ATLANTA – With the 2022 ASUN Conference Volleyball season approaching, we preview each of the 14 conference squads in preparation for the 38th season of ASUN Volleyball. Eastern Kentucky was selected to finish ninth in the Preseason Coaches Poll as the Colonels grabbed 10 victories a season ago.
Johnna Bazzani heads into her fourth year as Head Coach of EKU looking to get the club over .500 in league play this year after finishing at 7-9 within the ASUN in 2021. The Colonels did finish 5-4 on their home floor inside McBrayer Arena and they look to improve in all areas with a squad that features nine upperclassmen on the roster. The dynamic duo of outside hitters Molly Michalak and Sarah Mitchell both went over 350 kills with 358 and 354, respectively. As a team, EKU possessed a strong defense above the net after coming in second in solo blocks with 46 as three players registered 10 rejections apiece.
The squad opens the season on Aug. 26 in the Colonel Challenge with outings against IUPUI, Radford and Tennessee-Martin. A couple more invitationals are on deck before league action, as well as a contest against SEC foe Ole Miss in Mobile, Ala., on Sept. 16. EKU then plays at South Alabama the very next day in preparation for Lipscomb in their league home opener on Sept. 23 and ASUN newcomer Austin Peay on Sept. 24. The Colonels open their conference road slate with two games at Central Arkansas (Sept. 30) and North Alabama (Oct. 2).
Eastern Kentucky Team Quick Facts
2021 Record: 10-21 (7-9 ASUN)
Best Single-Season Record All-Time in Division I: 27-5 (2004)
ASUN Championship Titles: None
ASUN Regular Season Titles: None
NCAA Division I Tournament Berths: 2 (1984, 2004)
ASUN Opener: vs. Lipscomb (Sept. 23)
Head Coach: Johnna Bazzani (San Diego State, 2014)
Career Record: 21-56 (3 Years)
Eastern Kentucky Record: Same
Staff: Jeff Patton, Kendall Murr
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