Charlotte 3, UNC Asheville 1 [25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 27-25] Tennessee 3, Charlotte 2
[25-17, 25-12, 25-20]
Charlotte (3-4) split a pair of matches Saturday at the Comfort Inns and Suites Invitational, hosted by UT-Chattanooga. Sophomore S Britney Leigh had her fourth double-double of the season with 55 assists and 12 digs against UNC Asheville. She also hit .412 with seven kills and no errors in 17 attempts.
Senior MB Amanda Videmsek collected a team-best eight kills vs. Tennessee. Leigh led Charlotte with 25 assists, while redshirt freshman Jackie Servais led the team defensively with 10 digs. Freshman L Michelle Hovey was named to the all-tournament team..
East Carolina 3, Morgan State 0 [25-14, 27-25, 26-24] Loyola (Chicago) 3, East Carolina 0 [22-25, 24-26, 20-25]
ECU (2-4) split a pair of matches to conclude the East Carolina Classic. Senior RS Nicole Wills recorded a set of double-doubles in the two matches. She notched 12 kills and 10 digs versus Morgan State and followed that performance with 11 kills and a career-best 18 digs against Loyola. Overall, Willis finished the tournament with 44 kills (4.89/s), 35 digs (3.89/s), six total blocks, three service aces and two assists en route to being named to the All-Tournament Team. Senior L Shelby Beasley was also named to the All-Tournament Team after concluding the weekend with 43 digs (4.78/s), six assists, four service aces and one kill. Against Morgan State, Beasley notched a match-high 20 digs. She came back versus Loyola and tallied 10 digs and one assist in the match.
FIU 3, UNC Wilmington 1 [25-23,25-18,24-26,25-20]
RS-Junior OH Ksenia Sukhareva led the team with 19 kills, followed by sophomore OH Luci Castro with 15 against UNC Wilmington in the FIU (3-3) Classic. Senior OH Jessica Medoza had a team-best 18 digs.
Florida Atlantic (5-2) split a pair of match in Saturday's Jacksonville Tournament. The Owls were led by junior MB/RS Ivana Bulajic 21 kills, followed by freshman OH Kristi Tekavec's 19 and 13 came from sophomore MB Jennifer St. Sume in the seven sets played. Sophomore S Jelena Jovanovic dished out 67 assists on the day, while four players had 10 or more digs for the two matches. St. Sume posted 11 total blocks (1 solo/10assisted).
Louisiana Tech 3, New Orleans 2 [25-9,25-18,25-27,21-25,15-10]
Junior OH Rebecca Redgen landed a match-best 18 kills to wrap up Louisiana Tech Invitational action. Three Lady Techsters (4-3) had 10 or more digs, led by Jessie Ely's 18, followed by Maria Coelho's 17 and 10 came from freshman L Alejandra Aviles. LA Tech moves to 4-3 on the season.
Denver 3, Marshall 0 [25-20,25-12,25-17] Marshall 3, Chicago State 1
Marshall (2-6) freshman MB Ally Kiekovre ended the match with a team-best 11 kills. Senior L Dorothy Rahal posted 13 digs against Denver.
Senior MB/OH Sacha Byous-McConnell paced Marshall with 15 kills on 19 attempts without an error for an impressive .789 accuracy against Chicago State. Junior S Sammie Bane dished out 40 assists, while freshman OH Cassie Weaver and Rahal had 13 and 10 digs, respectively. Byous-McConnell was named to the UIC Invitational All-Tournament team. The Thundering Herd (2-6) still without senior OH Laura Der.
Sophomore MB Rachel Shaughnessy and freshman OH Jale Hervey were named to the Middle Tennessee Invitational's All-Tournament team, with Shaughnessy's blocking and Hervey's hitting helping MT (5-2) to a 2-1 record on the weekend. Hervey and sophomore OH Chelsea Ross had 15 and 14 kills, respectively, against Austin Peay. Ross also added 13 digs for the only double-double. Junior L Kendall Howard produced a match-best 17 digs.
Against North Dakota, Hervey had 14 kills, followed by 11 from Tyler Richardson and 10 from Ross. Howard led the team again with 16 digs while Ross contributed 14.
North Texas 3, Northwestern State 0 [25-15,25-17,25-23]
Texas State 3, North Texas 1
NT (5-3) finished 3-1 in the North Texas Invitational in Denton. Senior OH Courtney Windham established a career-best hitting percentage of .750 with a team-high 16 kills on 20 attempts and just one error against Northwestern State. Freshman setter Amy Henard tacked on 40 assists.
Sophomore OH Carnae Dillard had 18 kills in the victory against Texas State. Windham tied a NT single-match record with a personal-best 12 block assists. The figure ranks tied for 10th best in C-USA record books. Windham and Dillard were both named to the all-tournament team.
Rice (1-5) dropped a thrilling four set match to LSU in the final game of the Rice Invitational I, playing two sets of more than 50 points. Junior MB Lizzy Bache was named to the All-Rice Invitational I team. Bache had six kills, two aces and two blocks for 9.5 points. She hit .404 in the tournament, and ranked second in the tournament with four service aces. The Owls were led by senior OH Mariah Riddlesprigger with 16 kills, six digs and two blocks. Junior L Daniela Arenas picked up a season-high 23 digs, reaching double figures in digs for the third straight match, and ranking second in the tournament in digs per set.
Southern Miss 3, Villanova 0 [25-23, 27-25, 25-16]
USM (4-2) sophomore MB Quinci Hayward led all players with a career and match-high 20 kills on .302 hitting. Junior S Kristen Fleming dished out 46 assists as sophomore L Mary Pursell led the defense with 13 digs followed by junior L Alex Pfefferle and freshman DS Stephany Purdue with 11 and 10 digs, respectively.
Tulane 3, Saint Francis (PA) 0 [25-15,25-22,25-13]
Tulane (6-0) wins the YSU Invitational. Senior S Mel Mandelbaum was named the MVP, while freshman OH Tea Juric and senior MB Cori Martone also named to the All-Tournament Team. Tulane goes 7-0 to start the season for the first time since 2007.
Tulsa 3, Mississippi State 2 [25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 18-25, 15-12] Tulsa 3, UT Arlington 0
[25-21, 29-27, 25-19]
Tulsa (6-1) won the Baylor Classic. The Hurricane (6-1) has a six-match winning streak since its loss to No. 22 Dayton on the road in the season opener. Freshman OH Erica Bohannon led TU in both matches on Saturday. She had 17 kills against Mississippi State and 16 kills against UT Arlington. Three players recorded double-doubles against MSU. Senior OH Kellie Culbertson recorded her 38th career with 13 kills and 17 digs. Junior S Bailey Clampitt added her second of the season with 34 assists and 11 digs. Freshman S Genesis Viera recorded her second of the season with 23 assists and 14 digs. Junior setter Bailey Clampitt recorded the only double-double against UTA with 22 assists and 11 digs.
UAB 3, Austin Peay 0 [25-18,25-23,25-16] Virginia Tech 3, UAB 1
Sophomore OH Sam Skinner posted a match-best 16 kills, on 28 attempts with only one error for a solid .536 hitting efficiency. The Blazers ended with a .402 clip to Austin Peay's .218. Four different Blazers hit over .400.
UAB (6-2) junior MB Kiriana Hirini led all players with 15 kills against Virginia Tech. She hit an impressive .583 to just miss her personal-best of .593 set earlier this season. Also grabbing double-figure kills was fellow junior MB Sara Rishell and Skinner, who each hit 10 kills. Skinner scored a double-double, adding 14 digs to her 10 kills.
UTEP 3, Texas Southern 0 [25-13,25-17,25-17]
UTEP (1-5) senior MB Xitlali Herrera had match-highs of 12 kills and 12 digs. Senior L Victoria Valencia also 12 digs.