For Immediate Release
August 30, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
LAWTON, Okla. – Cameron University volleyball will compete in their second and final four match classic of the season on Friday and Saturday as they travel to Pittsburg, Kan. to be a part of the Pitt State Gorilla Classic.
Cameron vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State | 11 a.m.
Cameron at Pittsburg State | 5 p.m.
Cameron vs. Christian Brothers | 9 a.m.
Cameron vs. Chadron State | 3 p.m.
About the Aggies:
Cameron is now 1-4 on the season after a four set loss to Southwestern Oklahoma State during their home opener on Aug. 28. In the match, Paige Dixon led CU with 16 kills and Amarachi Iwunze had 13, while Katherine Manning had a career best 26 assists and 19 digs and Brittnee Altic had 10 assists and 17 digs. CU’s loss to the bulldogs came on the heels of a SAU Invite where they played to five sets in all but one match, with their one win coming against Southern Arkansas.
The Aggies are hitting .179 on the attack through their first five matches, averaging 11.3 kills and 10.5 assists per set. Defensively, they average 16.7 digs and 1.7 blocks per set. Dixon leads the way with 2.59 kills per set, while Iwunze has averaged 2.05 per game. Manning has averaged 5.32 assists, while freshman Kirsten Evans collects 4.23 per set. Altic, who ranks No. 1 in Division II in total digs and service aces, has a team best 127 digs and 14 aces this season, while Brandy Carrhas a total of 21 blocks, which is second most in the Lone Star Conference.
Scouting the Rangers:
NWOSU is a perfect 5-0 through the first week of play, with four out of five wins coming by sweep. They took down the University of the Southwest, St. Thomas (Texas), Science and Arts, and Oklahoma Panhandle in the OPSU Tournament and then swept Newman in a non-conference match-up on Aug. 28. The Rangers are hitting .294 with 13.6 kills and 13 assists per set, while averaging 16.9 digs and 1.0 blocks per set. They have also tallied 30 aces to only 19 errors.
Brooklynn Hesson leads Northwestern with 4.23 kills per set, while posting an attack percentage of .368. Additionally, Kaitlyn Robinson is averaging 11.09 assists per set, Tobi Barker has a team best 12 service aces and 51 digs, and Jennifer Eubanks has a team best six total blocks, including four solo.
Scouting the Gorillas:
Pittsburg State went a perfect 4-0 during their first weekend of the season at the CBU Invitational, with wins over Kentucky Wesleyan, Arkansas-Monticello, Maryville, and Christian Brothers. As a team, PSU hit almost .300 on the attack with 13.8 kills and 12.8 assists per set. Defensively, they average 19 digs and 1.5 blocks per game while collecting 28 aces off of serves.
Individually, Lauren Regier is averaging 3.33 kills per set with a .309 attack percentage, Camryn Blanton has totaled 131 assists and 50 digs, and Lauren Dunn has 6.13 digs and 0.6 aces per set; all three were named to the CBU Invite All-Tournament Team. At the net, Emily Regier and Taylor Unke have each totaled 11 blocks through their first four matches.
Scouting the Lady Bucs:
The Lady Bucs of Christian Brothers started the season with a 2-2 record in their own CBU Invitational last weekend. They opened it up with a 3-0 win against Maryville and then a 3-2 win over Kentucky Wesleyan. CBU’s final two matches of the invite were a pair of five set losses to Arkansas-Monticello and Pittsburg State. They averaged 12.9 kills, 12.0 assists, 2.4 aces, 13.4 digs, and 1.1 blocks per set during the invitational.
Emma Lenoir was named the Gulf South Conference’s Player of the Week after leading CBU with 80 kills, 10 service aces, 50 digs, and six blocks during the first weekend of play. Miaya Smith joined Lenoir on the All-Tournament Team, posting a .455 hitting percentage, 3.67 kills per set, and 10 total blocks. Additionally, Anna Graziosi totaled 139 assists and 32 digs for the Lady Bucs.
Scouting the Eagles:
Chadron State started out the season with four losses at the Lindenwood Challenge, dropping matches to Urbana, Lindenwood, Missouri S&T, and Southern Nazarene. Through their first four matches, CSC averaged 10.7 kills, 10.3 assists, 0.9 service aces, 16.9 digs, and 0.9 blocks per set.
Three players are averaging over two kills per game, with Aracely Hernandez totaling 36, Brooke Gardner collecting 31, and Chandler Hagerman has 30. Madison Webb leads the team with 126 assists so far, while Ashton Burditt has an Eagle best 6.4 digs per set. Additionally, Hagerman leads the squad with eight total blocks in 2018.
The Aggies next match will be a non-conference road battle against Southern Nazarene on Sep. 4 at 7 p.m., before hosting West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico Sep. 7-8 to open Lone Star Conference play.
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