Volleyball Set to Begin 2022 Season at Northern Arizona Invitational

August 26, 2022

Northern Arizona Invitational
Event Data – Friday, Aug. 26 & Saturday, Aug. 27
Location – Rolle Exercise Heart (Flagstaff, Ariz.)
Stream – ODU vs. Northern Arizona (Aug. 27, 5 p.m. on ESPN+)
Reside Stats – CLICK HERE
 
Full Schedule 
Friday, Aug. 26
1 p.m. – Northern Arizona vs. Utah Tech 
3 p.m. – Outdated Dominion vs. Michigan
7 p.m. – Utah Tech vs. Outdated Dominion
9:30 p.m. – Northern Arizona vs. Michigan
 
Saturday, Aug. 27
5 p.m. – Northern Arizona vs. Outdated Dominion
7 p.m. – Michigan vs. Utah Tech
 
*Instances are in Jap Normal
 
NORFOLK, Va. – The Outdated Dominion volleyball workforce begins its 2022 marketing campaign this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27 on the Northern Arizona Invitational. Northern Arizona is internet hosting the two-day event on the Rolle Exercise Heart in Flagstaff, Ariz.
 
First up for ODU is a 3 p.m. EST assembly with the Michigan Wolverines, adopted by a 7 p.m. EST match with the Utah Tech Trailblazers on Friday. The Monarchs then face the host Lumberjacks at 5 p.m. EST on Saturday.
 
This weekend’s matches mark the first-ever conferences between ODU and its opponents. Reside stats will likely be accessible for all three matches, and Saturday’s match versus NAU will likely be streamed reside on ESPN+.

About ODU

The Solar Belt Convention introduced its 2022 Preseason Ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 16 and ODU was picked to complete fifth within the league’s East Division with 39 factors. Coastal Carolina and James Madison had been chosen to complete tied for first within the East with 90 factors every. The Chanticleers obtained seven first-place votes, whereas the Dukes obtained six. South Alabama is the preseason favourite to win the West Division with eight first-place votes and 92 factors.

 

The Monarchs completed 13-13 total with a 5-7 mark in opposition to Convention USA opponents in 2021, a four-match enchancment from their inaugural season. ODU completed tied for fourth within the C-USA East Division, lacking out on its first convention event look by advantage of tiebreaking standards.

 

Myah Conway seems to be to construct off a 2021 season that noticed her land on the C-USA All-Freshman Group, whereas Teresa Atilano and Hailey Duncan had been named to the VaSID All-State Second Group. Duncan led final yr’s squad with 225 kills and completed second on the workforce with 2.34 kills per set. She additionally led the Monarchs in blocks with 102, whereas Olivia De Jesus was shut behind with 99. Atilano completed with a team-high 893 assists and desires 21 extra to achieve 1,500 for her profession. ODU brings returns 12 gamers from final yr, to incorporate 5 of its starters.

 

This yr’s newcomers embrace freshmen Gerren Tomlin, Ashlynn Belcher, Bailey Burgess, Jennifer Olansen and Kate Ayre. Additionally becoming a member of the workforce is Tessa Mati, a junior switch from Kansas State.

 

About Michigan

The Wolverines posted an 18-12 total file in 2021, to incorporate an 11-9 mark in convention play, and fell 3-2 to Ball State within the opening spherical of the NCAA Event. The workforce was picked to complete tied for sixth alongside Illinois within the Large Ten’s Preseason Ballot. Wisconsin, the reigning NCAA nationwide champion, was picked to complete first whereas NCAA runner-up Nebraska was voted second. Outdoors hitter Jess Mruzik represented Michigan on the Preseason All-Convention Group after co-leading the Wolverines in kills with 389 and led the workforce in factors with 446.

 

Michigan returns 14 letterwinners, to incorporate starters Mruzik, Jess Robinson, Hannah Grant, Could Pertofsky, Jacque Boney and Scottee Johnson. They’re joined by one switch and two freshmen.

 

About Utah Tech

The Trailblazers completed 7-15 total and 6-8 in convention play in 2021. The workforce was picked to complete tied for ninth together with Tarleton State within the Western Athletic Convention Preseason Ballot, whereas New Mexico State and Utah Valley had been chosen first and second, respectively.

 

Center blocker Kate Hardy garnered Second Group All-WAC honors along with being named to the league’s All-Freshman Group for the second yr in a row after receiving an additional yr of eligibility resulting from COVID. She totaled 144 kills and led Utah Tech with a .269 hitting proportion and 90 whole blocks. Utah Tech returns 9 gamers from 2021 and is joined by 9 newcomers this fall.

 

About Northern Arizona

The Lumberjacks ended 2021 12-14 total and 10-6 in convention play, falling to Montana State in 5 units within the opening spherical of the Large Sky Championship. Northern Arizona was picked to complete tied for fifth together with Sacramento State within the convention’s Preseason Coaches’ Ballot, whereas Northern Colorado was tabbed the league favourite.

 

Again for the workforce this yr is two-time All-Large Sky First Group choice Taylor Jacobsen, who ranked second within the league final season with 3.63 kills per set. The Lumberjacks additionally return Jordan Elder and Millie O’Ketter, who recorded workforce highs in blocks (81) and digs (373), respectively. NAU has a complete of 10 returners and three newcomers.

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