The Bulls, 1-2, are set to begin the Bulldog Invitational Tournament in Starkville, Mississippi on Friday. They will face Stephen F. Austin on Friday (game begins at 11 AM) followed by Mississippi State at 3 PM. They will then face Grambling State on Saturday (game begins at noon). Here is a quick break down of the three teams.
Stephen F. Austin – SFA is 3-1 entering the tournament and have a hitting percentage of .239 vs. .177 on the season. Leading SFA is junior outside hitter Haley Coleman who has 41 kills, 2 assists, 43 digs, and 6 total blocks on the year. Sophomore middle blocker Danae Daron has 30 kills, 2 assists, 12 digs, and 11 total blocks. Sophomore setter Ann Hollas leads the team with 93 assists and also has 4 service aces, 40 digs, and 8 kills. Rounding out their top players is senior defensive specialist Lexus Cain who has 62 digs (leads the team), 11 assists, and 4 service aces.
Mississippi State – The Bulldogs are 2-1 entering the tournament (face Grambling State before this game). The Bulldogs have a hitting percentage of .223 compared to a .248 against them. Leading MSU is senior middle blocker Jelena Vujcin (6’3″) who has 55 kills on the year (3.93 kills per set), 5 assists, 24 digs, and 7 block assists. Freshman right side hitter Maddox Sara (6’2″) has 49 kills (3.50 kills per set) and 6 digs on the early season. Junior setter Morgan Kath (5’10”) has 11 kills, 149 assists (10.64 assists per set), 5 service aces, and has 30 digs as well. Rounding out their top performers is freshman defensive specialist Gabby Zgunda (5’6″) who has 66 digs (leads the team) along with 6 assists.
Grambling State – Grambling (1-2, but face Mississippi State on Thursday then Tulane and Stephen F. Austin on Friday before facing USF), is the final opponent of this quick tournament. Sophomore outside hitter Chasity Nicks has 19 kills, 7 digs, and 2 blocks entering this weekend tournament. Junior right side hitter Kevereion Ward has 16 kills, 3 service aces (6 service errors), 10 digs, and 3 blocks. Senior setter Diemend Richardson has 37 assists and 7 digs to enter this tournament. Rounding out their top performers is senior outside hitter Erineka Mollere who has 31 digs, 5 assists, and 3 service aces (2 service errors).