After a three-match road trip last week, the 17th-ranked Truman volleyball team celebrates Homecoming within the friendly confines of Pershing Arena this Friday and Saturday, as the Bulldogs host Missouri S&T and Drury in a pair of 7:00 pm matches. The Bulldogs (14-5, 8-1 GLVC) have won eight in a row to vault atop the GLVC West division standings at the midway point of the 18-match league schedule.
Truman picked up three wins in completely different fashions last week, defeating Quincy mid-week in four sets, downing Rockhurst on Friday night in a five-set thriller, and casting aside William Jewell in three sets on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs blasted their way to a .290 hitting percentage during the week, averaging 15.2 kills per set and serving 19 aces while allowing just eight by its three opponents.
QU, RU and WJC combined to hit a mere .194 against the 'Dogs, as Truman dominated at the net to a tune of 2.42 blocks per set. This weekend, Truman returns to Kirksville where it is 4-0 in GLVC contests this season, having most recently swept both Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville on Oct. 4-5.
The Bulldogs play only on the weekend for the first time in four weeks, dating back to the GLVC opening weekend on Sept. 21-22. On the season, the Bulldogs are averaging 13.1 kills per set and are hitting .226 as a team, compared to just 12.1 kills per set and a .171 hitting line for their opponents.
Truman is also blocking 2.23 attempts per set and has dealt 104 aces to just 69 for opponents. The winner of this week's GLVC Offensive Player of the Week award, junior OH Allie Brak, is leading the Bulldogs with 3.57 kills per set while also averaging 2.36 digs per set. A trio of sophomores â?? Abby Heise, Ali Patterson, and Emilee Walters â?? are all averaging more than two kills per set and are each hitting better than .270, with the trio also responsible for nearly 70% of the total recorded blocks by the purple and white. Junior setter Meghan Zimmerman has navigated the Bulldog attack to a tune of 10.67 assists per set, with fellow junior Abby Moser patrolling the back line with a team-high 266 digs (3.91 per set). Ben Briney is in his fifth season as the program's head coach and has a career record of 110-47 (.701).
Courtesy Truman State University