University of Southern Indiana Volleyball heads to East Peoria for the GLVC Volleyball Championship Tournament, beginning on April 16 with third-seeded USI playing sixth-seeded Lindenwood. The Screaming Eagles utilized an undefeated weekend with wins over GLVC-foes to rise in the AVCA rankings.
The Screaming Eagles ranked up to 21st following an impressive undefeated weekend with wins over division rivals Illinois Springfield and then-No. 1 Lewis. USI beat the Prairie Stars in four sets to sweep the season series against UIS. The Eagles then went to Romeoville with one thing in mind, an upset. USI beat the top-ranked Flyers in five sets behind impressive stat lines from a multitude of its players. In the GLVC East, USI improved to 7-1, only dropping its opening match of the season to Lewis in five sets.
Up next for the Eagles is the first round of the GLVC Volleyball Championship Tournament against the sixth seed, Lindenwood. The Lindenwood Lions own an 11-7 record on the season, including two wins over ranked opponents. In the last meeting between the Eagles and Lions, USI swept the match 3-0 behind an outstanding weekend performance from Leah Anderson.
USI enters the first round GLVC tournament match on a four-match winning streak, beating McKendree, UIndy, UIS, and Lewis. In the four-match streak, five players are averaging two-plus kills per set with a team attack percentage of .238 and 13.94 kills per set as a team. Katherine Koch and Leah Anderson lead the way on offense with 3.63 and 3.50 kills per set while Abby Weber, Abby Bednar, and Taylor Litteken have all averaged more than two per set. Casey Cepicky has dished out 166 over the four matches with 10.38 assists per set. Defensively, over the same stretch, the Eagles have six players laying out for at least 2.75 digs per set. At the net, junior Sidney Hegg has been essential to disrupting opposing attacks with 1.53 blocks per set while the Eagles have held opposing forces to an attack percentage of .139.
GLVC Tournament Information
The GLVC Tournament runs from April 16-18 in East Peoria, Illinois, at the EastSide Centre.