Owls Remain Undefeated at Home with Sweep of UAB

Owls Remain Undefeated at Home with Sweep of UAB

KENNESAW, Ga. (ksuowls.com) – The Owls continued to be unstoppable at home in 2022, as the Kennesaw State volleyball team claimed its fourth 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-22) sweep of the season inside the Convocation Center to move to 4-0 at home, 7-3 overall on Tuesday night after blanking the visiting UAB Blazers. KSU has yet to drop a set at home this season and have won 13 straight dating back to last season's final home match, a 3-1 win over FGCU.

OWL OF THE GAME: Junior McKinley Ferguson posted the Owls' first double-double of the season thanks to a team-high 22 assists and a career-high tying 14 digs, which also paced KSU. She added four kills as well on just eight attempts, along with one ace and one block.

STAT OF THE GAME: Defense was key for the Owls, as KSU held the Blazers to under a .100 hitting percentage in both the first (.097) and second (.024) sets. While the Owls finished with their lowest hitting percentage in a win this season at .216 (37K-15E-102TA), they managed to tough out enough points to keep alive their perfect home record.

SET ONE: KSU led almost the entire way but could never completely shake off the Blazers until late. Following an attack error from the Owls, UAB closed within 16-15 and held the serve, but would give the point right back off a service error. That started a 6-0 run for KSU for a 22-15 lead on the way to the six-point victory.

SET TWO: This was the deciding point of the overall match, as the Blazers looked to be on their way to knotting the contest at 1-1 thanks to holding a 19-14 advantage. KSU would not back down, fighting its way back into the set with four straight points, capped by back-to-back kills to make the score 19-18. An attack error put UAB up two, but KSU countered with six of the next seven points for a 24-21 advantage. The Owls claimed the set 25-23 thanks to a kill from Emma Schurfranz.

SET THREE: This final set was full of runs, with KSU going up 7-3 early. The Blazers showed they weren't ready to back down either, scoring 12 of the next 17 points for their largest lead of the set at 15-13. Schufranz ended any hope for the Blazers by sparking a 6-0 run to put the Owls up 19-16, and KSU led by least two the rest of the match.

QUOTEABLE: "We showed some nice moments of resilience tonight. We had some smooth stretches of play when we were really clicking, and then we dealt with some rough patches when UAB's serve really got us out of our rhythm. I'm proud of our team for continuing to battle and staying the course. It's a 3-0 win against a nice team no matter how you slice it. I'm also very proud of our group for being 7-3 with the schedule we played heading into conference play. As long as we continue to train hard and get better, we have great stuff ahead for this group." – KSU head coach Keith Schunzel 

-KSU's 13-set win streak in the Convocation Center is the second-longest ever set win streak at home, behind a 20-set streak during the 2015 season.
-The Owls' 7-3 non-conference mark is the second-best in school history, trailing just the 2015 squad's 8-3 record.
-KSU's nine-match home win streak is tied for the 19th-longest active streak in the nation.
-Dani Ballou paced the Owls on offense with 12 kills along with four blocks. Schurfranz added eight kills and three blocks, while Claire Parsons finished with six kills and a team-high seven blocks.

NEXT TIME OUT: The Owls have concluded the non-conference portion of their schedule, and will next return to action on Friday, Sept. 23 with their ASUN opener against North Alabama at 7 pm in the Convocation Center.  


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