@ASUNVolleyball Squads Prepare For Last Weekend of Non-Conference Play

@ASUNVolleyball Squads Prepare For Last Weekend of Non-Conference Play

ATLANTA, Ga. - The non-conference schedule winds down this weekend for ASUN Volleyball squads before conference play begins next week. Eight of the nine teams will be in action, as North Alabama gets a weekend off before their ASUN slate begins on Tuesday.

The Florida schools (FGCU, Jacksonville, North Florida, Stetson) all stay in state this weekend for tournaments, highlighted by Jacksonville's matchup with No. 11 and last year's National Runner-Up, Florida. Stetson will look to remain the top team in the ASUN heading into conference play when they host the Hatter Classic at the Edmunds Center.

Lipscomb continues their daunting non-conference slate, as they go up Champaign, Ill. for matches with No. 10 Creighton and No. 8 Illinois. Liberty's travel plans were derailed this weekend due to Hurricane Florence. Instead of traveling to Dallas this weekend, they'll make their way up to Pittsburgh for matches with College of Charleston and High Point. Kennesaw State looks to snap a four-game slide with a tournament at Troy, while NJIT travels to Sacred Heart this weekend.

This weekend, nine games will be broadcasted with several airing on ESPN+, Facebook Live, Big Ten Network and SEC Network. Check out our full schedule for live stat and video links.

FGCU Eagles (5-4)
Twitter: @FGCU_VB
Next Three Matches: vs. Yale (9/14; 1 PM); at UCF (9/14; 8 PM); vs. Alabama State (9/15; 3 PM)
Last Three Matches: vs. West Virginia (L, 3-2); vs. Western Illinois Mexico (W, 3-0); vs. Albany (L, 3-2)
- FGCU travels up to Orlando for the Volleyknights Invitational hosted by UCF
- Sophomore Cortney VanLiew posted three straight double-doubles last weekend, including a 29-kill match against West Virginia
- VanLiew ranks second in the ASUN in kills/set at 4.12. She also ranks fourth in total kills with 136
- Freshman Dana Axner won Defensive Player of the Week this past week. She's second in the ASUN with 4.73 digs/set

Jacksonville Dolphins (1-8)
Twitter: JAX_Volleyball
Next Three Matches: at No. 11 Florida (9/14; 12 PM - SECN+); vs. Army West Point (9/14; 5 PM); vs FIU (9/15; 5 PM)
Last Three Matches: vs. North Dakota (L, 3-1); at Mercer (L, 3-1); vs. Alabama A&M (W, 3-0)
- The Dolphins travel to Gainesville, Fla. this weekend for the Gator Invitational
- JU is searching for their first win against the Gators since 1978; Florida sits 6-3 on the year
- Junior outside hitter Mallory Mattingly ranks fourth in the ASUN in kills/set with 3.14; she owns 753 career kills
- Lauren Petersen sits fourth in the ASUN in assists/set with 8.43

Kennesaw State Owls (6-4)
Twitter: @KSUOwlsVB
Next Three Match: vs. Florida A&M (9/14; 12 PM); at Troy (9/14; 7:30 PM - ESPN+); vs. Jacksonville State (9/15; 2 PM)
Last Three Matches: vs. Auburn (L, 3-2) vs. No. 12 Washington (L, 3-1); vs. Dayton (L, 3-1)
- Kennesaw State travels to Troy, Ala. this weekend for the Troy Classic
- KSU's match with Florida A&M will be their first-ever D-I non-conference opponent from the state of Florida
- The Owls rank second in the ASUN in kills with 539. They recorded a season-high 64 last time out vs. Auburn
- Lexi Broadwater leads in the ASUN in assists/set by nearly two at 10.56, which ranks top-50 nationally

Liberty Flames (3-7)
Twitter: @LibertyWVB
Next Three Matches: vs. College of Charleston (9/14, 12 PM); vs. High Point (9/15; 10 AM); vs College of Charleston (9/15; 4 PM)
Last Three Matches: vs. Virginia (W, 3-0); at Maryland (L, 3-0); vs. Colgate (L, 3-2);
- Due to Hurricane Florence, the Flames will travel to Pittsburgh this weekend instead of Dallas
- The Flames are are 31-17 all-time against High Point and 0-1 against College of Charleston
- Liberty picked up a sweep against Virginia on Tuesday night; their first sweep over an ACC opponent since 2008
- Margaret Latchford ranks fifth in the ASUN in both digs/set and digs at 3.84 and 142

Lipscomb Bisons (5-4)
Twitter: @LipscombVball
Next Three Matches: vs. Northern Iowa (9/14; 10 AM CT - Illini Network); vs. No. 10 Creighton (9/14; 7 PM CT - Illini Network); at No. 8 Illinois (9/15; 12 PM CT - BTN+)
Last Three Matches: vs. Belmont (W, 3-0); vs. Xavier (W, 3-0); at No. 19 Purdue (L, 3-0)
- The Bisons play two of the nation's best this weekend with No. 10 Creighton and No. 8 Illinois
- Carlyle Nusbaum posted 16 kills and a .429 hitting percentage in Lipscomb's win over Belmont on Tuesday
- Lipscomb ranks first in the ASUN in assists/set (12.87) and second in kills/set (13.55)
- The Bisons has beaten a ranked opponent in three of the last four seasons (No. 22 Kansas - 2014, No. 23 Utah - 2015, No. 24 Arizona - 2017)

NJIT Highlanders (1-9)
Twitter: @NjitVolleyball
Next Three Matches: at Sacred Heart (9/14, 6 PM); vs. Rhode Island (9/15; 12:30 PM); vs. Kent State (9/15, 4 PM)
Last Three Matches: vs. Lehigh (L, 3-0); vs. Bucknell (L, 3-1); vs. Delaware State (W, 3-1)
- NJIT travels up to Fairfield, Conn. for the Shelton Invitational at Sacred Heart
- Senior libero Adriana Nieto leads the ASUN in digs/set (5.76) and digs (204), which ranks eighth & 18th nationally
- Liz Benson has recorded 219 assists this season, good enough for top-10 in the ASUN
- Udo Nwosu leads the Highlanders in total kills with 69; Jovana Boasic is second with 67

North Alabama Lions (2-7)
Twitter: @RoarLions_UNA
Next Three Matches: at Lipscomb* (9/18, 6:30 PM CT); vs. Kennesaw State* (9/23, 2 PM CT); vs. Liberty* (9/28, 7 PM CT)
Last Three Matches: at Memphis (L, 3-0); vs. UL-Monroe (L, 3-0); vs. Tennessee Tech (L, 3-1)
- The Lions are off this weekend before beginning their inaugural ASUN season on Tuesday at Lipscomb
- Christina Ellwanger leads the team in kills with 101. She's posted double-digit kills in six of her last seven matches
- Jayden Davila-McClary leads the team with 167 assists and 4.91 assists/set
- Genesis Benitez leads North Alabama in digs/set at 4.26. She has 145 total on the year

North Florida Ospreys (3-8)
Twitter: @OspreysVB
Next Three Matches: vs. San Jose State (9/14; 10 AM ); vs. South Dakota State (9/14; 4:30 PM); at FAU (9/15; 12:30 PM - CUSA Network)
Last Three Matches: vs. North Dakota (W; 3-2); vs. Furman (L, 3-1); vs. USC Upstate (W, 3-1)
- The Ospreys travel to Boca Raton, Fla. this weekend for the Owls Classic hosted by FAU
- UNF ranks ninth nationally in total blocks (102), 16th in total assists (529), 18th in total kills (529) and 34th in total digs (640)
- North Florida is 1-0 all-time against South Dakota State and has won its last two matchups with FAU including the last match in Boca Raton
- Taryn Griffey leads the ASUN in total kills with 152 and is fourth in kills/set with 3.38

Stetson Hatters (6-3)
Twitter: @StetsonVB
Next Three Matches: vs. Brown (9/14; 6 PM - Facebook Live); vs. Chicago State (9/15; 11 AM - Facebook Live); vs. Bethune-Cookman (9/15; 6 PM - Facebook Live)
Last Three Matches: at Stephen F. Austin (L, 3-1); vs. Grambling (W, 3-1); vs. St. John's (W, 3-2)
- Senior Hao Jin won ASUN Player of the Week this past week after totaling 40 kills and 17 blocks 
- With two wins this weekend, Stetson will surpass its win total from the last two seasons combined
- The Hatters are the only team in the ASUN to have at least four players hitting .300 or better
- Chelcie Spence is second in the ASUN in digs with 173 and third in digs/set with 4.68