Volleyball Welcomes UNF, Jacksonville for Senior Weekend
MACON, Ga. – Winners in four of their last six matches, the Mercer volleyball team looks to keep its roll going as North Florida and Jacksonville invade Macon for senior weekend. On Friday, Mercer hosts UNF in a 7 p.m. start before challenging Jacksonville on Saturday at 3 p.m. Prior to Saturday's first serve, Mercer's senior trio of Anna Coursey, Amiee Frutchey and Charlotte Harris will be honored for their Mercer careers.
Mercer is 9-16 (2-6 A-Sun) after splitting a conference set with ETSU and USC Upstate last weekend. The Bears fell to the Lady Bucs 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-15) on October 21 before rebounding to defeat the Spartans 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-18) on October 22.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
North Florida enters Macon riding a four-match winning streak and stands at 12-14 (3-6 A-Sun) overall. The Ospreys' four-match winning streak is a season high and features wins over Bethune Cookman, Florida A&M and Jacksonville.
Junior Paige Pridgeon leads the Ospreys' offense with 333 kills on the season, ranking fifth most among conference players. Pridgeon, a two-time all-conference player, ranks second on the A-Sun active career kill leaders chart with 1,093 kills to her credit.
UNF leads the all-time series between the teams, 9-5, but Mercer has taken victories in each of the last four matchups. The last time Mercer lost to UNF was September 15, 2008 in a five-set thriller at UNF Arena.
Jacksonville rolls into Macon after facing Kennesaw State on Friday night in Kennesaw. The Dolphins are currently 11-15 (3-6 A-Sun) and have just one win in their last six matches.
The Jacksonville offense hinges on two main attackers, Alliya Drzewiecki and Alison Loeppky. Crzewiecki has a team-best 237 kills while Loeppky has 212 kills to her credit.
Jacksonville leads the all-time series between the teams, 21-4.
Senior Amiee Frutchey enters the weekend just ten kills short of 900 for her career. The Gresham, Ore. native ranks fourth among active A-Sun leaders in the category.
Jennifer Katona tops Mercer's roster with 214 kills entering the weekend. Katona is the first player to reach 200 kills in her first season with the program since Jen Darty had 225 in her freshman campaign during the 2006 season.
Head coach Noelle Rooke has posted winning records at home in four of her seven seasons at Mercer. This season, the Bears are 5-7 at the University Center with three home matches to go. Mercer is 5-1 in its last six matches versus UNF and Jacksonville at the University Center.