Oct. 17, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy volleyball team will open a stretch where it plays five of its next six matches at home Friday night when the Midshipmen play host to American in a 7 p.m. match in the Wesley A. Brown Field House.
A free live video stream of the match will be available on NavySports.com through the Patriot League Network. Additionally, live statistics from the match will be available on NavySports.com.
There is no admission charge for any Navy home volleyball match.
All fans without a Department of Defense identification card will need to either park outside of the Naval Academy and walk through the security checkpoint or else ride the free shuttle bus to and from the matches. The shuttle bus will originate from and return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (parking is $5. per vehicle). For directions, shuttle bus location and answers to other game day related questions, please visit the following link:
Game Day Information.
Navy saw its Patriot League record move back above the .500 level (4-3) Wednesday night when the Mids posted a four-set win over Loyola in Baltimore. The Mids put together their most balanced performance of the season in defeating the Greyhounds. Five Navy players tallied at least nine kills in the match, with four Mids reaching double figures in kills. Additionally, five Mids recorded at least one of Navy's nine service aces, five players grabbed at least six digs and five Mids notched at least one block.
"We received contributions from a number of people in various statistical categories," said Navy head coach Larry Bock on the win by the Mids against Loyola. "Having all-around balance such as that is a good example of the depth we carry on the team."
Erin Fortner (Sr., Villa Hills, Ky.) led Navy with 12 kills, Alli Graf (Fr., Annapolis, Md.) dropped in four aces and grabbed 19 digs, and Katie Sylakowski (So., Escondido, Calif.) recorded six blocks.
Fortner continues to pace the Navy offense with a 3.75 kills-per-set average that ranks second in the league during the league season. Graf's performance against the Greyhounds moved her into a tie for second in the league in aces (0.54 saps) and fourth in digs (4.46 dps). Syalkowski remains among the league leaders in both hitting percentage (.319, seventh) and blocks (0.96 bps), while Alex Cassel
(Jr., Sandy, Utah) stands fifth in the league in blocks (1.04 bps). Completing the list of Mids who are ranked among the league's top-10 statistical leaders is Alex Karika
(So., Cranberry Township, Pa.), who stands third with an average of 10.29 assists per set.
Navy as a team ranks among the top teams in five of the seven statistics tracked by the league. This includes blocks (second, 2.33 bps), aces (third, 1.62 saps), kills (fourth, 13.00 kps), hitting percentage (fourth, .225) and opponent hitting percentage (fourth, .189).
American enters the match with a league record of 6-1 and an overall record of 20-2. The Eagles are in second place in the Patriot League standings.
"American is an imposing team both on paper and on film," said Bock. "Finding physical matchup advantages at the net are going to be hard for us to come by, so we will need to play a very smart and clean match."
Kristyna Lindovska leads not only the American team in kills, but also the Patriot League with her average of 3.86 kills per set. She also is the team's hitting percentage leader (fourth in the league) with a mark of .365. Placing one spot behind her in both the team and league rankings for hitting percentage is Morgan Hendrix with her tally of .359. Hendrix also ranks second on the team and fourth in the league in blocks (1.11 bps), with Kelly McCaddin pacing American and ranking third in the league with her average of 1.15 blocks per set. Additional members of the squad who rank among the league leaders are Monika Smidova, who is second in assists (10.41 aps), Allison Cappellino, who is fifth in aces (0.44 saps), and Megan Rosburg, who stands eighth in digs (3.44 dps).
The Eagles lead the Patriot League in hitting percentage (.270) while ranking second in opponent hitting percentage (.165), kills (13.88 kps) and aces (1.68 saps).
American defeated Navy in both matches between the teams a year ago. The Eagles first rallied to post a 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-7 win over the Mids in Washington, D.C., then recorded a 25-20, 25-10, 21-25, 25-21 victory in Annapolis.
Fortner was hurt midway through the third set of the initial match between the teams, but still led Navy with 12 kills and a solid .281 attack percentage in the match. She would knock down 16 kills in the second match of the year. American had three players record at least 10 kills in one of the matches against Navy last season. Among returning players for American, Morgan Hendrix recorded 18 kills in the former meeting while she and Kelly McCaddin each tallied nine kills in the latter match.