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LWC Volleyball returns to Biggers with 2 matches on Saturday

By Kyrin Mayfield

For the second Saturday in a row, the No. 23 Lindsey Wilson volleyball team has a pair of matches, as the Blue Raiders host Cumberland (Tenn.) and Shawnee State (Ohio) on Saturday, March 20, with first serves of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. CT.

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Lindsey Wilson (11-2, 8-1 Mid-South Conference) is on a three-game winning streak after sweeping Bethel (Tenn.) on Thursday. The Blue Raiders lead all conference teams in hit percentage (.237) and kills per set (12.9).

Alexis Smith continues to pace Lindsey Wilson hitters by registering double-digit kills in each of the previous four matches. Her 3.6 successful spikes per set rank sixth in the MSC.

Madison Bidwell, Alix Stoermer and Radaisy Valdez all contribute offensively as well with each recording over two kills in each set.

Valdez has a presence on the defensive side, too. The freshman has accumulated at least one block in every game this season and is at the top of that category on the squad with 0.9 per set, eighth-most in the conference.

Defensively, Lauren Larzelere is the Blue Raiders' most active player in the back row with five digs per set, the MSC's sixth-highest mark. She's notched 18 or more in each of the last three contests.

Opposite of Lindsey Wilson, Cumberland (8-13, 5-4 MSC) needed the full five sets to win each of its last two games. The Phoenix sit second-to-last in hit percentage (.127).

Cumberland spreads the attempts evenly with three players averaging over two kills per set. Nicole Carey is at the top in that category with 2.4 in each game and has produced 10 or more kills in four of the previous five contests.

The Phoenix depend on Sadie Edmonston to keep rallies going with her 5.2 digs per set. The libero notched a season-high 29 digs against Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) on March 13 and then garnered 28 over Martin Methodist (Tenn.) on Thursday. She stays active on the back row as Cumberland only records 1.2 blocks per set, second-fewest in the MSC. However, in the first meeting of the season, the Phoenix recorded 12 total blocks, the most in a single game this year.

Lindsey Wilson is on a 24 match winning streak against Cumberland and leads the all-time series 40-16 with a 15-7 mark at home. The two programs met back on Feb. 27 as the Blue Raiders claimed a 3-1 win.

Shawnee State (6-7, 4-4 MSC) dropped three straight games to begin March but has since gone 4-0 including Thursday's win against Georgetown (Ky.).

The Bears rely heavily on Macie Rhoads' 3.7 kills per set, a mark that is fourth-highest in the MSC. However, Shawnee State has multiple contributors on the front and back rows.

At the net, Nashail Shelby has three or more blocks in each of her previous four contests with seven against Georgetown, the most in a match since the season opener. She sits tied for fourth in the MSC with 1 block per set. Isabella Gill compliments Shelby on the front line with her 0.8 blocks per set, making it tough for any hitter to get the ball past the blocking duo.

On the back row, two Bears rack up the digs in Emilee Cochran and Rhoads. The pair provides 4.3 and 4.1 digs in each set for reliable back-row options to keep a volley going.

The Blue Raiders hold a 19-3 advantage over the Bears in the all-time series with an unblemished record of 7-0 in Columbia. Lindsey Wilson has won the last 18 against Shawnee State.

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