Propelled by an inspired defensive effort, Morehead State volleyball swept Murray State 3-0 at Johnson Arena Friday night.
The Eagles improved to 5-9 overall and 1-2 in the league, slowing down the Racers to 8-5 and 2-1 in the OVC.
Morehead State and Murray State played what seemed to be a never-ending set in the opening frame with the home team finally winning 38-36 in the highest scoring single set in program history. The Eagles used that momentum to take the next two sets, 25-18 and 25-21 to win their third consecutive match - all in Morehead - over the Racers.
Junior libero Allison Whitten had another historic-production tonight, recording 40 digs. Her effort was just the third 40-dig match in program history, trailing only the school record of 49 by Dayle Hamontree in 1989 and 42 by Heather Willis in 1993. Whitten's output was just the fifth 40-dig match in Division I this fall and the third highest dig total for a three-set match among all D1 players in 2021, as Murray State's libero Becca Fernandez had her own incredible personal feat with 41 digs tonight.
As a team, the Eagles also out-dug the league's top digging team in Murray State, 102-91. The 102 scoops were the most since a 100-dig night against SIU Edwardsville in 2012.
At the net, the Eagles were just as stout. Redshirt freshman middle McKenzee Wagenerturned back a career-high nine Racer attacks, with three solo rejections. Freshman Irene Wogenstahl was a part of a career-high six blocks, while sophomore outside hitter Abby Hulsman tied her career-best with four blocks. Morehead State easily had its best blocking night of the year with 14.
Not to be outshined, the Eagle offense produced 57 kills, including a team-high 15 from Hulsman. Grad student Olivia Lohmeier hammered down 14, and Wogenstahl was successful on 13 swings.
Part of the offense and defense, sophomore setter Bridget Bessler came up with her third straight double-double (47 assists, 11 digs) and sixth this season.
The league's top attacker in terms of kills per set, Murray's Brooke Lynn Watts, pounded in a match-best 16 spikes on 68 swings.
They will face Murray again today at 11 a.m.