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McCarson Collects 1,000th Dig as Volleyball Closes the Kansas Volleyball Invitational

Sep 16, 2019

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Wrapping play at the Kansas Volleyball Invitational, Morehead State volleyball dropped its final match of the event Saturday. The Eagles (6-3) fell to Arizona (6-2) in straight sets by scores of 25-18, 25-7, and 25-16.

Recording eight digs in the match, redshirt senior defensive specialist Danielle McCarson not only led the Eagles in digs but surpassed 1,000 career digs. Sophomore libero Allison Whitten added seven digs for Morehead State while sophomore defensive specialist Olivia Montelisciani tallied five to lead an Eagle backline that scooped up 31 balls.

Attacking from the outside, junior outside hitters Olivia Lohmeier and Lauren Rokey paced the Morehead State offense, recording 10 terminations apiece. Ten kills on the day for Lohmeier continued her streak of 21 consecutive matches reaching double-figure kills. Rokey collected 10 kills while hitting .471 from the pin, committing just two errors on 17 swings.

Handling primary setter duties for the second consecutive match, freshman Bridget Bessler dished out 21 assists on the day, recording three-fourths of the team's 28 total assists. Recording 29 total kills on the afternoon, the Eagles assisted on all but one kill and have assisted on 93 percent of the team's kills this season.

Morehead State collected two blocks and one service aces on the afternoon. Lohmeier collected the Eagles' lone solo block while Rokey and sophomore middle blocker Mia Swearingen teamed up for the team's other block. Bessler landed the team's lone ace.

Following the Kansas Volleyball Invitational, the Eagles return home to complete the tournament portion of the 2019 slate, hosting the Comfort Inn-Vitational for the 13th time in program history and the first at Johnson Arena. Morehead State welcomes regional rival Marshall, Coppin State, and Southeastern Louisiana. Play begins Thursday evening with the Eagles and Thundering Herd beginning at 6 p.m. ET.