Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel volleyball team seeks its first victory this weekend when the team takes the court against Murray State, Radford and St. Francis (Pa.) at the Radford University Tournament. The Dogs open the two-day event on Friday afternoon against Murray State and follow with a pair of head-to-head meetings with Radford and St. Francis on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (0-3) have only one previous meeting against the three opponents, which came against tournament host Radford in the 2006 season.
Murray State (0-3)
Match Date: Friday, Aug. 31, 4:00 p.m.
The Murray State volleyball team lost a pair of hard-fought matches to Kent State and Cleveland State on Saturday, Aug. 25, as it concluded play at the Hyatt Place Fort Wayne/IPFW Invitational in Fort Wayne, Ind.
In the first match, despite a late surge in the second set and a third set that went to extra points, the Murray State volleyball team fell in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 27-25) to Kent State on Saturday morning.
In the second match against Cleveland State, the Racers once again fell behind early in the opening set, but were able to battle back and knot the score at nine. With the Racers trailing by one at 13-12, the Vikings scored the next four points and built a lead MSU was never able to recover from to give them a 25-19 opening set win. Murray State rebounded with a 28-26 victory in the second set before falling by scores of 25-20 and 25-16.
Following the tournament the Racers Emily Schmahl was named to the all-tournament team. The freshman finished the weekend with 31 kills or 3.44 kills per set for a team-high attack percentage of .224.
Match Date: Saturday, Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m.
Radford earned a split in four matches last weekend, snagging a pair of victories over New Jersey Institute of Technology and St. Francis (N.Y.).
On Saturday, Aug. 25, in the battle of unbeatens, Radford established early leads in each of the four sets, but could not hold on as Maryland Eastern Shore took the 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18) decision in the final game for both teams at the SFC Terrier Invitational.
The Highlanders returned to action on Tuesday evening and suffered a 3-1 setback to in-state foe Hampton.
Freshman Cheyanne James led Radford with nine kills, 13 digs and three aces in the non-conference tilt. Junior Emily Carlin contributed 13 digs, while Jena Braden and Christine Beckham combined for 34 helpers.
Krista Kraskura erupted for a match-high 21 kills, to go along with 17 digs, while hitting at a .370 clip for the Pirates. Sonja Maksimovic chipped in a match-high 21 digs and Biblany Fonseca dished out a match-high 30 assists.
St. Francis (Pa.) (1-2)
Match Date: Saturday, Sept. 1, 5 p.m.
The Saint Francis women's volleyball team lost two matches on the final day of the Mountaineer Invitational on Saturday, Aug, 25.
In the first contest, the Red Flash fell to Loyola University (Md.) in four sets 18-25, 25-12, 19-25, 10-25.
In the second match, Saint Francis lost to Northeast Conference (NEC) rival Central Connecticut State, again, in four sets (25-18, 19-25, 22-25, 22-25).
The Red Flash got out to a commanding 11-1 lead in the opening set and did not let up. The Blue Devils then came from behind to win three straight sets.
In the third and fourth sets, SFU traded blows with CCSU all the way until the end, as both ended 22-25.
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