11/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/21/2019 10:18
Location: Fort Myers, Fla. | Alico Arena
» The Kennesaw State volleyball team heads to Fort Myers this week looking to win their second ASUN Conference Tournament title in the last three seasons. The Owls will face the winner of No. 3 Liberty and No. 6 North Florida in Friday's semifinals after earning the No. 2 overall seed and a first-round bye. This is the fourth straight year KSU has earned a top-two seed in the conference tournament.
» earned the league's final Player of the Week award of the season this past Monday after recording her 14th and 15th double-double of the season over the weekend. She is one of three players in the league to record over 400 kills this season (405) and one of two players with over 350 kills and 250 digs on the year.
» The Owls have been deadly from the service line this season, leading the league and ranked fourth in the NCAA averaging 1.99 aces per set. Four Owls, (1st), (4th), (8th) and (10th), rank among the ASUN's top-10 for total aces. Chastang's 60 aces ranks fourth in the nation.
» is just three digs shy of breaking 500 digs on the year, making her the first Owl in program history to record over 500 digs in multiple seasons. Her current 4.78 digs per set average ranks third in the ASUN and places her second on the KSU single-season record list. She is one of four players in program history to record 1,000 career digs, currently ranked third on the career record list with 1,168 digs.
» KSU is the only team in the ASUN to average over 14 kills per set this season. The Owls' 14.37 kills per set average ranks 13th in the NCAA. Both (3rd) and (7th) are among the league-leaders for kills per set, averaging 3.89 and 3.29 kills, respectively.
» remains one of the top setters in the country after logging 59 assists in KSU's recent match at Liberty. The senior is averaging 11.98 assists per set to rank second in the nation. That mark would surpass the previous single-season record she set last season, making her the only Owl in program history to record over 11 assists per set in a year, having done it twice now.
» recorded her fifth match this season hitting over .600 in KSU's recent match at Jacksonville, finishing with a .667 hitting percentage. She ranks third in the league with a .364 season hitting percentage.
The Owls head into the ASUN Conference Tournament for the fifth straight season.
The Owls are 5-7 all-time in the tournament and 5-3 since 2015. KSU has reached the championship match the past two seasons, winning the program's first tournament title in 2017.
This year marks the fourth straight season the Owls have been a top-two seed in the conference tournament.
This year will also mark the first time the Owls have faced either Liberty or North Florida in tournament play.
The Owls walked away with a ton of conference hardware during Wednesday night's ASUN Banquet. was named the ASUN Setter of the Year for the second straight season while the Owls tied a program record for all-conference selections.
KSU had four Owls named to the ASUN's all-conference teams with , and Broadwater taking home first-team honors while was named to the second-team. Freshman rounded out the accolades as KSU's sole selection to the ASUN All-Freshman Team.
Broadwater, who ranked second in the nation for assists per set, is the first Owl in KSU history to be named the league's setter of the year twice. It also marks the third straight season KSU has received setter of the year accolades.
This is the second straight season both Broadwater and Chastang were named a first team all-conference selection. Chastang was one of three players to be unanimously voted to the first team while both Sutphin and Groover are taking home their first career all-conference awards.
Junior has come up big in all facets this season, ranked third in the ASUN for kills per set (3.89) and 12th for digs per set (2.8).
With 405 kills this season, Chastang is the first Owl in program history to record over 400 kills in multiple seasons, currently ranked third on the single-season record list. She needs just 71 more kills to become the fifth Owl ever to record 1,000 career kills.
With 601 digs in her career, she is on track to become the third Owl in history to rank among KSU's top-10 for both career kills and digs.
has been one of the most efficient hitters in the league this year, hitting over .400 in 12 matches, eight matches hitting over .500.
She is just one of three players in the league to hit over .350 this season, ranked third with a .364 hitting percentage.
If she maintains her current hitting percentage, she would be the first Owl in program history to finish a season hitting over .350.
The Fort Mill, S.C., native is the only player in the ASUN to hit over .300 and average over three kills per set (3.29), and one of three players to do so with a hitting percentage above .250.
Her 3.29 kills per set average ranks seventh in the ASUN. Sutphin also ranks 10th in the league with a 0.86 blocks per set average.
SET UP FOR SUCCESS
Averaging at least 14 assists per set in three of the last four matches, has jumped into first in the ASUN and second in the NCAA with an 11.98 assists per set average.
She is one of only 10 players in the country to average over 11.5 assists per set. If she maintains her current average, it would break the single-season record she set last season.
She recently broke 1,000 assists on the year, marking just the sixth time in program history an Owl has recorded over 1,000 assists in a season. With 1,354 assists last season, Broadwater joins Sara Metroka (2011, 2012, 2013) as the only Owl to record over 1,000 assists in multiple seasons.
With 2,688 assists in her career, Broadwater is one of three players in program history to record over 2,000 career assists. Currently averaging 10.88 assists per set for her career, if maintained, she would set a new program career record.
ACE IN THE HOLE
KSU has dominated from the service line, averaging 1.99 aces per set to lead the ASUN and rank fourth in the nation.
KSU's 207 total aces ranks fifth in the NCAA and marks the first time in program history the Owls have recorded over 200 aces in a single-season. The Owls have recorded double-digit aces in six matches this year, logging nine in the last two.
The Owls have set and tied the single-match record with 14 aces 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 nine matches this year. She holds the single-season record with 60 aces so far this while ranking fourth in the NCAA for total aces and seventh for aces per set (0.58).
Including Chastang, six Owls have logged at least 20 aces on the year, , , , and .
and also rank among the league's top-10 landing in fourth and eighth, respectively, for total aces.
WE CAN DIG IT
The Owls rank third in the league with a 15.14 digs per set average, one of three teams to average over 15 digs per set.
Five Owls have hit the century mark for digs with , and all recording over 200.
Groover leads the team with 497 digs on the year to rank fourth in the conference for total digs and digs per set (4.77). The Newnan, Ga., native has logged double-digit digs in all but two matches this year, totaling 20 or more digs in eight matches.
She set the program record with 41 digs during KSU's four-set win over FGCU. With 1,168 digs in her career, Groover is just the fourth Owl in program history to record over 1,000 career digs.
If the Owls can win their semifinal match, they will head to the ASUN Championship Final on Saturday at 5 p.m.