CSU Volleyball faces must-win game on Senior Night

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COLUMBUS, Ga.  – The Columbus State University women’s volleyball team will look to keep its season alive Friday playing its regular season finale against Montevallo. The Peach Belt Conference match will begin at 7 p.m. inside the Lumpkin Center.

The match is Senior Night for the Lady Cougars as well as CSU’s “Sea of Red Night” so all fans are encourage to wear red to the match.

Last Time Out

Columbus State fell in straight sets to Augusta Wednesday night in a road contest. The Lady Cougars were led by Mary McCarty’s 14 kills, while the senior also added two blocks.

Cornett on Matchup

“Obviously, this is a huge match,” said head coach Casey Cornett. “We have to execute much better and be ready to battle because Montevallo is also playing for its season.”

Series History

Friday’s meeting with Montevallo will be Columbus State’s 10th match against the Falcons, the most of any opponent. Montevallo holds a slight 5-4 advantage, but the Lady Cougars are 2-1 against UM in Columbus. CSU swept Montevallo on September 27.

About Montevallo

The Falcons enter Friday’s match with a 12-15 overall record and a 5-12 mark inside the conference. UM fell 3-1 at Georgia College on Tuesday extending Montevallo’s losing streak to five.

Kristy Bohan has put together a very fine season averaging 4.30 kills per set while hitting .332. The junior leads the PBC in kills per set, total kills (443) and blocks per set (1.11).

Montevallo has another conference leader as Brie Blume paces the PBC in service aces. Blume has 70 aces, 23 more than Abby King who is second in the conference with 47.

The Falcons lead the PBC in total blocks (248) and blocks per set (2.33).

CSU Notes

Columbus State (14-13, 5-12) is in search of its third PBC Tournament berth. With a win, CSU will clinch the eighth spot and advance to the tournament after missing the postseason last year.

With her 12 kills on Wednesday, McCarty surpassed 300 kills on the season. She is just the third different Lady Cougar to achieve the feat. The senior has 561 career kills, the fourth-most in program history.

Fellow senior Megan Frame needs just seven kills to surpass the 900-career kill total. Frame is already the program leader in kills and hitting percentage.

Wednesday’s match was just the second time this season that Columbus State did not record a service ace.

Senior Caytlin Merritt needs just six kills to break her own program record for digs in a season. Merritt has 452 digs this year, the sixth most in the PBC.

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