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For the eighth time in program history, Morehead State volleyball has claimed an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region player as junior outside hitter Olivia Lohmeier garnered the honor as the organization announced its All-Region selections Tuesday.

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In the program's first playoff match since 2013, Morehead State volleyball fell on the wrong side of the decision, dropping its National Invitational Volleyball Championship first-round matchup to High Point. The Panthers (21-12) defeated the Eagles (23-10) in the four-set match by scores of 23-25, 25-16, 21-25, and 21-25.

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For the first time in the event's history 10 season history, the Ohio Valley Conference received an at-large bid to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship as Morehead State volleyball accepted a bid to the 32-team event.

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Recording the program's most overall and conference wins and making a return to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship match for the first time since 2013, Morehead State volleyball saw its magnificent seasons come to an end Saturday evening.

The fourth-seeded Eagles (23-8, 12-4 OVC) dropped the finale of the 2019 OVC Volleyball Championship, dropping a hard-fought match to No. 2 Southeast Missouri (23-10, 12-4) by scores of 24-26, 19-25, and 26-28.

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Following a regular season that saw the program win 21 matches for the second straight season and 12 Ohio Valley Conference matches-the most since 2013-Morehead State volleyball opens the 2019 OVC Volleyball Championships Thursday afternoon. The Eagles (21-8, 12-4 OVC) enter as the fourth seed, facing fifth seed Austin Peay (11-19, 9-7) at 4:30 p.m.

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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.

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In its final midweek match of the season, Morehead State volleyball continued its winning ways against its in-state rival, downing Eastern Kentucky in straight sets Wednesday night. The Eagles (21-7, 12-3 OVC) defeated the Colonels (9-20, 4-11) by scores of 25-9, 26-24, and 25-23.

The victory gives Morehead State its 21st overall victory and 12th Ohio Valley Conference victory, equaling last season's overall win total while exceeding last year's 11 OVC wins.

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For the fourth time this season and eighth time in her career, junior outside hitter Olivia Lohmeier has been unanimously bestowed Offensive Player of the Week honors by the Ohio Valley Conference. The unanimous selection marks her second such selection of the season.

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With Morehead State volleyball's win over Tennessee Tech Saturday, head coach Jaime Gordon has surpassed former Morehead State baseball head coach Steve Hamilton to become the winningest head coach in Morehead State University's history.

The win is the 306th of Gordon's illustrious 17-year career leading the Eagles volleyball program, which began in 2003. Under his leadership, Morehead State has claimed seven Ohio Valley Conference Regular Season and two OVC Tournament titles.

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For the second time during her inaugural campaign, Morehead State volleyball's Bridget Bessler has been bestowed Ohio Valley Conference Setter of the Week. The award marks the fourth overall OVC weekly honor of her freshman season, accompanied by two Newcomer of the Week honors.

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Appearing in the same city, but on a different stage, Morehead State followed up last night's performance with another stellar effort Saturday afternoon. The Eagles (19-6, 10-2 OVC) defeated Belmont (2-25, 1-11) in straight sets, taking the match by scores of 25-13, 25-18, and 25-17.

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Looking to rebound from a defeat Friday night, Morehead State volleyball countered Friday's result with a sweep of its own Saturday afternoon. The Eagles (15-6, 6-2 OVC) defeated UT Martin (7-15, 3-5) in straight sets by scores of 25-14, 25-15, and 25-22.

Collecting 43 kills on the afternoon, Morehead State fashioned a season-best .371 hitting percentage. The Eagles committed 10 errors in the match on 89 swings to craft their season-best hitting percentage. Morehead State also assisted on 41 of the team's 43 kills, exceeding a 90% assist percentage in each match this season.

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For the final time this season, Morehead State volleyball faced a non-conference opponent, going toe-to-toe with West Virginia Tuesday night. The Eagles (14-5) kept it close throughout before ultimately dropping to the Mountaineers (10-8) in four sets.

West Virginia took the match by scores of 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, and 25-11.

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Jumping out to early leads in each of its three set victories, Morehead State volleyball improved to 10-0 at home with a four-set victory over Austin Peay Saturday. The Eagles (14-4, 5-1 OVC) defeated the Governors (5-15, 3-3) by scores of 25-20, 21-25, 25-14, and 25-20.

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Looking to extend their winning streak over their in-state rival, Morehead State volleyball did so in grand fashion Wednesday night. The Eagles (13-4, 4-1 OVC) swept Eastern Kentucky (6-13, 1-4), taking the match by scores of 25-18, 25-22, and 25-15.

Morehead State collected 49 total kills in the match, hitting .279 on the night. The Eagles assisted on 45 of the team's 49 kills, averaging 15 assists per set. Morehead State also dug up 50 total balls, averaging 16.67 digs per set.

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Following a weekend that saw her record an Ohio Valley Conference-high 49 kills, Morehead State volleyball's Olivia Lohmeier garnered OVC Offensive Player of the Week honors. The award marks the seventh of Lohmeier's career while also marking the ninth overall OVC weekly award win of her career.

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Playing the program's first Sunday match since 1998, Morehead State volleyball dropped a tightly contested match on the road at Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks (9-7, 3-1 OVC) downed the Eagles (12-4, 3-1) by scores of 23-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-20, 19-17.

Racking up 24 kills in yesterday afternoon's match, junior outside hitter Olivia Lohmeier eclipsed 20 kills for the second consecutive match, recording 25 kills Sunday afternoon. She recorded her 25 kills on 56 attacks, committing just four errors to hit .375 for the match.

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Heading on the road for the first time during Ohio Valley Conference play, Morehead State improved to 3-0 in league play with a four-set defeat of Tennessee Tech. The Eagles (12-3, 3-0 OVC) defeated the Golden Eagles (6-11, 2-2) by scores of 25-17, 21-25, 25-14, 25-23.

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Following a weekend that saw her dish out 84 assists and lead Morehead State volleyball to a .254 team hitting percentage, freshman setter Bridget Bessler has garnered Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week honors for the second straight week.

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For the second time this season, Morehead State volleyball completes a perfect weekend at home, sweeping Southeastern Louisiana to the 2019 Comfort Inn-Vitational. The Eagles (9-3) downed the Lions (5-9) by scores of 25-13, 25-16, and 25-19 to take the match in straight sets.

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Ending a five-game losing skid to regional rival Marshall, Morehead State volleyball snapped the streak in grand fashion Thursday night. The Eagles (7-3) defeated the Thundering Herd (7-4) in a five-set thriller to bring the volleyball version of the Ellis T. Johnson Trophy back home.

Morehead State outlasted Marshall, taking the match with set scores of 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 22-25, and 15-13.

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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.

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After earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Eagle Challenge, the awards continue to roll in for Morehead State volleyball's Olivia Lohmeier as she's garnered Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors by unanimous selection.

The selection marks the fifth OVC Offensive Player of the Week and eighth overall OVC weekly award for the Cincinnati, Ohio native. The junior outside hitter led the Eagles with 44 kills across three sweeps last weekend while putting together a .305 hitting percentage from the outside.

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Following the season's opening weekend, Morehead State volleyball's Chandler Clark continued to grow her trophy collection as she garnered Setter of the Week accolades from the Ohio Valley Conference Monday.

Monday's recognition marks the fourth OVC Setter of the Week award for the Seymour, Ind. native who won the award during each of the final three months of the 2018 season. Clark finished the opening weekend dishing out 86 assists (10.75 per set) across eight sets while adding 12 digs, three kills, and a service ace.

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Career-best efforts from several players pushed Morehead State volleyball past Davidson Saturday morning. The Eagles (2-1) outlasted the Wildcats (0-2) in a five-set affair, taking the match with set scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-17, 23-25, and 15-11.

Leading the numerous career-bests for Morehead State was junior outside hitter Lauren Rokey. Rokey slammed home a career-high 22 kills on 38 swings. She committed just two errors to swing an outstanding .526 from the outside.

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After a month of preseason practice, Morehead State officially opened the 2019 season Friday afternoon, competing at the Cristi Curtis Volleyball Invitational hosted by Winthrop. The Eagles opened the three-match event, dropping in five sets to their hosts.

Winthrop took the event's opening match, downing Morehead State 16-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-17, and 17-15.

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In the team's final tune-up prior to the 2019 season opener, Morehead State volleyball downed Bellarmine in an exhibition match Saturday. The Eagles defeated the Knights in four sets, dropping the first 25-19 before rattling off three straight set victories (25-17, 25-20, and 25-17).

The two teams played a bonus fifth set with Bellarmine capturing the set 15-9.

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After placing three student-athletes on postseason all-conference squads last season, Morehead State volleyball once again has three student-athletes up for honors as redshirt junior setter Chandler Clark and junior outside hitters Olivia Lohmeier and Lauren Rokey have been named Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference.

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After being nominated for the honor in late June, Morehead State volleyball's Jessie Wachtman has been named one of two conference honorees from the Ohio Valley Conference for the prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association's Woman of the Year award.

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For the second consecutive season, both Morehead State volleyball and beach volleyball have garnered the highest team academic honor from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. This year marks the 12th consecutive season volleyball has earned the honor while beach volleyball has earned the award in back-to-back seasons.

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