Sep. 8—The Missouri Southern volleyball team will open up MIAA volleyball play this weekend as the Lions travel to Newman on Friday and Central Oklahoma on Saturday.
First serve from Newman is set for 6 p.m., while the match with Central Oklahoma is set for a 2 p.m. start.
Kalie Mader's Lions are off to a 5-3 start so far this season after going 3-1 in their opening weekend tournament at home and 2-2 this past weekend in Texas.
Southern has played five, five-set matches so far this season compared to just one in all of last year. The Lions are 3-2 in those matches. Southern ranks 13th nationally in assists, kills and total attacks, while ranking third in the MIAA in each of those categories. The Lions also rank 16th nationally in digs, while ranking third in the MIAA in that category, as well as blocks.
Individually Abbie Casper ranks fifth nationally in digs and third in the MIAA, while ranking 19th nationally in digs per set and fourth in the MIAA. Fernanda Canedo ranks 11th nationally in total attacks, while ranking third in the MIAA and Amelia Neels ranks 36th nationally in attack average and third in the MIAA.
Newman is under the direction of first-year coach Marisa Compton. The Jets are 5-4 this season to open the year after going 3-1 at the Southern Invite to start the season. Newman is led by Riley Daugherty who averages 3.32 kills per set.
UCO is off to a 10-0 start under head coach Edgar Miraku. The Bronchos are led by Sydney Huck who is averaging 4.26 kills per set and hitting at a .299 average.