The Richmond Register

October 22, 2013

Colonels set to put win streak on the line

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — The Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team will  put its four-match winning streak on the line at home today against Northern Kentucky University.

The match at McBrayer Arena is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Colonels (11-12, 4-4 OVC) have beaten Eastern Illinois, Wright State, Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. The four match-winning streak ties for the longest this season.

Northern enters the match 8-14 overall and 3-7 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Norse have lost two straight, falling on the road at Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast.

EKU and NKU have both played Wright State and Kennesaw State this season and both are 2-0 against those opponents.

Senior Ashley Edmond leads EKU with 3.29 kills per set. Junior Alexis Plagens averages 2.94 kills per set. Dena Ott is coming off a 31-dig performance against Jacksonville State and averages 4.46 digs per set this season.

Jayden Julian leads NKU with 2.87 kills per set. Taylor Snyder averages 10.56 assists per set. Anna Prickel contributes 3.54 digs per set and Jenna Ruble leads the team with 0.75 blocks per set.

EKU back on top of  cross country rankings

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s cross country team usurped the top spot from North Carolina in the most recent NCAA Southeast Region rankings, released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.

The move comes after EKU defeated North Carolina head-to-head at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational this weekend in Madison. At a loaded meet that featured 19 of the top-30 teams in the country,  EKU finished 10th with a score of 332 points. UNC placed 11th with 381 points.

The Colonels, who entered the weekend ranked No. 16 in the country, also defeated two other teams ahead of them in the national rankings, No. 12 Indiana and No. 14 Texas, as well as No. 17 Providence,  No. 21 UCLA, No. 22 Minnesota, No. 24 Georgetown, No. 26 Florida, No. 28 Notre Dame and No. 30 Arizona State.

Senior Soufiane Bouchikhi led the way for the Colonels on Saturday, finishing fifth out of 287 competitors and covering the 8K course in a time of 23:27. Fellow senior Wade Meddles was EKU’s second finisher, placing 32nd overall in 23:53. Freshman Ambrose Maritim (60th / 24:07) and juniors Thijs Nijhuis (100th / 24:22) and Ole Hesselbjerg (135th / 24:33) rounded out the Colonels’ scoring five at the meet.

The EKU women’s team, meanwhile, dropped one spot to No. 7 in the Southeast Region after finishing 42nd at the NCAA Pre-Nationals without top runner Ann Eason.

The EKU cross country teams have this weekend off before competing at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in Morehead on Nov. 2.