Jaspers Head To Toledo For Blue And Gold Tournament


Toledo, OH - Manhattan volleyball will play its final non-conference tournament of the season this weekend at the University of Toledo's Blue and Gold Tournament. The Jaspers open up against Duquesne on Friday, September 7 at 5:00 pm, and continue to Saturday with matches against Morehead State at 10:00 am and Toledo at 7:00 pm. The weekend tournament is a homecoming for Manhattan Head Coach Lora Sarich, who played volleyball at Toledo and graduated in 2007. This will be her first visit back as a head coach, as well as her first return during volleyball season. "I think this will be a neat opportunity to show the team, as I'm building this program, what my background is," Sarich said. Game Notes:

  • On August 31, Toledo's Maurissa Leonard broke Sarich's all-time digs record (1,736). Toledo will honor Leonard before the Jaspers' match with the Rockets on Saturday.

  • Manhattan senior libero Alyssa Rehrer (Lorton, VA / South County) earned her place on Manhattan's top 10 all-time digs list this past weekend. She currently sits at 1,150 for her career, and will look to catch up to former Jasper Tahleen Varian (1997-2000) who is in eighth place at 1,184. Rehrer is averaging a team-high 4.43 digs per set.

  • Manhattan (0-7) is looking for its first match win this season. Senior Kenza Hall (Oakland, CA / Middle Tennessee State) is hitting .224 and averaging 1.31 kills per set for the Jaspers, while senior Casey Monroe (Riverview, FL / Riverview) has registered a team-best 1.73 terminations per set.

  • Manhattan's Erin Hoener (St. Louis, MO / Incarnate Word) ranks in the MAAC's top 10 for blocks per set. The sophomore middle blocker has 14 blocks for the season and averages 0.74 per set.

  • Senior defensive specialist Samantha Wagner (Sandy, UT / Hofstra) leads the MAAC in service aces per set (0.5). In 16 sets played so far this season, Wagner has tallied eight aces.

  • The Duquesne Dukes (3-3) are coming off a five-set win against Saint Francis University on September 4. Reigning A-10 Defensive Player of the Week Camryn Vecera had 20 digs for the Dukes, while Camryn Thomas finished with career-highs nine kills and hit .353 with two solo blocks and five block assists.

  • Setter Dani Suiter leads Duquesne (3-3) in assists this season (232), ranking second in the Atlantic 10. She also leads the league in service aces (12) and aces per set (0.5).

  • Morehead State (5-2) is averaging 12.7 kills per set, while the Eagles' opponents are averaging 11.4. Morehead State is also averaging 14.9 digs per set as a team.

  • Outside hitter Olvia Lohmeier leads the Eagles with 90.5 points so far this season, as well as 80 kills.

  • Toledo (1-5) has averaged 39.5 attacks per set, 13th-most in the NCAA so far. In addition, opponents are hitting just .158 against Toledo, the lowest of any MAC team.

  • Toledo is the only team in the MAC with two players in the top 10 for assists per set: Maddie Fogg (8.43, sixth) and Carly Townsend (7.58, seventh).

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