Jacksonville & FGCU's Battle for First Place Highlights @ASUNVolleyball Action

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LakePoint, Ga. - The 2017 ASUN Conference Volleyball season continues this weekend, and the race for first is on. Jacksonville clings to first place by one game, and takes on second place FGCU on Friday night. Also on Friday, Stetson hosts North Florida and Kennesaw State holds its annual Griffin's Game, as they square off with USC Upstate. Lipscomb and NJIT end the night with a battle up in Nashville. 

Saturday features another full slate of games. Lipscomb plays host to Upstate. Jacksonville pays a visit to DeLand to take on Stetson. FGCU, North Florida, NJIT and Kennesaw State end the weekend's festivities with matches beginning at 7 PM. 

Several contests will be streamed live this week. Check the ASUN Volleyball page for updated video and live stats links.

FGCU (13-6; 4-1)
Twitter: @FGCU_VB
Next Three Matches: vs. Jacksonville (10/13; 7 PM - Facebook Live); vs North Florida (10/14; 7 PM - Facebook Live); vs. Bethune-Cookman (10/17; 6PM)
Last Three Matches: W, 3-0 at FIU; W, 3-0 vs. NJIT; W, 3-0 vs. USC Upstate
- FGCU leads the ASUN in team hitting percentage at .278. The Eagles are hitting .332 collectively over their last four games
- Amanda Carroll took home her second ASUN Player of the Week for her play last week. She is second in the league in kills/set (4.45), kills (285) and fourths in hitting percentage (.310)
- Libero Courtney Stephens moved into the top-five in FGCU history with her 11 digs against FIU on Tuesday; she has 956 digs for her career
- The Eagles have won four of their last five against Jacksonville and is 19-5 all-time against North Florida

Jacksonville (11-7; 5-0)
Twitter: @JUVolleyball
Next Three Matches: at FGCU (10/13; 7 PM - Facebook Live); at Stetson (10/14; 7 PM - Facebook Live); vs. North Florida (10/20; 6 PM)
Last Three Matches: W, 3-1 vs. Lipscomb; W, 3-1 vs. Kennesaw State, W, 3-2 vs. Bethune-Cookman 
- Jacksonville is 5-0 in the ASUN for the first time since 2007. They have not started 6-0 since 2007
- Sophomore Mallory Mattingly is third in the ASUN in kills/set with an average of 3.37. She's accumulated 66 kills over her last five games
- Mackenzie Swan garnered ASUN Defensive Player of the Week. She has recorded double-digit digs in all but two games this season
- The Dolphins hold a substantial 54-11 all-time record over Stetson, but enter Friday with a 10-14 record vs. FGCU

Kennesaw State (10-4; 4-1)
Next Three Matches: vs. USC Upstate (10/13; 7 PM - ESPN3); vs. NJIT (10/14; 7 PM - Facebook Live); vs. Lipscomb (10/20; 7:30 PM)
Last Three Matches: W, 3-1 at North Florida; L, 1-3 at Jacksonville; W, 3-0 vs. Stetson 
- The Owls have hold a 14-4 mark over Upstate and a perfect 4-0 record over NJIT
- Kennesaw State ranks second in conference plays in kills (260), hitting percentage (.233) and third in kill/set (13.68)
- Outside hitter Anaiah Boyer is fifth in the conference in kills/set with 3.29. She's totaled 51 kills over her last four matches 
- Setter Kristi Piedimonte ranks 10th all-time in the ASUN with 3,581 assists. She's just 17 away from moving up to ninth 

Lipscomb (9-9; 2-3)
Twitter: @Lipscombvball
Next Three Matches: vs. NJIT (10/13; 6:30 PM CT - ESPN3); vs. USC Upstate (10/14; 3 PM CT); vs. Kennesaw State (10/20; 6:30 PM CT)
Last Three Matches: W, 3-1 at Belmont; L, 1-3 at Jacksonville; W, 3-0 at North Florida  
- Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum has been on a tear her last four games. She's averaging 19.25 kills, 3.26 kills/set and is hitting .298
- Middle blocker Maddie Phillips has upped her play in conference play. She's hitting .333 and averaging 3.06 kills/set, which ranks fifth and eight respectively in ASUN play 
- Lipscomb leads the ASUN in assists per set (13.11) and points per set (17.2). They're also second in kills/set (13.91)
- The Bisons are 4-0 all-time against NJIT and hold a 19-0 mark against Upstate as Division I members

NJIT (10-11; 1-2)
Twitter: @NjitVolleyball
Next Three Matches: at Lipscomb (10/13; 7:30 PM - ESPN3); at Kennesaw State (10/14; 7 PM) at USC Upstate (10/21; 1 PM) 
Last Three Matches: W, 3-0 vs. Delaware State; L, 2-3 at Stetson; L, 0-3 vs. Jacksonville
- Tess Albyn is third in ASUN play, averaging 3.85 kills/set and second in total kills with 77
- Libero/defensive specialist, Adrianna Nieto, is second in the ASUN in digs with 295 and digs/set averaging 4.28
- NJIT ranks second in the ASUN in kills (832), digs (1139) and first in service aces (130)
- Mikalah Hughes is hitting .437 over her last six games, while racking up 54 kills

North Florida (7-14; 0-5)
Twitter: @OspreyVB
Next Three Matches: at Stetson (10/13; 6 PM - ESPN3); at FGCU (10/14; 6 PM); vs. Georgia Southern (10/16; 6 PM) 
Last Three Matches: L, 1-3 at Bethune-Cookman; L, 1-3 vs. Kennesaw State; L, 0-3 vs. Lipscomb
- North Florida ranks first in the conference in total kills with 953 
- The Ospreys have four players with at least 2.15 kill/set. Carina Hoff leads the quartet with an average of 2.70
- Middle blocker Alana Shoff's 83 total blocks lead the league and rank among the top-25 nationally. She's averaging 4.6 blocks over her last five games
- Ashley Laborde leads the ASUN with 344 digs, which is among the top 50 nationally

USC Upstate (5-13; 2-3)
Twitter: @UpstateVB
Next Three Matches: at Kennesaw State (10/13; 7 PM); at Lipscomb (10/14; 4 PM); at Presbyterian (10/18; 6 PM) 
Last Three Matches: L, 1-3 at Stetson; L, 0-3 at FGCU; W, 3-0 vs. North Florida
- Lily Dempsey is second among ASUN freshmen in kills/set with a 2.58 mark
- Junior setter Madison Haake has notched three triple-doubles this season, tied for most in the NCAA
- In ASUN play, outside hitter Callie Yeargin is averaging 3.15 kills/set, totaling 63 kills
- Kaleigh Kelley ranks fifth in the ASUN in digs with 263; her 1,401 career digs ranks 16th in ASUN history

Stetson (3-14; 2-3)
Twitter: @StetsonVB
Next Three Matches: vs. North Florida (10/13; 6 PM - ESPN3); vs. Jacksonville (10/14; 6 PM - Facebook Live); at FGCU (10/21; 6 PM)
Last Three Matches: W, 3-1 vs. USC Upstate; W, 3-2 at NJIT; L, 0-3 at Kennesaw State
- First-year head coach Yang Deng collected her first ASUN victories last weekend taking down NJIT and USC Upstate
- Sophomore Eva Diesa leads the Hatters in 2.56 kills/set, which ranks 11th in ASUN
- Setter Naina Ivanova took home Freshmen of the Week last week. She sits third in the ASUN in total assists with 541 & fourth in assists/set with 8.45, which ranks best among freshmen 
- The Hatters have totaled 128 total blocks this season. Hao Jin leads the team with 62 blocks

ASUN Conference Volleyball Standings
Team ASUN Record Overall Record
Jacksonville 5-0 11-7
Kennesaw State 4-1 10-4
FGCU 4-1 13-6
Lipscomb 2-3 9-9
USC Upstate 2-3 5-13
Stetson 2-3 3-14
NJIT 1-4 10-10
North Florida 0-5 7-14