Sep 4, 2013
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St. John’s - Friday, Sept. 6, 3:30 p.m.
Brown - Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.
New Hampshire - Saturday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m.
Site: Lundholm Gymnasium
Location: Durham, N.H.
Live Stats: www.UNHWildcats.com
Free Live Video: www.AmericaEast.com
The Missouri State volleyball team continues its season-opening road swing this week with a trip to New England for the Holly Young Invitational in Durham, N.H. The Bears take on St. John’s (3-1) at 3:30 p.m. Friday and play Brown (0-0) at 9 a.m. Saturday before taking on host New Hampshire (2-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Bears went 3-1 last week against four 20-match winners from last season, including 22nd-ranked Dayton, and play their first eight matches away from Springfield before returning to Hammons Student Center Sept. 13 for the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational.
St. John’s is picked to finish fifth in the Big East in 2013 and is off to a 3-1 start with victories against Binghamton, Central Connecticut and Siena to go with a loss to Colgate. Preseason all-conference pick Karin Palgutova leads the Red Storm with 4.43 kills per set on .288 hitting so far this year. St. John’s posted a 20-12 record last year.
Brown begins its 2013 campaign at this weekend’s tournament and is coming off a 7-17 season and 3-11 finish in the Ivy League. The Bears return hitters Maddie Lord and Amanda Nickel to the lineup this year as the only player to average at least 2.00 kills per set a season ago.
New Hampshire is off to a 2-2 start with wins against Lehigh and St. Peter’s and losses to Rhode Island and Northeastern. The Wildcats are picked to finish fourth in the America East Conference this year and received one first-place vote in a tightly-contested poll. UNH went 15-14 overall last season.
The Bears are playing three first-time opponents this weekend. Missouri State has been successful against conferences they will face in New Hampshire, going 35-10 against current Big East members and 2-0 versus the Ivy League while never facing an America East school in volleyball.
Missouri State tied for first place at the Dayton Invitational and picked up a win at Northern Illinois to conclude week one of the season with a 3-1 record.
The Bears opened the year with a 3-2 win over Northeastern in Dayton with the help of 14 kills from Kaitlin Jaeger, and suffered their only loss of the weekend Saturday against Tulsa, 3-0.
Missouri State rebounded to defeat No. 22 Dayton 3-1 that night, with Kayla Walton hitting .565 with 14 kills, and beat Northern Illinois by the same score on Labor Day in DeKalb, Ill.