GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG volleyball team will play in the opening match of the 2013 Southern Conference Volleyball Championship Friday morning inside Timmons Arena on the campus of Furman University. The fourth-seeded Spartans will face No. 5 seed Appalachian State at 10:00 a.m. Live stats and a video feed of all tournament matches are available free of charge courtesy of the SoCon.
The Blue and Gold finished conference play with a 10-6 mark while compiling a 17-12 overall record during the regular season while the Mountaineers are 18-12 overall and produced a 9-7 league ledger. UNCG has won eight of its last 11 matches following a 2-3 start to its league slate.
The matchup features two all-conference honorees for each team as senior outside hitter Karrian Chambers (College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated) and freshman setter Sara Hohman (Zionsville, Ind./Cathedral) were named to the first team and all-freshman team respectively. For ASU, sophomore Emily Corrigan was selected to the first team while junior Lauren Gray earned a spot on the second team.
UNCG and Appalachian State met at Fleming Gymnasium Nov. 2 and the Mountaineers captured a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 31-29) decision. Appalachian State hit .287 in the match and racked up 48 kills while limiting UNCG to a .132 attacking percentage. The Spartans out-dug the Mountaineers 55-50 and each team notched a service ace.
Senior middle hitter Olivia Humphries tallied a team-best 11 kills in the setback and hit .280 to go along with four digs. Chambers posted her second-straight double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Additionally, junior middle hitter Vicky Harley (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) hit .350 while recording 10 kills on 20 swings with only three errors.
Defensively, senior libero Kellie Orewiler (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison Comprehensive) led the way with 17 digs while freshman outside hitter Jessica Brezwyn (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) also reached double figures at 10 digs.
The winner of Friday’s quarterfinal match will advance to face to winner of No. 1 seed Georgia Southern and eighth-seeded Elon in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Saturday.