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November 23, 2013

MSU volleyball soars to top in OVC

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MOREHEAD — Senior libero Leslie Schellhaas set the Morehead State career record for digs and was named Most Valuable Player as the Eagle volleyball team swept SIU Edwardsville (25-18, 25-14, 25-22) Saturday night at Wetherby Gym to win the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

MSU (27-7) won its second tournament in the last three years (2011) and will be making its second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The NCAA selection show is scheduled to air on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. Details about a possible watch party will be posted to MSUEagles.com when they become available.

Senior outside hitter Aryn Bohannon and freshman setter Bailey Nichol were also named to the All-Tournament Team.

“This team has worked their tails off, and I am so proud they accomplished their goal of winning the OVC Tournament,” head coach Jaime Gordon said. “This win tonight was also for all our alumni in attendance and for our community. What a special night. Our fans the last three nights have been unbelievable.”

Schellhaas compiled a match-best 14 digs tonight and just slipped Kristina Schoo (2,215 from 2006-09) with 2,216 digs now. During the tournament, Schellhaas also eclipsed her own MSU single-season dig mark of 641 and upped her total to 669 tonight.

“It is great to earn awards and set records, but I am still just one touch during a play,” Schellhaas said. “It’s about all 12 players on our team. We win as a team. Everyone, even the players who didn't play, were crucial to us winning the championship.”

Defensively, Morehead State tallied 10 blocks, including five by junior middle Laura McDermott. McDermott also smacked nine kills without an error for a career-best .750 hitting percentage. SIUE hit just .101.

Bohannon, who elected to return for her fifth year of eligibility this season, led the team with 13 kills.

Nichol guided the Eagle offense to a .305 attack efficiency and had 33 assists and four kills with no errors.

Cori Harris paced the Cougars with nine kills, while Chelsea Colclasure posted a team-best nine digs.

After never trailing in the first-set win and hitting .433 in the second-set triumph, MSU found itself behind 17-16 in the third frame following a Harris winner. But, Morehead State scored five of the next six points to reverse the momentum in its favor.

Video by Ji Heo, Moreheads State's Convergent Meida

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