Big weekend coming up for Truman State volleyball

Just two weekends remain in the 2013 volleyball regular season, and a trek to the Hoosier state is next in line for the 21st-ranked Bulldogs, as Truman visits the University of Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's College this Saturday and Sunday.

The Bulldogs (18-8, 11-2 GLVC) are coming off a 1-1 weekend at home in which the squad fell in four sets to East-division leaders Southern Indiana on Saturday (Nov. 2) before sweeping aside Bellarmine in three sets on Sunday (Nov. 3).

After this weekend's results, Truman finds itself tied atop the GLVC West division with Rockhurst at 11-2, with the two squads each clear of third-place Missouri S&T by three full games.

Allie Brak and Meghan Zimmerman were the program's nominees for GLVC Offensive and Defensive players of the week based on their play this past weekend.

Brak averaged 4.71 kills and 2.00 digs per set, setting a new GLVC-high in a three-set match this season by putting down 23 kills on Sunday against BU.

Zimmerman, meanwhile, averaged 10.14 assists, 4.57 digs, and 0.86 blocks per set and posted back-to-back double-doubles to give her 12 on the season and 37 for her career. She set a new career-high with 19 digs against USI.

On the season, Brak is the team leader in kills per set (3.66), ranking second in the GLVC while also ranking ninth overall in service aces (0.29/set).

Ali Patterson continues to piece together a phenomenal sophomore season, as she is the top hitter in the GLVC in conference-only matches â?? connecting at a .400 mark â?? while also ranking third in blocking (1.26/set), and fifth in service aces (.33/set) in league-only affairs.

Two other sophomores â?? Abby Heise and Emilee Walters â?? have also made their names known on the GLVC top-10 lists, with Heise ranking seventh in hitting percentage in GLVC-only matches (.296) and sixth in service aces (.33/set). Walters, meanwhile, is sixth in the league in blocking during GLVC-only matches, checking in at 1.22 per set.

As the team's primary setter, Zimmerman leads the offense at 10.50 assists per set, which is good for third in the league.

She also ranks eighth in GLVC-only matches in dealing service aces at 0.31 per set.

Abby Moser is the squad's lone back line player averaging more than three digs per set, as she sits at 3.85 per frame this season to go alongside 15 service aces.

Ben Briney is in his fifth season as the program's head coach and has a career record of 114-50 (.695).

Courtesy Truman State University