The Monarchs travel across town to play at Norfolk State on Tuesday

Old Dominion (3-6, 0-0 Sun Belt) at Norfolk State (0-7, 0-0 MEAC)
Game Info – Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm EST
Location – Gill Gymnasium (Norfolk, Va.)
broadcast – HBCU League Pass Plus
Live Stats – CLICK HERE

NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion volleyball team opens its final week of non-conference play with a short trip across Norfolk to play Norfolk State on Tuesday. Scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff in Gill Gymnasium, live stats will be available and the game will be broadcast on HBCU League Pass Plus.

Tuesday marks just the second meeting between the two programs. ODU defeated NSU in straight sets last season on Sept. 18 to end the 2021 Quest for the Crown. Theresa Atilano was named the tournament’s most valuable player and joined the all-tournament team from Myah Conway AND Hailey Duncan.

About ODU
Down two sets to one, the Monarchs (3-6) outscored Navy 16-14 in the fifth set to earn a 3-2 victory on the first day of the Quest for the Crown tournament last Thursday at the ODU Volleyball Center . ODU also forced a fifth set against Notre Dame on Friday, but fell 15-12 in the deciding set. The team then ended its home tour with a 3-0 loss to East Carolina on Saturday.

Conway represented the Monarchs on the All-Tournament Team. The sophomore from Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania led ODU with 40 kills (3.08 per set) while hitting .273. She added 12 digs, 11 blocks and an assist to her tournament totals.

Conway leads the team this season with 80 kills and 91.5 points. Atilano is up to 231 assists and currently ranks 28th nationally and third in the Sun Belt with 17 service assists. She also ranks 49th in the nation and fourth in the league with 0.53 aces per set. Jamie Bissmeyer also has double-digit aces with 12 and owns a team of 102 dams, while Anna Burkhardt is next in digs with 73. At the net, Bailey Burgess and Duncan have recorded 34 and 30 blocks, respectively.

As a team, the Monarchs are third in the SBC in total blocks (73) and are fourth in blocks per set (2.21).

About Norfolk State
NSU is looking for its first win of the season as the Spartans enter the contest 0-7 overall. The team played in Tennessee’s Rocky Top Classic over the weekend and opened the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Citadel on Friday. Saturday saw NSU fall in straight sets to the host Volunteers before suffering a 3-0 setback to New Hampshire.

Freshman Sydney McCree was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Rookie of the Week on Monday after posting three double-doubles in four games last week, averaging 6.6 assists and 2.6 digs per set. A native of Durham, NC, she posted career highs in assists (39), digs (10) and service aces (4) in a 3-2 loss to Hampton last Wednesday. She followed that outing with 28 assists and 15 digs against The Citadel before tallying 20 assists and 11 digs against New Hampshire.

Shonte Seale leads the team in points (82.5) and kills (77), while McCree leads the way with 171 assists. She and teammate Paola Matos have combined to serve 15 aces. On the defensive side of the net, Nicole Rodriguez has 105 digs while Adlene Jideofor has a team-best 17 blocks. Seale ranks second in the MEAC with 2.96 kills per set, and Rodriguez is fourth in the conference in digs per set (4.20) and fifth in total digs.

The Spartans were picked to finish sixth in the MEAC preseason poll with one first-place vote and 60 total points.

The next one
The Monarchs are in Richmond, Virginia this Friday and Saturday for the VCU Invitational inside the Siegel Center. ODU will play twice on Friday, starting with a 10 a.m. game against North Carolina before facing UMBC at 3 p.m. The team then meets the tournament hosts on Saturday at 6 p.m

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