ROCK HILL, SC – The Winthrop volleyball team returns to conference play tonight when the Eagles travel to Clinton, SC to take on the Presbyterian College Blue Hose at 7 p.m.
Winthrop is coming off a five-set loss to the Davidson Wildcats Tuesday in non-conference action. The Eagles are currently 10-6 overall on the season and 1-1 in the conference.
Alina Sopizhuk is coming off a career night against the Wildcats where she led all hitters with 23 kills. Rachel Lenz and Irene Ojukwu each tallied 14 while Hjordis Eiriksdottir finished with 11.
The Eagles continue to be one of the top hitting teams in the conference, sitting second with a .210 hitting percentage, only behind Radford’s .249. Winthrop has also limited its opponents to a .175 hitting percentage which also ranks them second in the conference.
Rachel Lenz is currently fourth in the Big South in hitting percentage, having hit an average of .322 so far this season. Irene Ojuwku has tallied 185 kills this season, averaging 3.19 per set which ranks her third in the Big South. Jessie Vicic continues to lead the Big South in assists per set with 11.57 and was ranked 17th nationally coming into the week.
Presbyterian enters Friday’s match with a 4-13 record overall but a 2-0 conference mark. Last weekend the Blue Hose defeated Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina at home to open the conference season.
Presbyterian is ranked last in the Big South in hitting percentage this season with a .129 average while allowing opponents to hit .216 this year. Rachel Hall and Andrea Barman lead the Blue Hose in hitting with 167 and 142 kills respectively. Mary Trimpe is ranked second in the conference in both digs per set and aces per set.
The Eagles will next be in action next Friday when they travel to UNC Asheville for a 7 p.m. contest against the Bulldogs.