10/16/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2019 12:26
Saturday, Oct. 19
5 p.m. - Kennesaw State (12-6, 5-1) vs. Jacksonville (7-13, 3-3)
Location: Kennesaw, Ga. | Convocation Center
» The Kennesaw State volleyball team looks to bounce back this weekend after dropping its first ASUN match of the year at FGCU this past Sunday, hosting Liberty and Jacksonville in back-to-back matches Friday and Saturday. Liberty is hot on the heels of the Owls, sitting at third in the ASUN heading into the weekend while JU looks to pick up some ground in the standings with a match at Lipscomb before taking on KSU.
» has been on a tear as of late, recording three straight double-doubles heading into the weekend, averaging 15.3 kills and 11.7 digs in that span. So far this season Chastang has logged 10 double-doubles and is one of two players in the ASUN to record over 250 kills and 150 digs on the year. Chastang ranks fourth in the league for total kills and 12th for digs.
» The Owls have one of the most formidable attacks in the ASUN, leading the league with a 13.66 kills per set average, one of three teams to average over 13 kills per set. That mark is also good enough for 30th in the country and would rank second all-time in KSU single-season history. Both Lauren Chastagn and Quin Sutpbin rank among the conference's top-10 for kills per set with Chastang ranked third (3.73) and Sutphin ranked ninth (2.97).
» is on track to break the single-season assists record she set in 2018. the senior is currently averaging 11.27 assists per set, 0.01 assists shy of last year's record, to rank second in the ASUN and 10th in the NCAA. Her 789 total assists ranks fourth in the country.
» The Owls are well on their way to shattering the all-time single-season record for aces this season. The team's 132 total aces currently ranks 13th in the NCAA and eighth on the KSU record list. So far this year KSU is averaging 1.9 aces per set, well above the current single-season record of 1.62 set in 2007. After serving up six aces against North Alabama, has set the new single-seaosn record with 40 aces on the year. She leads the league, 6th in the NCAA, with ranked fourth with 25 aces.
Ace in the Hole
The Owls have picked up the aggressiveness at the service line this year, averaging 1.89 aces per set to lead the ASUN and rank 11th in the NCAA.
KSU has recorded over 10 aces in five matches this season, setting and tying the single-match record with 14 against Furman and North Alabama. The Owls' 14 against UNA also marked the most aces all-time in a four-set match.
has been a huge factor in KSU's success at the service line, recording three or more aces in six matches this year. After tying her career-high with six against UNA, she set a new single-season record with 40 aces so far this season. She leads the ASUN and ranks sixth in the NCAA for aces per set (0.57) and total aces.
Including Chastang, six Owls have logged at least 10 aces on the year, , , , and .
Groover's 0.36 aces per set average would also break the current single-season record. She is ranked fourth in the conference with 25 aces.
snapped her five-match streak of hitting over .400 at FGCU, but still remains one of the top hitters in the ASUN.
She currently leads the Owls and ranks third in the league hitting .341 on the year. That mark is also good enough for a top-100 ranking in the NCAA (90th) and if maintained would rank second on the KSU single-season record list.
Over the current six-match stretch, Sutphin has logged double-digit kills in five matches while hitting .429. The Fort Mill, S.C., native has hit .300 or better in 11 matches this year, .500 or better in five.
Sutphin is second on the team, 10th in the ASUN, with 181 total kills. She has recorded double-digit kills in 10 matches, including an impressive 21 kills at Alabama where she hit a blistering .679, both career-high marks.
Set Up For Success
continues to be one of the top setters in the ASUN, recording over 40 assists in 11 matches this year to average 11.27 assists per set. She is one of two players in the league to average over 11 assists per set, ranking 10th in the NCAA.
Her 789 total assists already ranks 10th on the KSU single-season record list.
Setting a career-high 63 assists against Furman, the senior tied the second-most assists ever in a single-match. In program history, an Owl has recorded over 60 assists in a match seven times, two of which have been Broadwater.
With 2,231 assists in her career, Broadwater is one of three players in program history to record over 2,000 career assists. Currently averaging 10.47 assists per set for her career, if maintained, she would set the new program career record.
We Can Dig It
The Owls are one of three teams in the ASUN to log over 1,000 digs this season, currently ranked third in the league with a 14.43 digs per set average.
Five Owls have hit the century mark for digs with recording her 300th dig in KSU's last match at FGCU. Groover has logged double-digit digs in all but two matches this year and is currently ranked fifth in the conference.
The Newnan, Ga., native has totaled 20 or more digs in five matches this year. With 971 digs in her career, Groover is just 29 digs away from becoming the fourth Owl in program history to record over 1,000 career digs.
The Film Room
Liberty comes to Kennesaw looking to pull ahead of the Owls in the ASUN standings. The Flames are currently third in the league with a 5-2 conference record after dropping two of their last three matches to Lipscomb and Stetson.
LU is one of the three teams in the league to average at least 13 kills per set (13.16) while ranking second in the conference averaging 2.49 blocks per set.
Redshirt junior Amelia Johnson ranks second in the conference averaging 4.16 kills per set while redshirt sophomore Kailey Macy leads the league with 77 blocks.
Jacksonville looks to bounce back following back-to-back losses to FGCU and North Florida. The Dolphins opened the conference slate with a 3-1 record.
JU ranks third in the ASUN with 157 total blocks with Bailey Foy standing at third in the league averaging 1.09 blocks per set.
Senior Mallory Mattingly leads the team with 281 total kills and 201 digs, the only player in the conference with over 200 kills and 200 digs on the year.
Protect The Nest
The Convocation Center has been one of the most formidable places to play as of late, with KSU holding a 42-9 record on its home floor since the start of the 2015 season, dropping only three matches since the 2017 season.
After the Owls' homestand, KSU hits the road for the weekend traveling to North Alabama Friday (Oct. 25) followed by North Florida Sunday (Oct. 27).