CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team is set to open the 2019 season at the Charlotte Invitational this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Colonels will take on Kent State University at 12 p.m. eastern on Friday, followed by a matchup against Gardner-Webb University at 4 p.m. Eastern will wrap up the weekend against host UNC Charlotte on Saturday at 12 p.m.
Live statistics will be provided for all matches.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
-Head Coach Johnna Fouch will be making her coaching debut on Friday against Kent State.
-Woody will lead the offense for the Colonels after having a team-best 564 assists a year ago.
-The Colonels return nine players off last year's squad.
-EKU welcomes in five new faces, three freshman and two transfers.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
-The Colonels are 9-3 all-time against the Golden Flashes. The last meeting between the squads was in 2013.
-Kent State posted a 13-18 record last season with a 6-10 mark in the MAC.
-The Golden Flashes are led by a duo of sophomores. Erin Gardner will lead the defense bringing back her team-best 578 digs from a year ago. Danie Tyson returns after recording a team-high 243 kills a year ago in the middle.
-Head Coach Don Gromala is entering his eighth season at the helm at Kent State. He helped lead the school to its first Mid-American Conference East Division title in 2015.
-This is the first ever meeting between the two teams.
-The Bulldogs are coming off a 7-22 season a year ago.
-Senior Charissa Coleman will lead the defense for GWU after recording 436 digs a year ago.
-Sophomore outside hitter Kylee Garrison returns after posting a team-high 217 kills last year.
-Kamille Jones is in her first year as the interim head coach for Gardner-Webb.
-Eastern leads the all-time series between the two teams 1-0, with the only meeting coming in 1988.
-The 49ers finished 16-15 on the year with a 6-8 record in Conference USA.
-UNC Charlotte is led by a pair of seniors. Yumi Garcia will lead the 49ers defense after posting a team-high 681 digs a year ago.
-Molly Shaw is the team's returning kill leader from last year. She posted 246 kills on the year, good enough for second on the team.
-Karen Washington enters her fifth season as the head coach of the 49ers. She led one of the biggest turnarounds in the country after improving her win total by 12 in 2017.