Behind a season-best defensive effort that included 13.0 team blocks and 72 team digs, Morehead State volleyball held Tennessee State to a .063 team hitting percentage en route to a four-set victory Sunday evening at Johnson Arena.
Morehead State took the match behind scores of 25-22, 25-16, 16-25, and 25-6 to claim the four-set victory and move to 7-0 on the season while Tennessee State drops to 0-7.
At the net, four players recorded four or more total blocks to lead the Eagles to their highest block total since Oct. 12, 2019. Leading the way was junior middle blocker Mia Swearingen who tallied a season-high with six total blocks while senior outside hitters Olivia Lohmeier and Lauren Rokey added season-highs with five and four total blocks, respectively.
For the third consecutive match, all four Morehead State defensive specialists and its setter recorded five or more digs each, tallying seven or more apiece for the second straight match. Junior libero Allison Whitten led the Eagles with 21 digs, a season-high, and her ninth career 20-plus dig match. Leading a group of three others with double-figure digs, sophomore setter Bridget Bessler tied a career-high with 14 digs.
Defensive specialists, junior Olivia Montelisciani and redshirt junior Taylor Hodges added 12 and 10 digs each to round out those with double-digit dig totals as sophomore defensive specialist Andrea Grimes neared double-figures with eight digs.
Morehead State's 72 team digs were the most for the team since scooping up 78 balls in four sets on Nov. 8, 2019.
Adding 38 assists, Bessler tallied her second double-double of the season and her second in the past three matches. She also dumped in a season-high four kills on 10 attempts, crafting a .400 hitting efficiency.
Offensively, Rokey paced the Eagles with a season-best and match-high with 17 kills. Lohmeier joined her in double-figures, tallying 13 kills, extending her streak of matches with 10 or more kills to 19 matches. Nearing double-figure was Swearingen who slammed home a season-best eight kills, hitting .316 on the evening.
Morehead State and Tennessee State return to Johnson Arena tomorrow afternoon for the finale of the two-game set at 2 p.m. ET.