11/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/14/2019 13:00
Sunday, Nov. 17
1 p.m. - Kennesaw State (18-8, 11-3) at Liberty (18-9, 11-4)
Match 1: Jacksonville, Fla. | Swisher Gym
Match 2: Lynchburg, Va. | Vines Center
» The Kennesaw State volleyball team closes out the regular season on the road this weekend, looking to lock up the No. 2 overall seed and a first-round bye in the ASUN Conference Tournament with matches against Jacksonville Friday and Liberty Sunday. The Owls need to get at least one win this weekend to clinch the No. 2 seed, holding the tiebreaker over Liberty, and can even grab a share of the regular season title if they win out and FGCU loses to NJIT Friday.
» Libero picked up her fourth ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award this past Monday after averaging eight digs per set over KSU's two matches. Groover opened the weekend with a single-match record 41 digs against FGCU. The Newnan, Ga., native ranks third in the ASUN averaging 4.82 digs per set.
» The Owls have been killing the game this season, leading the conference with a 14.27 kills per set average. That mark is also good enough for 16th in the NCAA. As a team, KSU is hitting .241 to rank second in the conference. Both and rank in the league's top-10 for total kills and kills per set while Sutphin ranks third in the ASUN with a .356 hitting percentage.
» surpassed 1,000 assists on the year recently, becoming just the second Owl in program history to record over 1,000 assists in multiple seasons. Broadwater is one of the top setters in the country, ranked second in the nation with an 11.86 assists per set average. She is one of only nine players in the country to average over 11.5 assists per set.
» recorded her 13th double-double of the season against FGCU with 23 kills and 10 digs. She is one of two players in the ASUN to record over 300 kills and 200 digs on the season ranked third for total kills (373) and 12th for digs (265).
» Four Owls, (1st), (4th), (9th) and (12th), rank among the ASUN's top-15 for total aces. Chastang's 54 aces ranks fifth in the NCAA. As a team, KSU's 1.95 aces per set average ranks fifth in the country.
recorded her seventh match this year hitting over .500 with a .640 hitting percentage at Stetson. She was perfect to open the match with 10 kills on 10 swings, recording her sole error late in the third set.
She is just one of three players in the league to hit over .350 this season, ranked third with a .356 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.
Set Up For Success
Averaging at least 14 assists per set in five of the last six matches, has jumped into first in the ASUN and second in the NCAA with an 11.86 assists per set average.
She is one of only nine 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. Only Sara Metroka (2011, 2012, 2013) has recorded over 1,000 assists in multiple seasons.
With 2,592 assists in her career, Broadwater is one of three players in program history to record over 2,000 career assists. Currently averaging 10.8 assists per set for her career, if maintained, she would set a new program career record.
With 455 total points this season, is just 15 points shy of breaking the single-season record she set last season.
Averaging 4.69 points per set, she would break the single-season record and become one of three players in KSU single-season history to average over four points per set.
Chastang is currently ranked sixth on the single-season record list, third in the ASUN, with 373 total kills.
The junior is looking to become the fifth Owl in KSU history to break the 1,000 career kills mark with 897 and counting.
Ace in the Hole
KSU has dominated from the service line, averaging 1.95 aces per set to lead the ASUN and rank fifth in the nation.
KSU's 189 total aces ranks sixth in the NCAA and is a program single-season record. The Owls have recorded double-digit aces in six matches this year.
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 eight matches this year. She holds the single-season record with 54 aces so far this year. She leads the ASUN and ranks fifth in the NCAA for total aces and eighth for aces per set (0.59).
Including Chastang, six Owls have logged at least 10 aces on the year, , , , and .
also ranks among the league's top-10 landing in fourth place for both total aces (34) and aces per set (0.35).
We Can Dig It
The Owls rank third in the league with a 15.14 digs per set average.
Five Owls have hit the century mark for digs with recording her 400th dig in KSU's recent match against NJIT. Groover has logged double-digit digs in all but two matches this year and is currently ranked third in the conference for digs per set (4.82) and fourth for total digs (468).
The Newnan, Ga., native has totaled 20 or more digs in eight matches this year, setting the program record with 41 against FGCU. With 1,140 digs in her career, Groover is just the fourth Owl in program history to record over 1,000 career digs.
The Owls have already clinched a spot in the ASUN Conference Tournament, marking their fifth straight appearance.
If KSU can secure the No. 2 seed this weekend it would mark the fourth straight year the Owls have been a top-two seed in the conference tournament.
The Owls are 5-7 all-time in the conference tournament, 5-3 since 2015. KSU has reached the championship match the past two seasons, winning the program's first tournament title in 2017.
The Film Room
Jacksonville is vying for the final spot in the conference tournament, currently sitting in seventh place, one game behind North Florida.
The Dolphins rank third in the ASUN averaging 1.95 blocks per set. Mallory Mattingly is the only other player in the league, besides to record over 300 kills (371) and 200 digs (276).
Liberty will be following the Owls closely this weekend, looking to nab the No. 2 spot out from the Owls, sitting in third with an 11-4 league record.
The Flames are the top blocking team in the ASUN with 249 total blocks. Anna Gragg is one of two players in the conference to record over 100 blocks, leading the league with 107.
LU's Amelia Johnson leads the league with 396 total kills and is one of two players to average over four kills per set (4.08)
With the regular season over after this weekend, the Owls will turn their sights on the ASUN Tournament at FGCU beginning next Thursday.