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Volleyball Opens SoCon Championship Against No. 1 South Seed Georgia Southern

Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com
         
Release: November 15, 2012
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG volleyball team begins its quest for the Southern Conference Championship title and the accompanying automatic NCAA Tournament bid when it challenges Southern Division champion Georgia Southern Saturday at Belk Arena. First serve between the Spartans and Eagles is set for 12:30 p.m. Davidson is serving as the host institution for the event.

If UNCG should knock off Georgia Southern, the Spartans would advance to the semifinals and face the victor of the first quarterfinal between North Division No. 2 seed Elon and South Division No. 3 seed Furman.

After failing to qualify for last year's tournament due to losing a tiebreaker, UNCG looks to match and surpass its 2010 showing when the Blue and Gold downed Furman in five sets in the quarterfinals before falling to College of Charleston 3-1 in the semifinals.

The Spartans enter the event attempting to snap a four-match winless streak. UNCG's last victory occurred against Appalachian State Oct. 27 at Fleming Gymnasium as the Blue and Gold downed the Mountaineers in four sets.

In the last meeting with Georgia Southern, the Eagles downed the Spartans in three close sets by scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-21. The Spartans (10-9, 4-3) struggled offensively, posting just 33 kills and hitting .165. Meanwhile the Southern Division-leading Eagles (15-6, 6-1) fired at a .306 clip with 47 kills. The teams did not give each other much chance to play defense, as they combined for just 84 digs (43 for UNCG). The Blue and Gold recorded five blocks to win the battle at the net, limiting GSU to 4.0.

Junior Karrian Chambers led the way offensive with a match-high 12 kills on 24 swings with just four errors. Defensively, junior Kellie Orewiler racked up 14 digs while freshman Katherine Santiago chipped in with 10. Junior Morgan Freeman paced the blocking effort with three assists.

Chambers was named second team All-SoCon last week by the league's coaches. She ranks fifth in the league in kills per set (3.64) while leading UNCG in kills, kills per set and attempts as well as ranking second in service aces and third in digs and digs per set. Chambers also paces the squad in double-doubles with 12 and has produced a double-double in six consecutive contests. 

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