Active Ankle Challenge Up Next for Bruins
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The Belmont volleyball team will be in action once again this weekend as part of the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by Purdue University. The Bruins will head to West Lafeyette, Ind., Friday, Sept. 10-Saturday, Sept. 11 to take on Connecticut, Duquesne and Purdue, all first time opponents for Belmont.
The Bruins are 3-5 heading into the weekend tournament. Belmont will open play with an 11 a.m. match against Connecticut (2-1) on Friday. The meeting is the first ever between the two programs, but it is the second meeting between the Bruins and a Big East team this season. Belmont fell 3-2 to Notre Dame last weekend in the Nevada Invitational. All-time against the Big East the Bruins own a 3-4 record, including a 1-3 mark at neutral sites.
Belmont will follow the morning meeting against UCONN with a Friday afternoon match against Duquesne with first serve set for 4 p.m. The Dukes are 6-2 coming into the weekend. This is the first meeting for Belmont and Duquesne and the first ever for the Bruins and a school from the Atlantic 10 conference.
The final match of the weekend will see the Bruins facing off agains the host Purdue Boilermakers (5-1) at 6 p.m. Saturday. The meeting is the first between the two schools and only the third meeting between Belmont and a Big Ten school. The last meeting for the Bruins with a Big Ten team was in the 2006 NCAA Tournament First Round against Ohio State. Belmont fell to the Buckeyes, 0-3. The Bruins will look to halt the Boilermakers' three match win streak. Purdue swept the Pittsburgh tournament, dropping only one set over the weekend.
The Bruins continue to face one of the toughest schedules in the Atlantic Sun, competing in four non-conference tournaments and playing in three other non-conference matches before kicking off A-Sun play with Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 25. Belmont is 54-78 all time in non-conference tournaments, including a 38-62 record since becoming a Division I institution and a 24-22 mark under Head Coach Deane Webb. The team will look to improve on that mark with three matches this weekend and another three matches down the road in a tournament at Chattanooga next weekend.
More information on the Active Ankle Challenge, including live stat links, is available at: http://www.purduesports.com/sports/w-volley/spec-rel/10-active-ankle.html.