MSU Comes Home Friday After Playing its First Eight Matches Away From Springfield
Sept. 10, 2013
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Colorado State - Wed., Sept. 11, 8 p.m.
Middle Tennessee - Fri., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.
Alabama A&M - Sat., Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.
Oklahoma- Sat., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Wed. - Moby Arena
Fri.-Sat. - Hammons Student Center
Wed. - Fort Collins, Colo.
Fri.-Sat. - Springfield, Mo.
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Missouri State continues its busy non-conference schedule with four matches this week, including three against NCAA Tournament regulars and two versus teams just outside this week’s AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll.
The Bears start with an 8 p.m. Wednesday match at Colorado State, which sits one spot shy of a top-25 ranking, before making their home debut Friday and Saturday with the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn/University Plaza Invitational at Hammons Student Center.
Missouri State welcomes Oklahoma, Middle Tennessee and Alabama A&M for the six-match event, playing MTSU at 7 p.m. Friday, Alabama A&M at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and OU at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Colorado State is 6-0 ahead of its Tuesday match at Denver and sits just one spot out of the AVCA Top 25 poll. The Rams are picked to finish second in the Mountain West Conference and have qualified for 18 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. CSU has dropped just three sets in six matches and hits .314 as a team compared to .158 for the opposition with averages of 15.00 kills, 1.62 aces, 14.48 digs and 2.48 blocks per set.
Middle Tennessee is 5-2 on the year with its only losses coming against ACC schools North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The Blue Raiders received two first-place votes in the preseason Conference USA poll and are picked to finish sixth in that league. As a team, MTSU averages 11.63 kills, 0.93 aces, 11.73 digs and 2.42 blocks per set with a .209 attack efficiency.
Alabama A&M began the year 0-6 prior to its Wednesday match against Alabama-Huntsville. The Lady Bulldogs are picked to finish second in the SWAC Eastern Division this season and boast a trio of preseason all-conference picks. Through two weekends of play, AAMU hit .131 as a team against .304 for the opposition, and averaged 9.44 kills, 1.00 aces, 11.00 digs and 1.47 blocks per set.
Oklahoma is 6-1 on the year and received the No. 28 vote total in the AVCA poll this week to narrowly miss a national ranking. The Sooners are picked fifth in the Big 12 this year and are led by first-team all-conference middle blocker Sallie McLaurin, who averages 3.89 kills per set on .455 hitting. As a team, OU hits .273 and averages 11.81 kills, 0.96 aces, 16.37 digs and 2.46 blocks per set.
Missouri State is 1-4 in the series against Colorado State, but won the last meeting in 2006, a five-setter in Fort Collins.
The Bears hold a 4-0 lead in the series with Middle Tennessee, including a 3-1 road win over the then-No. 25 Blue Raiders in the last meeting in 2007.
Missouri State leads Oklahoma 22-8 in 30 all-time meetings, but has dropped the last four match-ups with the Sooners, including 3-1 losses in each of the last three seasons.
MSU has never met Alabama A&M in volleyball, and is 3-0 all-time against current SWAC members.