Friday October 1
7 p.m. – Kennesaw State (7-7, 1-2 ASUN) vs Liberty (6-4, 2-1 ASUN)
Site: Convocation Center | Kennesaw, Georgia.
Video stream: ESPN + (Jordan Griffit, Liesl Engelbrecht)
Live Statistics: Statdiffusion
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KENNESAW, Georgia – The Kennesaw State volleyball team will be hoping to get back in shape on their court this weekend when the Owls host the Liberty Lady Flames in their ASUN home opener on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
KSU, selected third in the ASUN coaching preseason poll, started the championship with a 3-0 sweep from northern Alabama, before suffering a 3-0 loss to Central Arkansas over the weekend. divisional crossing at Jacksonville State. The Owls closed the weekend by taking host JSU Gamecocks to five sets before losing 3-2.
The Owls look to avoid their first 1-3 start at ASUN since Keith schunzelIt’s first year as a head coach, when KSU started 1-4 on the way to an 8-10 league record. KSU has a history on their side against Friday’s opponent, however, as he’s an all-time perfect 11-0 against Liberty.
Players to watch
Super senior Lauren Chastang has done it all this season, because despite injuries limited to several games earlier this season, is one of three players with over 100 kills with 158 scoring 2.98 per set. She has a .193 winning percentage and leads the team in aces with 24, as well as double-doubles (6). Junior Emma Schufranz has also had a strong season with 174 kills (3.4 per set) and a winning percentage of 0.236, a high for the team. Senior Bri Becerra meanwhile, posted a high of 3.47 digs per game.
Ladies Flame Scouting
Liberty has had a streak season so far in 2021, as the Lady Flames have started with three straight wins in the RMU Classic. This was followed, however, by their own Invitational in which they lost three of four games, with the only victory over Navy. Liberty has seen several games canceled this season because in addition to their opener at East Carolina, their tournament in Evansville has also been called. Since September 11, the Lady Flames have played just three games, including during the ASUN divisional crossover weekend at Lipscomb last weekend. There Liberty picked up victories over Bellarmine (3-2) and Eastern Kentucky (3-1) before dropping a 3-2 contest against host Lipscomb.
Succeed in the competition
The Owls have thrived behind the line this season, as in games played through September 28, they placed 29th nationally in serve aces per game at 1.87.
Lauren Chastang They are enjoying an outstanding senior season for the Owls, as they tied the KSU record for most aces in a game with seven in the victory over Alabama. Even more impressive, these came in a three-set match. His seven aces are also the most important in school history in a three-set match.
Lauren Chastang will leave his mark all over the Kennesaw State record books as it only took a few games in his 2021 season to become the all-time leader in eliminations and services. She currently has 1,234 career kills, overtaking Sabrita Gulley (1,240), while her seven aces against Alabama on September 9 propelled her to number one with 125.