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Nov. 10, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate volleyball team will wrap up its third season of Division I play this weekend as they make the trip to the Southern outposts of the Atlantic Sun Conference, facing Florida Gulf Coast, who won the 2007 and 2008 A-Sun regular season titles, on Thursday before wrapping up the season against Stetson on Saturday.
The Spartans will once again try to play the role of the spoiler against the Eagles, as an Eagles' loss would possibly help Jacksonville earn the No. 2 seed in the A-Sun Tournament, which FGCU currently holds. Against the Hatters on Saturday, Upstate will look to stay perfect in the Edmunds Center, having won both matches against the Hatters in the building. In 2008, the Spartans posted a convincing, 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-17) win in the building, hitting a solid .284 in the match and getting 18 digs from Megan Healey, who has 64 career digs in four matches against Stetson.
Junior Megan Healey moved into sixth place in school history as she posted a match-high 12 digs on Nov. 7 against Lipscomb. The junior has 1,075 career digs, just 20 behind Angie Gambrell's fifth-best mark of 1,095, set from 1986-89.
Junior Erin Jacobsen needs six blocks in the last two matches to become the first player in Upstate's D-I era to reach 100 in a season.
Senior Morgan Bucciferro enters the week with 2,235 career assists, just 43 shy of Lisa Wilson's fourth-best mark of 2,278, set from 1989-92.
Freshman Emily Sanders leads all A-Sun freshmen in assists, posting 481 on the season. She is second to Stetson's Kelli Carneal in assists per set, but Carneal has played in 67 sets to Sanders' 102.
Fourteen of Upstate's 20 double-doubles this season have been posted by freshmen, with freshman Emily Sanders leading the way with a team-high nine assist-dig efforts. Paige Weiland has added three kill-dig efforts and Mindy Quimby also has two kill-dig double-doubles to her credit.
The libero also posted two aces against Stetson on Oct. 2 to become the first player in the D-I era to reach 100 in a career. The two-time team captain is currently tied for 16th in school history with 108 career aces.