UNCG to open season by hosting UNCG Invitational
|Coastal Carolina (1-0)||20||25||25||27||3|
Erika Lightsey - 15
B: Kindra Bailey - 5
D: Lian Bernett - 14
SA: 3 Players (#3, #9, #8 - 1)
Ariel Newman - 14
B: Morgan Freeman - 6
D: Karrian Chambers - 15
SA: Karrian Chambers - 2
|TEAM STATISTICS||Coastal Carolina||UNCG|
|North Carolina A&T (0-4)||16||18||17||0|
|North Carolina A&T||UNCG|
2 Players (#1, #5 - 6)
B: DANIELS,Jenea - 5
D: 2 Players (#2, #3 - 6)
SA: 4 Players (#2, #3, #5, #10 - 1)
Karrian Chambers - 10
B: 2 Players (#10, #16 - 4)
D: 2 Players (#2, #9 - 7)
SA: 2 Players (#5, #7 - 2)
|TEAM STATISTICS||North Carolina A&T||UNCG|
TenHoor, Rachel - 15
B: 3 Players (#1, #12, #2 - 2)
D: 2 Players (#5, #4 - 15)
SA: 2 Players (#5, #11 - 1)
3 Players (#5, #6, #12 - 9)
B: 5 Players (#5, #6, #7, #16, #8 - 1)
D: Kellie Orewiler - 14
|East Tennessee State (1-1)||25||17||25||25||3|
|East Tennessee State||UNCG|
DEVINE, Megan - 22
B: 3 Players (#3, #6, #9 - 3)
D: TAMBLYN, Kiley - 17
SA: RICE, Ivey - 3
Ari Lysacek - 10
B: 2 Players (#10, #7 - 4)
D: Kellie Orewiler - 19
SA: 5 Players (#6, #10, #12, #9, #11 - 1)
|TEAM STATISTICS||East Tennessee State||UNCG|
UNCG (0-0) vs. UNCG Invitational, Aug. 26-27, Greensboro, N.C.
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- UNCG will be kicking off its 2011 campaign this weekend as they host Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Evansville and North Carolina A&T for the first annual UNCG Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Fleming Gymnasium.
- The Spartans will start the year by facing Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. on Friday and will face East Tennessee State in the nightcap at 7 p.m. They will wrap up the tournament on Saturday by facing North Carolina A&T at 3 p.m. and Evansville at 7 p.m.
- Last season, UNCG went 22-12 overall with a 9-7 record in the Southern Conference. The Spartans finished in a tie for second in the North Division and advanced all the way to the semifinals of the Southern Conference Championship.
- UNCG returns three starters and its libero from last season. Senior Ariel Newman returns as the starting outside hitter after leading the team with a 2.97 kills per set average a season ago. Setter Ari Lysacek also returns after posting 970 assists in 2010 and middle blocker Olivia Humphries is also back this year. Libero Kellie Orewiler was a Southern Conference All-Freshman Team selection a year ago and will look to solidify the Spartans defensively.
- Ariel Newman, Sarah Eldridge and Kellie Orewiler were all named team captains this season by their teammates. Newman and Eldridge are the lone seniors on the team this year, while Orewiler is a sophomore this season.
- UNCG has many returners this season who were ranked in the top-10 in numerous categories within the SoCon. Ariel Newman's 2.97 kills per set average ranked seventh in the league in 2010 and Kellie Orewiler's 3.60 digs per set average was good enough for ninth place. Ari Lysacek was fifth in the SoCon with a 7.89 assists per set average and was also seventh in service aces after posting 37 for a .30 per set average.
- This year's team will look to match the 2010's squad in tournaments this season as last year's team came away with two tournament titles in the first four weeks of the season. UNCG began the year by winning the Spartan Classic at Norfolk State University before winning its own tournament, the Spartan Spiketacular, just a few weeks later. It was the first time since 1995 that UNCG had won two tournaments in a single season.
- Here a full schedule of the matches this weekend:
Friday, Aug. 26:
North Carolina A&T vs. Evansville, 11 a.m.
UNCG vs. Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.
Evansville vs. East Tennessee St., 3 p.m.
Coastal Carolina vs. North Carolina A&T, 5 p.m.
UNCG vs. East Tennessee St., 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27:
East Tennessee St. vs. North Carolina A&T, 11 a.m.
Evansville vs. Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m.
UNCG vs. North Carolina A&T, 3 p.m.
Coastal Carolina vs. East Tennessee St., 5 p.m.
UNCG vs. Evansville, 7 p.m.
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