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by: Kat and Eric Photography
Volleyball Visits JU, FGCU This Week
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  10/23/2012
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The Stetson volleyball team will play a couple of in-state road matches this week, starting at 7 p.m. tonight when SU visits Jacksonville in a midweek Atlantic Sun Conference volleyball match at Swisher Gym.  The Hatters (4-24, 0-11 A-Sun) and Dolphins (4-20, 2-9 A-Sun) met back on Sept. 25 in DeLand with Jacksonville earning a 3-0 victory.

On Saturday, Stetson will visit first-place Florida Gulf Coast (16-7, 11-0 A-Sun) at 4 p.m. in Fort Myers, Fla.  The Eagles defeated the Hatters 3-0 at the Edmunds Center on Oct. 6.

On the Web
Live stats for tonight's match will be available at the JU athletics website.  Live stats for Saturday's match will be available at the FGCU athletics website.

Live video for both matches will be available at ASun.TV.

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

Introducing Hat-Alerts
The Stetson University Department of Athletics has teamed up with TextCaster to launch a new text messaging communications service called "Hat-Alerts."

A new way for fans to get immediate updates on their favorite Hatter teams, Hat-Alerts is a free service that sends text messages right to people's cell phones.  Hat-Alerts will broadcast score updates, athletics news, ticket information, promotions, and even weather delays.

For volleyball, fans can choose either "scores" (scores sent at intermission and final), and/or "news" (headlines for volleyball news releases).

Stetson vs. the Opponents All-Time
Record vs. Jacksonville: 13-53 (lost 3-0 on Sept. 25)
Record vs. FGCU: 1-8 (lost 3-0 on Oct. 6).

Passionately Pink in October
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Stetson University volleyball team has teamed with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support its Passionately Pink For the Cure initiative throughout the month of October, culminating with the Hatters' Oct. 30 match against North Florida. Fans can make donations by visiting and clicking the "Passionately Pink 2012" link on the volleyball home page.

Most Matches Played
Only one other team in the nation has played more matches than Stetson.  Entering this week, North Texas (19-10) has played 29 matches, while Stetson and Fordham (13-15) have each played 28.  Nine other teams have played 27 matches.

A-Sun Statistical Rankings
Junior Ellen Hawks ranks second in the A-Sun in total blocks (92) and fourth in blocks/set (0.91).  Senior Monique Russell ranks sixth in the league in digs per set (4.22).

Hawks Among All-Time Stetson Blocking Leaders
Ellen Hawks has 256 career blocks, the most among all active players in the Atlantic Sun.  She also holds the Stetson school record for career blocks during the rally-scoring era (since 2001). 

Russell Among All-Time A-Sun Digs Leaders
Monique Russell, Stetson's all-time digs leader, ranks 13th in conference history (since 2001) with 1365 career digs.  She needs 23 digs to move into the top 10 in A-Sun history.

Russell Approaching Single-Season Digs Record
Monique Russell is also just 30 digs shy of setting the all-time single-season digs record at Stetson.

Milestones for Melville
Kaley Melville ranks 12th in school history with 814 kills.  She needs 20 more kills to break into the top 10 all-time.  She is also 13 digs shy of 800 in her career.

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 56 starts this season, exactly 1/3 of the team's total for matches started.  Here is a list of the number of matches started for Hatter freshmen:
Kayla Weller - 18
Cailyn Prewitt - 16
Morgan Pautch - 15
Alexa Drost - 5
Evann Dickerson - 2

Up Next
Stetson hosts its Passionately Pink match next Tuesday night against UNF.

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