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Pitt State Volleyball Plays Home Opener this Weekend

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The Pitt State Volleyball (0-11) plays its home opener against Lindenwood on Friday at 7 p.m. The home stand continues Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. with a match against No. 6 Central Missouri.
 
The Gorillas are looking for their first win of the season. Three of their losses came at the hands teams ranked or receiving votes: Winona State (rv), No. 5 Wayne State and No. 17 Rockhurst, a fourth, Augustana, is now ranked No. 22.
 
As a team, the Gorillas average 10.8 kps and hit at a .130 clip, while opponents average 14.4 kps and hit at a .254 clip. Pitt State has put down 56.5 blocks on the season and gets 16.0 digs per set.
 
Maggie Highberger has recorded 70 total kills on the season, while Lana DaSilva and Taylor Unke have 67 and 66 total kills, respectively. Lexi Fulgum leads the team with 1.88 kills per set, Lauren Regier adds 1.85 kps and Highberger stands at 1.84 kps. Unke and DaSilva lead the team with 26 total blocks. The team's rotating setters, Hayley Hansford and Taylyn Schwartz, contribute 355 total assists and average 4.84 and 4.50 assists per set, respectively. Ashlen Schwartz digs up 4.45 balls per set as the team's libero. Noelle Dooley adds 2.85 dps and Taylor Wright records 2.49 dps.
 
Lindenwood is 7-2 after going 3-2 at their home invitational last weekend. The Lady Lions defeated Harding, Northwood and Quincy, while falling to Arkansas-Fort Smith and Missouri-St. Louis each in four sets.
 
The Lady Lions collectively hit a .218 clip and average 13.9 kps, while holding their opponents to just a .146 attack percentage and 11.2 kps. Defensively, they're strong at the net with 1.8 bps and post 17.5 dps.
 
Two Lady Lions have 80 or more kills on the season, including true freshman Bailey Dvorak, who has a team-high 87 kills. Shannon Doyle records 81 and hits a .261, while Kayla Guyot follows closely behind with 78 total kills and a .260 clip. Sarah Makowski and Guyot combine for 50 total blocks on the season. Anna Reichert is the team's leader in digs (4.52 dps) and service aces (14 total).
 
No. 6 Central Missouri is 12-1 entering their matchup against Pitt State. The Jennies' only loss was a 2-3 loss to defending national champions then No. 1 Tampa. Since then, the Jennies have won six straight, including a 3-0 sweep at the Arkansas Tech GAC/MIAA Crossover last weekend.
 
As a team, Central Missouri is averaging 17.86 points per set and 14.8 kills per set, while hitting a .280 clip. The team also records 1.54 blocks per set and digs up 15.73 balls per set.
 
The Jennies are lead offensively by Carly Sojka, with 4.36 kps, and Maddie Jones, averaging 2.76 kps. Sister duo Kasey (2.23 kps) and Kylie (2.16 kps) Hohlen also average more than two kps. Setter Kourtney Thompson racks in 10.55 assists per set. Libero Annie Reilly is the team's leader in digs, recording 5.13 dps. Reilly and Sojka each have 19 service aces on the season.
 
Both matches this weekend will be streamed live on Pitt State's web streaming portal:http://portal.stretchinternet.com/pittstate/. Saturday is Girl Scout Day. All area Girl Scouts are invited for a free lunch and mini clinic with the Gorilla Volleyball team prior to the Central Missouri match beginning at 1 p.m.

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