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Stetson hosts Florida Gulf Coast and Savannah State on Saturday
by: Eric Dusenbery
Volleyball Hosts FGCU, Savannah State on Saturday
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  10/05/2012
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The Stetson volleyball team will host a non-traditional doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the Edmunds Center.  The Hatters will face Florida Gulf Coast (10-7, 6-0 A-Sun) in a conference match at 1 p.m., followed immediately by a non-conference contest against Savannah State (0-20) at 4 p.m.

The NCAA limits teams to 28 regular season dates, so the doubleheader allows Stetson to add an extra match.  Including the six tournament doubleheaders earlier this season, the Hatters have seven dates with double matches on the schedule, giving them a total of 35 regular season contests in 2012.

Ticket Information
General Admission tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.  All Stetson home events are free to Stetson students, faculty, and staff with a Stetson University ID.  For more information call (386) 822-8110.

On the Web
Live video for both matches will be available on HatterVision (please note the two separate logins for the two matches).  Ryan Rouse will call the play-by-play.

Live stats for both matches will be available on

Fans can also get in-game twitter updates of Stetson volleyball matches all season long by following @StetsonVB from your twitter account.  Postgame recaps and statistics will be available on the Stetson Athletics website at

Stetson vs. the Opponents All-Time
Record vs. Florida Gulf Coast: 1-7 (Stetson won 3-2 on Oct. 29 last year) 
Record vs. Savannah State: 12-0 (Stetson won all three meetings last year)

Last Year vs. FGCU, Oct. 29, 2011
Stetson rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Florida Gulf Coast 3-2 at the Edmunds Center on "Serve for the Cure" Day. The Hatters dropped the first two sets 25-21, 27-25 before roaring back out of the locker room with a 25-14 win in Set 3. Stetson then picked up back-to-back three-point wins (25-22 and 15-12) to complete the comeback over the Eagles.

Kaylee Ream had 17 kills and 14 digs for the Hatters.  Kaley Melville had a double-double as well with 15 kills and 16 digs while Ellen Hawks knocked down a career-high 13 kills. Kelli Carneal finished with a career high-tying 45 assists, five digs and four kills with Taylor Story delivering five aces plus eight digs and four kills.  Defensively for the Hatters, Monique Russell had 20 digs.

Going the Distance
The Hatters are the only A-Sun school to play six five-set matches this season.

A-Sun Statistical Rankings
The Hatters 1.69 team blocks per set ranks fourth in the A-Sun.  Ellen Hawks ranks second in the A-Sun in total blocks (78) and fourth in blocks/set (0.94).  Monique Russell leads the A-Sun with 361 digs, and ranks fifth in digs per set (4.35).

Hawks Among All-Time Stetson Blocking Leaders
Junior Ellen Hawks has 242 career blocks, the most among all active players in the Atlantic Sun.  She is also just five blocks away from breaking the Stetson school record during the rally-scoring era (since 2001).  Laura Boyd posted 246 blocks from 2006-09.  

Russell Among All-Time A-Sun Digs Leaders
Senior Monique Russell, Stetson’s all-time digs leader, ranks 13th in conference history (since 2001) with 1300 career digs.

Kaley Melville and Kelli Carneal have each recorded eight double-doubles this season and Cailyn Prewitt and Kayla Weller have one double-double each.

Freshmen Starting
The Hatter freshmen have combined to make 44 starts this season, exactly 1/3 of the team’s total for matches started.  Here is a summary of the number of matches started for the Hatter freshmen:
Kayla Weller – 15
Morgan Pautch – 13
Cailyn Prewitt – 12
Evann Dickerson – 2
Alexa Drost – 2

Up Next – at NKU, Lipscomb
Stetson will wrap up the first half of the conference season next weekend with a Friday night match at Northern Kentucky and a Saturday afternoon match at Lipscomb.

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