2018 @ASUNVolleyball Championship Commences on Thursday Night

2018 @ASUNVolleyball Championship Commences on Thursday Night

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KENNESAW, Ga. - The 2018 ASUN Conference Volleyball Championship opens play on Thursday even with two contests in the First Round. ASUN newcomer No. 4 Liberty and No. 5 Stetson tangle in the first match at 5 PM ET on ESPN+. Liberty searches for their first conference title since 2012, while Stetson looks to make their first semifinal appearance since 1995. 

The second match of the evening takes place between No. 3 Lipscomb and No. 6 North Florida at 7:30 PM ET. Lipscomb looks to make its 14th-straight appearance in the semifinal and third championship in the last four seasons. The Ospreys make their fifth-straight appearance at the ASUN Championship. They seek a spot in the semifinal for the first time since 2012.

No. 4 Liberty vs. No. 5 Stetson | Thursday, Nov. 15th 5 PM ET | ESPN+
No. 4 vs. No. 5 All Time:
 19-5
Last Match: Liberty 3, Stetson 0 (Nov. 9th, 2017; DeLand, Fla.)
  
#4 Liberty (14-16; 10-6)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 0-0
Last ASUN Championship: First Appearance 
Best ASUN Championship Finish: First Appearance 
- Liberty is the first, first-year member to make the ASUN Championship since ETSU in 2005
- The Flames took both matches from the Hatters this season and did not surrender a set 
- First Team All-Conference member, Casey Goodwin is the only player in the ASUN to rank top-10 in kills/set, aces/set and blocks/set
- The Flames also boast two other members of the All-Conference team in Second Teamers, Kainah Williams and Anna Gragg
- Victoria Baptista turned in perhaps her best performance of the season last match against Stetson with 14 kills, 13 digs and a .458 hitting percentage
 
#5 Stetson (16-12; 8-8)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 31-14
Last ASUN Championship: 2015; First Round
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champions (1985)
- Stetson makes its first appearance at the ASUN Championship since 2015 when they went three-straight seasons from 2013-15
- The Hatters are led by Second Team All-Conference member, Hao Jin. Jin is the first Hatter to make All-Conference since 2014
- Stetson is backed by a stout defense, ranking 38th nationally in digs/set with a mark of 16.85 and third in the ASUN in blocks/set
- With a win improvement of +13, the Hatters lead the nation. They need one more win for their highest win total since 2013
- In both matches against the Flames this season, Chelcie Spence has totaled 26 digs. She ranks third in the ASUN in digs/set
 
No. 3 Lipscomb vs. No. 6 North Florida | Thursday, Nov. 15th 7:30 PM CT | ESPN+
No. 3 vs. No. 6 All Time:
 21-3
Last Match: Lipscomb 3, North Florida 0 (Oct. 27th, 2018; Jacksonville, Fla.)
 
#3 Lipscomb (17-11; 10-6)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 20-7
Last ASUN Championship: 2016; Champions
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Champions (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015 & 2016)
- Lipscomb is making their 14th consecutive appearance in the ASUN Championship, winning titles in six of those appearances
- The Bisons also look to make it their 14th-straight appearance in the semifinal; they've gone on to make the final in nine of those years
- Carlyle Nusbaum, three-time First Team All-Conference & two-time Player of the Year; leads in the ASUN in kills/set with a mark of 4.02
- Nusbaum just needs just 34 kills to move into sole possession of second place on the ASUN all-time leaderboard 
- Lipscomb took both matches from UNF this season. In the last match between the two clubs, Megan Kuper recorded 17 kills and a .533 hitting percentage
 
#6 North Florida (11-21; 6-10)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 2-7
Last ASUN Championship: 2017; First Round
Best ASUN Championship Finish: 2012; Runner-Up
- The Ospreys look to avenge their first round loss to the Bisons from the 2017 ASUN Championship
- Madilyn McCarty has been one of the best setters in the league this year, ranking second in assists and third in assists/set
- Gabby O'Connell, the 2016 Freshman of the Year, has come alive in conference, ranking sixth in kills and kills/set 
- North Florida looks to become the first sixth seed to advance since Troy did so back in 2003
- Solimar Cestero earned All-Freshman Team honors, marking the third straight season an Osprey has made the team
  
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