Volleyball returns home for three matches

(Courtesy of SMU Athletics)

SMU volleyball plays three matches at home before wrapping up regular season play on Nov. 28. The first match begins Friday when SMU hosts Connecticut at 7p.m. in Moody Coliseum and return Sunday Nov. 23 to take on Temple at 1 p.m. where the seniors will also be recognized. The Mustangs remain in Moody for their next game which comes Nov. 26 against Tulsa at 2 p.m. An the Mustangs conclude the regular season comes Nov. 28 at East Carolina.

SMU enters the weekend 22-6 overall and 11-5 in the American Athletic Conference, play. They are currently in a three-way tie for third in Conference play.

Mustang leaders begin with setter, Avery Acker, who leads the league and ranks 11th in the NCAA with 11.54 assists per set. She recorded 49 assists before suffering an injury late in the fourth set of the loss against UCF Sunday. Acker also has a league-high 23 double-doubles with 351 digs this season.

Another standout is Morgan Heise who is second in the league with 5.06 digs per set. As only a sophomore, Heise ranks fifth in a season all-time at SMU with 541 digs this season. Heise only needs 85 to break Sidney Stewart’s single-season record of 625 digs, set in 2011. She has also been named Defensive Player of the Week three times in The American and is now 32nd individually overall.

Next up is senior Caroline Young who leads five Mustangs with at least 200 kills, scoring 324 during her senior season after sitting out for three matches. Young went down with an ankle injury in the first set of the Memphis game.

Abbey Bybel sits at second for the Mustangs with 317 kills, and third with 271 digs.

The Mustangs play Connecticut Friday, sitting at 10-17 overall, 3-13 in conference play. Connecticut has lost 13 of its last 14 games after a 6-1 start on the season. Oddly enough, that included a 3-0 win against Temple, currently second in the league. The Mustangs are 4-0 all-time against the Huskies, only losing one set in the entire series.

Young is one of the seniors being recognized this weekend. She ranks 10th in the American with 317 kills and 3.12 per set. Young has scored at least 10 kills in nine of the last 10 matches, including four double-doubles moving her season total to seven. Young played two matches in the back row after her ankle injury. She has scored at least 10 kills in 22 matches and her season-high of 23 came against then-No. 24 Oklahoma. In her SMU career Young has 1,347 kills, ranking sixth all-time at SMU.

Defensive specialist Julianne Scheidler is another senior being recognized this weekend. Sheidler’s career-high 12 digs came in a four set win at Connecticut. That was after she recorded nine against Temple and went on to record 11 digs in three sets at Houston.

Senior Carla Armstrong will also be recognized this weekend. In the 2013 season Armstrong played 75 sets over 26 matches with six starts, recording 97 digs on the year with a season-best 10 against San Francisco.

Come out and support your Mustangs and the seniors this weekend. And be sure to check back with The Daily Campus next week on a recap of the team’s weekend.

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