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Volleyball Set For Trips To Missouri State and SIU

first_imgStory Links vs. MSU – ESPN3 The Drake University volleyball team is on the road for back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference matches this weekend against Missouri State and Southern Illinois.The first match is set for Friday evening as the Bulldogs take on Missouri State at 7 p.m. and then travel to Carbondale, Ill., to face Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Both contests will be broadcast on ESPN3.Drake (15-6, 4-3 MVC) looks to improve on its conference record after passing the .500 mark with its victory over Indiana State Monday, Oct. 8.Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) is coming off her third straight game with a double-double after recording a career-high 23 kills and 14 digs in the win over the Sycamores. Callan Holmes (Lorena, Texas) is also coming off a career night, recording a double-double with a career-high 16 kills and 12 digs.Missouri State (10-9, 3-3 MVC) returns home after racking three-straight wins with the last two coming on the road. A perennial contender for the MVC title, Missouri State has held the upper hand in the series lately as Drake has not won a match against Missouri State since 2010. However, last season, the Bulldogs forced five sets against the Bears in Des Moines.Southern Illinois (4-15, 0-6 MVC) is still looking for its first conference win as the Salukis have a two-match home stand hosting UNI on Friday night and then Drake.Drake ranks in the top five of the MVC in assists per set (12.56), kills per set (13.44), digs per set (17.60), and opponent hitting percentage (.169). Elle Tubs (Clinton, Iowa) is also third in service aces per set (0.30) and sixth in the league in blocks per set (1.03).After this weekend’s matches, Drake travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to take on currently undefeated Northern Iowa at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Print Friendly Version vs. MSU – Live Stats vs. SIU – ESPN3 Drake Match Notes vs. SIU – Live Stats last_img read more