Volleyball Sweeps USC Upstate to move to 2-1 in Atlantic Sun
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Belmont won in straight sets on the road in Spartanburg, S.C., beating USC Upstate 25-20, 25-17, 25-23 in a conference matchup Friday night.
The Bruins got strong performances from senior Kayla Albritton (Gainesville, Fla.), who had a team high 14 kills and a .480 hitting percentage, and from junior Maggie Johnson (Naperville, Ill.), who finished with 13 kills. Albritton also had two of the team's 10 service aces. Freshman Jen Myer (New Braunfels, Texas) led the team with three aces and was one of three players to post multiple service aces in the match.
"We served very well tonight - Jen Myer particularly," Head Coach Deane Webb said of the standout individual performances. "Maggie and Kayla had great hitting stats tonight. Would like to see Kayla attack from more zones and Maggie hit with more pace tomorrow as we compete against a very good ETSU team."
The win marked the first time this season the Bruins have won back-to-back matches. The win was also the second consecutive sweep. Overall, Webb was pleased with his team's ability to get the win tonight.
"Every conference win is important, and we were glad to get it done in three to give us a bit more rest this evening," Webb said.
Belmont moved to 2-1 in conference play and 8-12 on the season. The Bruins are now 6-0 all time against USC Upstate. Belmont will travel to East Tennessee State to take on the Buccaneers in a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday. ETSU has started the season strong at 15-5. The Bruins are 6-2 all time against the Bucs. Webb and his team know they will face another challenge tomorrow as the rigorous Atlantic Sun Conference continues.
"ETSU is as balanced offensively as they've been in awhile," Webb said. "They have a very dynamic setter, a middle that jumps better than most that we've seen, and a freshman outside that is having as good of a year as any freshman in the conference. As a team, they are a great blocking team, and we'll need to cover well tomorrow. I expect that we will need to be great to earn a win tomorrow."