Volleyball heads to Lynchburg for Liberty Tournament

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Murray State Volleyball (2-0) hits the road again for the Liberty Tournament in Lynchburg, Va., Sept. 2-3.

The Racers start the tournament with a double-header against Winthrop (0-3) and UNC Wilmington (0-2) on Friday. To conclude the tournament, MSU will face the hosts, Liberty on Saturday.

Murray State vs. Winthrop
Friday September 2 | 11 a.m.
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Murray State vs. UNC Wilmington
Friday September 2 | 2 p.m.
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Murray State vs. Liberty
Friday, September 3 | 3 p.m.
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Story

  • This will be Murray State’s second appearance in the Liberty Tournament. Their first appearance dates back to 2014.
  • Murray State has only played Liberty once when the Racers won 3-1 in 2014.
  • Racers have also only met Winthrop once, Racers won 3-1 in 2015.
  • This will be the Racers’ first meeting against UNC Wilmington.

The last time

  • Won consecutive games in Southern Indiana.
  • Third straight year winning first two games
  • Bailey DeMier recorded 10.44 assists per set.
  • Jayla Holcombe recorded 5 kills per set.
  • Dahlia Miller set a college career high with 34 digs in the season opener.

Winthrop’s Recognition

  • Recording at a glance
    • After a 3rd place finish in the regular season in 2021, Winthrop started the season with an 0-3 record.
    • Winthrop went to the second round of the Big South Conference tournament.

  • Who to watch
    • The Eagles introduce Karli Shepherd, the honored middle tackle from last year’s Big South Conference freshman team.
    • Alayna Jansky is the Eagles’ current leading hitter with 2.91 kills per set in the first three games.
    • Leah Metzger leads the defense with 2.82 digs per set.
    • As a sophomore, Isabella Murray will lead the attacks as a setter. She is currently recording 8.09 assists per set.

Scouting UNC Wilmington

  • Recording at a glance
    • UNCW had a 4-23 season and started the season with an 0-3 record.

  • Who to watch
    • Senior outside hitter Katie Lanz is the Seahawks’ current top hitter. She recorded 3.09 wins per set in UNCW’s first three matches.
    • The Libero, Barry Jadyn, is their best defender with 4.36 digs per set.
    • The Seahawks have options in their setter position with three. Junior, Annabelle Schall, currently leads the passers in assists with 5 per set.

Scouting UNC Wilmington

  • Recording at a glance
    • Liberty had a 10-14 season in 2021.
    • The Flames finished fifth in the Athletic Sun Conference regular season.
    • Liberty currently has a 1-2 record.

  • Who to watch
    • The Flames introduce 2021 ASUN All-Freshman Team winner Kate Phillips.
    • Junior outside hitter, Trinity Watts, with 3.54 kills per set.
    • Erica Lowery is the Flames’ top defensive player with 5 digs per set.


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