC in aces by a large margin. The Bulldogs finished non-conference play with 90 aces, 21 more than the next closest team, for a 1.64 aces per set average. Three Bulldogs – Grace Schofield, Kameo Pope and Chandelle Davidson – rank in the top six in the MVC rankings for aces.Individually, Drake also has the MVC leader in digs as senior Michelle Thommi (Omaha, Neb.) is averaging 5.15 digs per set this year after recording 58 digs in three matches at last weekend’s WIU Leatherneck Classic. Offensively, Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) is fifth in the MVC in kills with 3.35 per set.Following this weekend’s matches, Drake returns to the Knapp Center to host Wichita State and Missouri State on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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