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Volleyball Looks to Stay Hot at MSU Invitational

UAlbany Sports Information   09-13-2018

Sept. 14 vs. Michigan State

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Sept. 15 at Western Michigan

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Sept. 15 vs UAB

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Albany, N.Y. — The UAlbany volleyball team, fresh off a sweep of the FGCU Invitational, will head to Michigan this weekend for three matches as part of the Auto Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational.

The Great Danes will face host Michigan State on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and Western Michigan (1 p.m.) and UAB (5:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 15. 

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Records

UAlbany (3-5) | Michigan State (9-1) | Western Michigan (8-3) | UAB (8-3)

Quick Hits

  • UAlbany is coming off a 3-0 tournament sweep at the FGCU Invitational to capture the title at the Eagle’s tournament.
  • Junior Akuabata Okenwa was named the MVP of the tournament, while classmate Kelly Cameron and senior Nicole Otero earned all-tournament honors as well.
  • UAlbany is currently riding a three-game win streak — its longest of the year.
  • (RV) Michigan State is in the midst of a nine-game win streak.
  • UAB owns a 6-1 clip in neutral site matches this season.
  • Western Michigan has yet to win a weekend tournament.

Digging Her Way to the Top

Nicole Otero earned her 1500th career dig on Sept. 7 against Western Illinois. Otero becomes just the fourth Great Dane to eclipse the 1,500-dig mark. Her 1,554 career digs put her fourth on the all-time career list.

Ace High

The Great Danes lead the American East Conference averaging 1.40 aces per set. Danielle Tedesco and Kelly Cameron rank first and second, respectively, amongst the league. Tedesco is posting 0.37 assists per set while Cameron trails slightly with 0.34.

Diggin’ It

Two-time America East Defensive Specialist of the Year, Nicole Otero is one of two AE defensive specialist to record 150 digs in the early weeks of the season. The senior enters the weekend averaging 4.86 digs per set.

Notables

  • Junior Akuabata Okenwa was named the FGCU Invitational’s Most Valuable Player, earning all-tournament honors. She was joined on the FGCU All-Tournament Team by Nicole Otero and Kelly Cameron
  • Akuabata Okenwa earned Black Knight Invitational All-Tournament Honors on Sept. 1, after racking up 35 kills and seven blocks over the weekend.
  • Senior Nicole Otero was named to the Sports Inform Classic All-Tournament Team on August 25 following a tournament-high 46 digs.

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