Bessler and Lohmeier Hit Milestones as Volleyball Concludes Regular Season Play
Wrapping up regular season play on Saturday, two Morehead State volleyball student-athletes hit significant senior or career milestones against Murray State. Freshman setter Bridget Bessler surpassed 1,000 assists on the season and her career while junior outside hitter Olivia Lohmeier exceeded 500 kills on the year.
With 1,015 assists on the season-recording 36 against Murray State Saturday-, Bessler is the 14th setter in Morehead State history to reach 1,000 career assists, becoming the third player in the last three seasons to reach 1,000 career assists. She is also just the fifth freshman in program history to pass out 1,000 assists in a season and the first since Casie Garland in 2001.
Lohmeier collected 10 kills, extending her season total to 505 terminations. Clearing the 500-kill plateau, she is the first Eagle since Ellie Roberson in 2012 to reach 500 kills in a season. Accomplishing the feat for the 12th time in program history, Lohmeier is the eighth player to record 500-plus kills in a season.
Murray State (18-10, 12-4 OVC) defeated the Eagles (21-8, 12-4) in straight sets by scores of 26-24, 25-17, and 25-21.
Elsewhere on the stat sheet, a pair of sophomore middle blockers, Hannah Keating and Mia Swearingen, nearly joined Lohmeier in double-figures. Both Keating and Swearingen collected nine kills while crafting hitting efficiencies greater than .375.
Defensively, Morehead State deterred seven Racer attacks with six different Eagles recording a block. Keating led all blockers with a match-best four blocks while Swearingen and redshirt junior right-side hitter Liz Allen collected three apiece.
Roaming the backline, sophomore libero Allison Whitten and redshirt senior defensive specialist Danielle McCarson collected eight and seven digs, respectively.
As the regular season comes to a close, Morehead State turns its preparation for the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Eagles enter the event as the fourth-overall seed, matching up with the fifth-seed Austin Peay Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET.